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. Transport for Wales
Road Map: Multimap (opens in a new tab) - Search for "Haverfordwest"
Parking: There is a car park at The Frolic. Follow the Uzmaston sign from the roundabout and bear right shortly afterwards before the road starts to climb. Pass the army building on your right, go under the bridge and the car parking area is on your right a little further on. Free parking is also available in front of County Hall at weekends.

Start / Finish: County Hall Car Park
Distance: 2.8 miles - 1hr 45mins - 2 hours (approx)
Terrain: Varying between tarmac, gravel and grass may be muddy after rain, one fairly steep climb and one fairly steep descent. This walk has easy access from the Frolic Car Park, the first section of the walk is flat.
Stiles: 1
Gates: 4
Sets of Steps: 2
Car Parks: 2
Views: Over the River Cleddau towards Haverfordwest

  • There are two starting points: a) Start the walk on the river side of 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 A4076 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's Frolic car park.
  • At the end of the car park is an information board, follow the single grassy track road beyond the gate marked Higgons Well and keep on this path with the river to your right.
  • If you live on the New Road you can join the surfaced path at the railway bridge, which drops steeply down 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, the first section of which is surfaced, taking in the wildlife along the Cleddau River, which includes Canada Geese, Mallards, Kingfishers and Swans.
  • Go through a gate and continue on, enjoying the river views back to Haverfordwest before the path turns inland to the left and begins to rise fairly steeply, negotiating a few steps.
  • Go through the kissing 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 kissing 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 road through the pleasant hamlet of Uzmaston.
  • Turn left follow the tarmacadam road for about 1/4 mile until you rejoin the gated footpath on your left. Once through the gate follow the lovely tree lined lane which eventually opens out where several field accesses meet. Bear right here and you will see a kissing gate ahead of you.
  • Once through the gate follow a sunken path that slopes gently down through the middle of a field towards another kissing gate. Follow the narrow descending path beyond the gate through deciduous woodland.
  • At the bottom of the wooded path you rejoin the river path you followed earlier. Turn right here and retrace your steps towards Higgon's Well and the Fortune's Frolic. Alternatively follow the meandering path closer to the river from a point just beyond Higgon's Well.


ID: 253, revised 28/11/2023