Canaston Wood

There was so much that I couldn’t cram into my blog last week about our trip to Pembrokeshire. Deciding what to include and what not to include was hard: everywhere we went (at least nearly everywhere) was fantastic and special in its own way. One of these places was Canaston Wood, a leafy green wonderland which you could easily drive straight past on your way to the coast.

We love a good woodland walk, and Canaston Woods is up there with the best of them. With miles of woodland trails winding their way through the canopy, you’ll experience every shade of green and find secret treasures in hidden corners. Canaston Woods is justifiably popular with locals and tourists alike, but step away from the main track and you immediately feel like you have the place entirely to yourself.

The walk we followed was a five mile circular we found in our Cicerone guide to Pembrokeshire, but there are endless possibilities to make your own walk using any of the countless tracks and trails.

This walk was a pleasure all the way around. We parked for free in the forestry car park at Minwear Forest, and spent a few lovely hours strolling along the mostly excellent paths – and there were no steep climbs either, which was fantastic after a long week climbing up and down the coast path.

Whichever trail you take, there is plenty to discover: we came across a ruined chapel and an Iron Age fort, but I’m sure there are hundreds of other hidden gems just waiting to be found. Or, if history isn’t your thing, Canaston would be the perfect place to try out forest bathing: the practice of spending time in a forest and opening your senses to nature, to experience peace and tranquility.

Dog friendly rating – 5/5. There’s nothing our dogs love more than a woodland walk and Canaston was no exception. Acres of space with no livestock means leads aren’t needed for most of this walk, but watch out where the wood straddles a busy main road. You also need to be respectful of other users, and may come across horse riders and cyclists as well as other dog walkers. The route we followed didn’t have any stiles, and a there were a few places where we crossed streams and the dogs could have a drink – although there had nearly dried up by the end of April.

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