Walk Distance: 1.2 km
Walk Duration: 30 minutes at good toddler pace, a lot less with older children!
Ordnance Survey: OS Landranger 158 Pembroke & Tenby; OS Explorer OL36 South Pembrokeshire (although this is an easy town walk & you don’t really need a map).
Suitable for: Pushchairs, babies in carriers, toddlers, all the family.
Walk Features: Fantastic castle views, waterside walking, ducks to feed, flat paved paths the whole way.
Pembroke Castle is justly famous, not least as the birthplace of Henry VII. If you don’t have the time or inclination to explore inside Pembroke Castle ‘s impressive walls but still want to see it at its best, then this walk is for you. The easy 1km stroll on paved paths takes you around the outside of Pembroke Castle giving you fantastic views back across the water towards its towering walls.
With plenty of benches along the way, we opted for a picnic on the opposite banks with Roo to enjoy the view over our sandwiches. The views from here are definitely worth the short walk – whether you visit inside Pembroke Castle or not.
This walk starts from the car park under Pembroke Castle’s looming walls. With your back to the bridge and main road, walk out the far end of the car park joining a small paved path that runs under Pembroke Castle ‘s ramparts. It’s a pretty formidable view up and makes you realise what a daunting prospect storming this particular fort must have been for invaders in its turbulent past.
Follow the path around the base of the castle, passing by the Wogan Watergate – a vast natural cavern in the cliff-face which was included into Pembroke Castle ‘s defences and used for storage and access to the river.
Around the corner the path meanders towards the main street. When you come to the road, turn right and walk a short distance over the bridge before turning right again away from the road once more and onto a quiet lane.
Walk along the paved track following the south bank of the river as it winds back past Pembroke Castle. You will come to a bridge – cross over and you will come to a fantastic spot to view and photograph the caste across the water.
Continue your walk back along the path to the main road. Turn right across the bridge and right again to return to the car park and start of the walk.
Map of Route:
The walk starts from the public car park below Pembroke Castle although you can easily join it from the opposite side of the castle too.
Rate this walk: