A Peaceful Walk in Fishguard

Just a few steps away from Fishguard’s Lower Town harbour and its much-trumpeted film associations with Under Milk Wood and Moby Dick is an attraction that has nothing to do with great Welsh eccentrics or great white whales.

From the quay, cross straight over the road, immediately west of the little bridge, and you are at the beginning of a footpath that will take you for a magical mile or two along the south-west bank of the Gwaun river and through the Blaen y Delyn Woodland.

Gwaun Valley

In winter, wellies are more or less compulsory, unless you particularly enjoy having mud up above your ankles. And even in warmer weather, you will probably still encounter boggy bits along the way.

But it’s well worth a bit of squelching to enjoy the green peace of this watery haven.

The river rushes by, rippling white over the rocks, while trees stand sentinel along its banks, sometimes leaning over it to form arches and, occasionally, a tempting but dangerously slippery bridge.

Moss and ferns are everywhere, painting each scene with lashings of seductive green.

This is not a walk for those who must have a circular route. The public path peters out after about a mile and a half. There used to be a permissive right of way that allowed you to join up with another path, but I’m told that the landowner wasn’t happy with the behaviour of some walkers, and now that is not an option. So there is no choice except to turn back and retrace your steps. But it’s hardly a chore to experience the beauty of this verdant riverside walk for a second time and from a completely different angle.

Nigel Summerley

Nigel Summerley

Nigel Summerley recently retired from The Oldie magazine to return to freelance journalism. He previously held executive staff jobs at the London Evening Standard, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph and the Daily Express before freelancing for 20 years for newspapers including The Times, The Sunday Times, The Independent, The Guardian and the ā€˜iā€™ paper, plus a wide range of magazines. He continues to write about music, travel and health.

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