Walk Distance: 0.8km
Walk Duration: 35 minutes (with stop-off at viewpoint)
Ordnance Survey: OS Landranger 157 St. David’s & Haverford West; OS Explorer OL35 North Pembrokeshire
Suitable for: babies in carriers, good little walkers, older children.
Walk Features: Fantastic views across Strumble Head, Strumble Head lighthouse and surrounding coastline, trig point, Iron Age hill fort.
Strumble Head and its famous lighthouse are a firm feature on may tourists’ itineraries when visiting North Pembrokeshire. This super-short walk up to the trig point on Garn Fawr however is often overlooked despite offering probably the best view of the area!
The climb up is a little tough for small legs but at under half a km, is not too hard with a little parent patience. The trig itself requires a scramble and is perhaps best avoided with tiny walkers (we did climb up but held on tightly to Roo). You can still get great views from the path below if you’d rather not try it.
As well as the amazing views, I also loved the profusion of wild flowers on Garn Fawr, with early summer bursting forth with the hot pink of the fox gloves and lots of butterflies making the most of such a favourable habitat.
The walk up to Garn Fawr is super simple and requires very little navigation or effort. The hardest part is probably finding the car park! Garn Fawr is an old rocky volcanic outcrop and was also the site of an Iron Age hill fort, the evidence of which is still clear today.
The Garn Fawr walk begins from the National Trust car park below its summit. Head out and onto the path at the entrance and follow the narrow grassy path up the hillside. The walk follows some dry stone walling before continuing to zig zag round up to the top.
Gradually the path levels out and follow the line of a dry stone wall towards Garn Fawr ‘s trig point. You can make a quick detour here if you like for the scramble up to the trig itself although do take care with young children. The spot just below the trig on Garn Fawr also makes for a pleasant sheltered area to enjoy a snack.
From here the path follows on along the top of the hill, opening out into fantastic views across the Strumble Head peninsula and down to Strumble Head lighthouse, which flashes distantly in the sun.
It is possible to also walk on a path around the base of Garn Fawr and even link up on a much longer walk down to join the Pembroke Coast Path at but for those just wanting a short stroll and an amazing view, this short stroll to Garn Fawr ‘s summit is unmissable.
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The National Trust car park for Garn Fawr can be found just off the small lane leading north-west from the village of Harmony.
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