Pembrokeshire walks - Lawrenny

Armed with two children, the dogs and the prospect of lunch at the Quayside Tearooms as the prize, The Rees family headed to Lawrenny to tackle the circular trail.

Taking in the ancient woodlands, mudflats and spectacular meadow views of the Carew and Cresswell rivers and Daugleddau estuary, this 3 mile walk is perfect for all the family.

Duration: 1hr 30mins - 1:45

Length: 2.8 miles (4.5 km)

Terrain: Varied. This walk is perfect for families but maybe with slightly older children. The homeward leg from Garron Pill along the Daugleddau estuary (high tide route) has a fair bit of ups and downs, undulating rather than steep and the path is criss-crossed with tree roots so very little legs might stumble a bit.

Tip: You might consider long trousers as although the path is well defined those pesky brambles do love to encroach.

Footwear: There was a full range of attire from full on walking boots to trail shoes and trainers. Wellies would be ok but in wet weather along the hightide route the path might get slippery.

Download a copy of the route map from Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

The route 

Starting across the road from the pub the route begins with a gentle uphill stroll through mixed broad leaf woodland and the first stop, of many, for a quick swing and climb.

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Breaking through the trees, a vista reveals itself that make you stop in your tracks. You don’t expect that.

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Head through the farm land, dodging the cow pats and across into the village. NOTE: there might be cows in the field and possibly with young. Keep dogs under close control.

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The path emerges just outside the gates of the 12th century St Caradoc’s Church. At this point, if you need a shortcut, you can turn right and follow the road back round to Lawrenny or continue left through the village to Garron Pill.


The high hedges suddenly reveal Garron Pill where the route swings left along the creek, and at low tide, the very sticky mud flats. The air was full of the chatter of oystercatchers and curlews as they comb the flats for a tasty morsel.

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Lawrenny wildlife

Scattered with fallen and washed up trees, the high water line make a perfect place for a pit stop - sturdy branches to swing and climb on and stones to throw into the gloopy mud - before the route heads back into the ancient woodland.

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The trail heads up into the woodland of ancient sessile oak with their twisted boughs. As the path weaves its way along the shoreline: up, down and around, you catch glimpses of the estuary below and across the water to Benton Castle


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Once you’ve spotted Benton Castle you’re nearly there, through the final gate and that prize of lunch at the Quayside Tearoom awaits you.

Lawrenny final gate



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The verdict.

Claire & Ceri “The views of the estuary from the meadow were breathtaking. The final section along the high level route was more undulating that expected but still thoroughly enjoyable”

Iolo, 12 “The tree swing was a surprise and running through the meadow with the dogs was good fun. Oh yes, scaring Ella in the woods“

Ella, 15 “not too long!”

Need a more level terrain? Try some of our suggestions for accessible walks, perfect for families with smaller children and pushchairs.


 Just come back from a week’s break in St Davids - loved the area completely, and the local people are brilliant. Highly recommended is a boat trip to Ramsey Island.  
Adam, Somerset

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