Walking Pembrokeshire

Haverfordwest Fortunes Frolic Walk

This pleasant and undulating circular walk takes you from Haverfordwest town centre along Fortune's Frolic, Higgons' Well and St Ismael's church before re-tracing your steps back to the town centre.

Walking: If you live in Haverfordwest you can walk to the start of this walk. Head down Salutation Square and County Hall.
Bus: The start of this walk is a few minutes from Haverfordwest bus station
Pembrokeshire Bus Routes: Bus Routes - Pembrokeshire
Train: Nearest station - Haverfordwest. Arriva Trains Wales
Road Map: Multimap - Search for "Haverfordwest"
Parking: There is a car park off Cambrian place, past the army building on your right, on the Frolic Road.

Start / Finish: County Hall Car Park
Distance: 3.13 miles - 1hr 45mins - 2 hours (approx)
Walking Steps: This route is: 16,500 steps
Terrain: Varying between tarmac, gravel and grass may be muddy after rain, one steep climb and one steep descent. This walk has easy access from the Frolic Car Park, the first section of the walk is flat, however the surface at present is not suitable for prams and wheelchairs
Stiles: 4
Gates: 4
Sets of Steps: 2
Car Parks: 1
Views: Over the Cleddau towards Haverfordwest

 

  • There are two starting points: a) Start the walk behind County Hall and follow the path along the river's edge, and through the park. At the end of the path walk under the road bridge, turn left and follow the track to the Frolic Road. At the road turn right, under the railway-bridge, and along the road into Fortune's Frolic car park. b) Alternatively start walking from Pembrokeshire County Council's County Hall car park, after a few paces carefully cross the A476 road in front of county hall and turn right, along the side road, past the army building on your right. Continue to the end of this road, which leads to fortune frolics car park.
  • Next to the car park is an information board, turn left and follow the single grassy track road, keep on this path with the river to your right.
  • If you live on the Uzmaston Road you can join the narrow, waymarked path at the railway bridge, which drops steeply to Fortune's frolic. Turn left at the bottom and follow the single-track grassy road.
  • The path narrows to a single track, leading past Higgon's Well house on your left. Walk in front of the house and continue along the path, passing Higgon's Well on your right which is reputed to have never dried up.
  • Go through the kissing gate and proceed along the narrow path taking in the wildlife and along the Cleddau River, which includes Canada Geese, Mallards, Kingfishers and Swans.
  • Cross a stile and enjoy the river views back to Haverfordwest before the path turns inland to the left and begins to rise steeply, negotiating 23 steps.
  • Go through the gate at the end of this steep section and continue forward along the tree root covered path as it opens in to a field.
  • Cross the field towards St Ismael's churchyard, which is easily seen on the brow of the hill. There is a gate into the churchyard with two small steps. Walk thorough the churchyard and over a stone style on the far side which leads onto the main road in the pleasant hamlet of Uzmaston.
  • Follow the tarmacadem road for a short distance until you rejoin the gated footpath on your left. Once through the gate follow the lovely farm lane which eventually opens out were several farms lanes meet. Bear right here and you will see a stile ahead of you.
  • Climb over the stile and follow a wellmarked sunken path that slopes gently down through a field towards another style. Climb over the style and follow the narrow descending path through deciduous woodland.
  • This path becomes steeper and crosses a spring where railway sleepers have been added to make walking easier.
  • At the bottom of the wooded path you rejoin the river path you followed earlier. Turn right here and retrace your steps towards Higgins's Well and the Fortune's Frolic.

 

ID: 253, revised 17/10/2017