Walking Pembrokeshire

Lower Gwaun Woodland Walk

It's good to walk, so why not step out and sample some of the walks your town has to offer. This pleasant and interesting walk which starts and finishes at the Harbour Car Park, Lower Fishguard is one of a number of town and country walks which have been produced by Pembrokeshire County Council. 

Enjoy this short riverside walk which mixes superb river valley and sea views, interesting vernacular architecture with native deciduous woodland and associated bird life. The riverside path is wet and muddy at all seasons, so take care.

Walking: The Harbour car park, Lower Town, is a short walk from Fishguard town centre, down the A487 road. 
Bus: 410 (Fishguard Town Service) - Bus Timetables (opens in a new tab)
Train: Nearest station is at Goodwick and connect with bus services 410, 411 and 412 Transport for Wales (opens in a new tab)
Road Map: Search for "Fishguard"
Parking: There is a large, free car park on Lower Town Harbour
Toilets: Public toilets at the start and finish of the walk on the Harbour
Refreshments: Available at the end of the Harbour (seasonal) and in Fishguard town centre, up Tower Hill for the Lower Town car park

Start/Finish: Lower Town Harbour, Fishguard
Distance: 2.2 miles, 1hour
Walking Steps: 0
Terrain: Tarmac and very muddy paths
Stiles: 0
Gates: 0
Steps: 0
Bridges: 0
Views: 2
Car Park: 1

  • Begin the walk at the free harbour car park in Lower Fishguard, from where there are marvellous sea views (1).
  • All around the harbour are fine examples of vernacular architecture, including a former 19th Century quayside warehouse.
  • Walk toward Lower Town bridge (3)
  • Cross it and turn left onto a waymarked lane (4), taking care whilst crossing the busy A487.
  • Follow this lane alongside the river (5). After about 100yds on the left is an inscribed stone marking the spot where a mass revivalist baptism was carried out on a cold January day in 1905. A further 50 yds on the right is the restored Pistyll limb kiln (circa 1800). Eventually the lane narrows into a muddy path and you enter stretches of native deciduous woodland with beautiful water meadows on the opposite riverbank (6).
  • Keep on this path as it undulates alongside the river (7), and up a slope with a stone wall to the left.
  • The path deviates from the river and there are views back down the valley towards Lower Fishguard (8).
  • Eventually the path approaches the river again and then rises alongside it on a fascinating river terrace (9).
  • Finally, you descend towards the river again, passing a ruined building and arrive back at the river. The path is impassable here and often flooded although you can continue on the path up the side of the woodland for a short distance where you have magnificent views of the valley and beyond (10).
  • Turn around and walk back, enjoying the pleasures of this delightful riverside walk for the second time.



ID: 238, revised 28/11/2023