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Couple walking the dog over a bridge at Colby Woodland Garden, Pembrokeshire
Walking the dog at Colby Woodland Garden, Pembrokeshire | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

Colby Woodland Garden walk

Explore secret spaces and historical features on this lovely family walk, with plenty of wildlife to discover along the way. Visit the Walled Garden, meadows and follow woodland paths with glimpses of the sea from the highest viewpoint. There are spots for a picnic and the option of a longer trail to Amroth beach and village if you’d like a longer adventure.

Wildlife to spot

In spring look out for snowdrops, bluebells, and rhododendrons in flower. From June the flowers in the meadow will be blooming and in autumn look out for jays and redwings. In winter you might spot dippers or grey wagtails by the stream.

Total steps: 8

Total steps: 8

Start point

Colby Woodland car park, grid ref: SN158080

Step 1

From the bottom of the main car park walk through the main entrance to Colby Woodland Garden. Pass the Walled Garden on your right-hand side, which you can explore before continuing along the trail.

A white gazebo in the Walled Garden in summer at Colby Woodland Garden, Pembrokeshire
The Walled Garden in summer at Colby Woodland Garden, Pembrokeshire | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

Step 2

After visiting the Walled Garden, go past the visitor centre and second-hand bookshop, down the steps and turn left. Pass the green gates leading to the East Wood then turn right into the wildflower meadow.

Step 3

Take the right-hand path after entering the wildflower meadow and cross the bridge. At the next junction turn left into the West Wood. Stay on the lower path to arrive at the Pamela Chance memorial and an old coal mine shaft. Opposite is the old iron wheel that used to cap the mineshaft. For a more accessible route continue on this path and skip to trail step 7 when you meet the wooden hedgehog sculpture.

Step 4

Turn right just before the iron wheel and look for the tall Japanese Red Cedar. Walk past the tree and turn left up the stone steps to the pond where you might see newts.

Step 5

Go straight ahead, climbing the steep uphill path past lots of Great Chinese Rhododendrons. It’s quite steep so take your time. Keep right uphill off the main path after the bench then turn left.

Step 6

Turn right off the main path and immediately keep left downhill to reach the sea viewpoint. Turn left from the viewpoint and head straight downhill. Continue right at the fork. Take the next right downhill and look up to admire the Pine next to you.

Step 7

Once back on the level gradient path at the bottom of the West Wood turn right, walking behind Cwms cottage. Turn left at the next junction and go over the bridge across the stream.

Step 8

If you’d like a longer walk continue right and follow the path straight down to Amroth beach and village. Otherwise turn left and follow the path straight back to the facilities and car park.

End point

Colby woodland car park, grid ref: SN158080

Trail map

Illustrated map of Colby Woodland Garden
Illustrated map of Colby Woodland Garden | © National Trust Images/ Kate Chidley

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