heathfield woods

West Wales Walks – Heathfield Woods, near Letterston

If you are looking for a fairly short dog-friendly walk in the North Pembrokeshire area, then a visit to Heathfield Woods near Letterston is recommended – take the B4331 from Letterston towards Castlemorris and park at the junction near the railway bridge. A short walk along the side of the road will take you to Healthfield Lodge – described by a local estate agent as a ‘Hansel and Gretel’ cottage so you cannot miss it. Turn left here and walk a few hundred yards down the lane until the gap in the woods with footpath signs.

beginning of Heathfield Woodds walk

From there you can take various routes – just explore the ancient woodlands and come back via a higher or lower path, or continue until the field and climb up to circuit fields and look over the railway line before coming back in a circle along a hedge-lined path. There is plenty to see – glorious woodland, a river, field and views if you take the upper route. All year round this is s good place to explore and enjoy – maybe with wellies in winter as the lower tracks can be quite boggy.

The railway itself is interesting as numerous attempts to build a line to Fishguard were started and abandoned due to the difficult terrain, lack of funds and it was only completed in 1893 by the Fishguard and Rosslare Railway and Harbour Company. You can easily not notice these woods when you are on the train and drivers on the Haverfordwest to Fishguard would also not realise how near this walk is to the main road.

This is one of those treasures that you are delighted to discover and we are grateful for the local resident who told us about this place!

Suzanne Ashworth of West Wales Web and Pembrokeshire Life Online
Words & Images by Suzanne Ashworth

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