Miners Walk (long version)
It's good to walk, so why not step out and sample some of the walks your neighbourhood has to offer. This medium length walk which starts and finishes at the Community Centre car park in Kilgetty is one of a number of town and country walks which have been produced by Pembrokeshire County Council.
This walks follows the route of the Miners Walk along the new multi-user path from Kilgetty towards Thomas Chapel then continues along lanes and grassy paths though Kilgetty Wood. It links with the short and easier version of the Miners Walk as well as the Stepaside Ironworks Circular Walk. All three walks offer a fascinating glimpse into Pembrokeshire's industrial past as well as beautiful views of the local landscape.
The Miners Walk is an historical walk that links a number of historic industrial sites in south Pembrokeshire. It also offers beautiful views of the local landscape and an opportunity to spend a few relaxing hours in unspoilt countryside. This long version of the walk uses the new multi-user path as well as more strenuous paths. It also connects with the Stepaside Ironworks Circular Walk (for further details see elsewhere on the web walks site).
Begin the walk at the Community Centre car park in Kilgetty and walk westwards along the pavement towards the roundabout. Cross the road and continue westwards past the Begelly Arms Hotel until you see a gap on your right between two bungalows - Camelia and Tara.
Walking: The walk begins and ends at the Community Centre car park in Kilgetty.
Bus: 381 Tenby - Haverfordwest. Alight at Kilgetty post office Bus Timetables
Train: Nearest station is at Kilgetty. Arriva Trains Wales
Road Map: www.multimap.com Search for "Kilgetty, Pembrokeshire".
Parking: There is a free car park at the Community Centre, Kilgetty, where the walk begins and ends.
Toilets: There are public toilets in the Community Centre car park.
Refreshments: Kilgetty village has a number of shops, café and public house.
Start / Finish: Community Centre car park, Kilgetty.
Distance: 6 miles (9.5 kilometres), ? hours
Terrain: This is a short, easy walk over pavements and the multi-user path
Car Park: 1
- The path between these bungalows takes you up onto the Miners Walk - this section forms part of the newly created multi-user path (1).
- The surface is fine for prams, wheelchairs, and for anyone with a sturdy pair of footwear. Full hiking gear is not required! This is part of the short version of the walk.
- Follow this path across beautiful south Pembrokeshire pastureland, through copses of deciduous woodland, and through five gates.
- At the sixth gate you reach a lane on the edge of the hamlet of Thomas Chapel. This is where the Miners Walk short version returns to Kilgetty.
- As you are on the long version of the Miners Walk, cross the lane, climb over a stile, and follow the path as it weaves its way through further woodland, past a ruined mill (4), and across pastureland.
- Upon reaching another lane, turn left, then immediately right onto a farm track. At the farmyard turn left, go through a couple of gates and cross several fields until you reach the A478.
- Cross this busy road with great care, bear left and turn right shortly afterwards onto a country lane. Follow this lane until you reach a railway bridge. Turn left here onto another farm track. Walk down it past two houses then go through a gate and down a short grassy slope and turn right onto a wider path.
- You are now back on the Miners Walk with splendid views south over Ford's Lake Valley and heading into Kilgetty Wood.
- Shortly after crossing a brook, do not follow the seemingly obvious path but turn right at a waymarker and over two stiles into a field which leads into Penrath Caravan Park. On the far side of the Caravan Park are two gates. Take the left option leading to a green lane and across several fields.
- This takes you back into a beautiful deciduous section of Kilgetty Wood.
- Soon this becomes a coniferous plantation and there is a delightful change in atmospheres. At the end of the conifers there is a gate which takes you into a final field.
- Cross the field and a stile, turn left into a lane and you return to the main road through Kilgetty village. Turn right on the main road back towards the Community Centre.