St Brides Castle

Pembrokeshire, Wales

Carew River walking and hiking route

Start/Car Parking - Small roadside lay-by close to Ford bridge on the minor road connecting Milton with Cosheston, grid reference 029034.

From St. Bride's drive via Tiers Cross and Johnston to the bridge across the Cleddau, signposted to Pembroke Dock. Turn left along A477 towards St Clear's, then left again in Milton village. The lay-by is a little less than one mile along this minor road.

This pleasant walk, largely in attractive mixed deciduous woodland close by the side of the Carew River, makes a change from the understandably popular coastal path. Close by, Carew Castle, Carew Tidal Mill and the Celtic Cross provide an alluring concentration of visitor attractions.

The walking is entirely easy, although there is a distinct likelihood of mud, the worst sections being crossed on boardwalks. The woodland is particularly rich in wild flowers – primroses, ramsons, celandine, bluebells and orchids are all present in Spring.

The views include sections of the tidal river and, from the higher part of the route, Carew Castle and the Preselli Hills.

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Walk Instructions

From the lay-by cross the tiny Ford Bridge, adjacent.

1) Twenty metres after the bridge turn right, over a stile. There is a signpost. Follow the clear path through the woodland, go through a little gate. The path is never far from the tidal river; after passing an area of reed beds, there is a faint path deviating to the right to reach Hakin Point, with uninterrupted views up river towards the tidal mill. Continue along the main path, with little bridges and boardwalks easing the way past the worst of the mud. Look out for a lime kiln just to the right of the track. Go through another little gate before approaching a stile.

Forty metres to the right is the long abandoned ruin of Paskeston Cottage.

2) Go over the waymarked stile to leave the woodland, turning left, up the left edge of a meadow. Go straight ahead, rising between rows of mature trees to a gate/stile in the top corner. Carry on along a broad track, fenced on the right.

From this highest part of the circuit Upton Castle is in view behind and Carew Castle can be seen through gaps in the hedge to the left. The distant hills are the southern part of the Preselli range.

Pass woodland on the left before reaching a house. Go through a farm gate.

3) In 50m., as the main track continues into the grounds of Paskeston Hall turn right at a signpost, go through a waymarked farm gate and continue along the left edge of a large meadow, the path hardly visible on the ground, passing behind Paskeston Hall. After another gate at the top of the meadow, bear left to descend through woodland and join a Paskeston Hall access track. Turn right to walk past a lodge and reach the public road.

4) Turn left to walk by the roadside back to the parking place.

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Disclaimer: This route was correct at time of writing. However, alterations can happen if development or boundary changes occur, and there is no guarantee of permanent access. These walks have been published for use by site visitors on the understanding that neither HPB Management Limited nor any other person connected with Holiday Property Bond is responsible for the safety or wellbeing of those following the routes as described. It is walkers' own responsibility to be adequately prepared and equipped for the ‎level of walk and the weather conditions and to assess the safety and accessibility of the walk.

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