Wrap up warm and kick some leaves
We’ve spent the last week running around the county getting the low down on the best leaf-scuffing spots from the most discerning audience we know…kids!
So here’s our round up of the top five places that are child (and buggy) friendly, and are home to some of the loveliest, colourful trees and leaves this windy season.
Before you head out download our simple leaf spotting sheet and see how many leaves you can find.
Ffynnone woods near Boncath
Not too far and ending in a waterfall, this walk isn’t tarmacked but a sturdy buggy will make it through! We like it because there’s lots of space to run around, dogs are welcome, the beech trees are shining this time of year, and there’s lots of wildlife on the ponds and in the waterfall. Perfect for an afternoon stroll and just down the road from Cenarth where you can grab a cup of tea and marvel at the falls further down.
How to find: B4332 from Boncath to Cenarth. After Newchapel turn right sign posted Cwm Fynonne. Approx 1 mile along the lane, on the right, a parking area will appear.
Slightly denser than Ffynnonne, Pengelli Forest, not far from Newport, is popular with dog walkers and families alike for its ancient oaks which colour brilliantly this time of the year. Although there’s limited roadside parking, the paths aren’t suitable for buggies or wheelchairs and they can be steep- but there is a variety of shorter and longer walks to choose one to suit all the family’s tastes!
How to find: A487 from Newport to Cardigan heading north. Through Felindre Fachog (Salutation Inn) just outside the village turn left opposite a house right on the road. Lane is also sign posted route 82. Head along this narrow lane for approx 1.3 miles though a ford until you see a gateway and sign on the right for the forest. If there has been lots of rain it might be worth considering another route; the ford may be too deep to pass.
Llechryd to Cilgerran
This beautiful walk is alongside the river, so offers lots of leaf-scuffing opportunities, as well as a chance to look out for river wildlife; swans, moor hens, geese, herons, fish and otters all call this walk home. If you begin at Llechryd you can end up near the Cilgerran Welsh Wildlife Centre too.
How to find: From Cilgerran park at the main car park by the river or from Llechryd park in the unofficial bays by the river.
Cwm yr Eglwys to Pwllgwaelod
This is a great walk for buggies and beach fans. Most of the walk is tarmacked and begins and ends in two beach coves, with refreshments at either end. This is a popular walk with locals and visitors alike and suits all ages for fun in and out of the woodlands.
How to find: There are car parks at both Cwm yr Eglwys and Pwllgwaelod but if you start in Cwm Yr Eglwys to get to have a scrummy hot chocolate in the Old Sailors before heading back.
Colby, Scolton & Stackpole
Okay, so maybe we could squeeze all our favourite walks into just five! But these three are all within estates. Colby, near Amroth is a woodland garden with many specimen trees, and a meadow for little legs to run free in and out of the woodland.
Scolton is set in 60 acres of park and woodland with a Victorian house to visit and walled garden to boot, whilst Stackpole has many walks and has the added bonus of being very close to Bosherston Lakes. All three areas are buggy friendly and offer refreshment of sorts.
For more walk inspiration, check out our top autumn walks.
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