Pembrokeshire walks – Carn Meini

The sky was blue, dotted with the odd ‘Toy Story’ cloud so The Rees family packed the rucksack and headed into the hills - the Preseli Hills.

This gentle 3 mile walk across the open expanse of moorland at the eastern edge of the Preseli hills affords magnificent 360 degree views and with a natural climbing frame at journeys end, it's a perfect family walk.

Duration: 1hr 30mins including lunch stop

Length: 1.5miles (2.4km) one way

Terrain: Moorland. The path is easy to follow but be prepared to divert through the heather as there are boggy areas even after during a dry spell. The gradient is gradual until the final section where there’s a short steep section to the top of one of the rock outcrops but nothing that would hinder all but the smallest legs.

Footwear: Trail shoes and trainers were the footwear of choice. There was a little section of hopping through the heather to find a dry route near the bank of trees and wellies would probably be better for younger children. There’s bound to be some puddle jumping.

Tip: The route although not very long is exposed and weather can change quickly so be prepared. It’s also advisable if walking with dogs to keep them on the lead as the hills are covered with free roaming sheep.

The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park has a route map which takes in Carn Meini plus Foel Drygarn if you’re looking for a slightly longer route.

The route

A small number of car parking spaces can be found along the road side just outside Crymych on the back road to Mynachlog-ddu. Take the short stroll along the bridle path signed across the road until you reach a gate way on your left.

Preseli Hills 1

With the hedge bank to your left and the heather clad Feol Dyrgarn to the right, head towards the plantation of firs at the crest of the hill.

Preseli Hills 2

Preseli 3

It’s at this point the ground becomes more spongy. This is where those wellies come into their own; hours of fun.

Preseli 4

In front of you the jumble of ancient stones reveals itself but don’t forget to turn around and take in the view behind you. You can see all the way beyond the heather clad Foel Drygarn, past Crymych, onto Newcastle Emlyn and even the Black Mountains.

Preseli 6

Preseli Hills 5

The climb to the top of the outcrop is a little steep but thankfully short and the prize at the top is so worth it.

Preseli Hills 7

360 degree views - perfect for a lunch stop

Preseli hills 9

Preseli hills 8

Even the dogs stopped to take in the view

Preseli 10

There was just time to walk on a bit further to Carn Meini and a spot of rock climbing before retracing our steps back to the car.

Preseli 11

Preseli Hills 12

Preseli Hills 13

There is something truly magical about these rocks. Maybe that’s why this type of rock known as Preseli Spotted Dolerite or ‘Bluestone’ ended up being used in the construction of Stonehenge in around 2300BC. How did the rocks get to Stonehenge? well, that's another story!

Explore more of the Preseli hills by walking the Golden Road, the ancient route used by travellers to and from Ireland or try another family friendly walk, this time in Lawrenny on the Daugleddau estuary.

 Such a beautiful idyllic place to holiday and I've been visiting every year since I was a child. Would definitely recommend it as top spot to take a break. 
Louise, Wolverhampton

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Pembrokeshire walks – Carn Meini - Preseli Hills
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