We recently visited Little Milford Woods. Well we parked up in Little Milford Woods car park and then went exploring- I’m not entirely sure where we ended up to be honest-we walked for miles and miles. It was a lovely stroll through the ancient woodland and along the Western Cleddau, with bridges to cross and stiles to climb over which the kids love. Here are some, okay lots of snapshots of our walk:
Finding Little Milford
From Haverfordwest we took the Pembroke Road to Lower Freystrop, looking out for the turning to Little Milford. From Milford Haven side take the Burton Road. There is ample parking in the free Little Milford Wood Car Park (Sat Nav: SA62 4ET).
There are a number of different walks to choose from. You can go for a short or long circular walk around Little Milford, enjoy a walk along the Western Cleddau or go for a longer walk into Llangwm or other nearby villages, We decided to take a wander and see where we ended up. Here are some photos from our day.
Exploring Little Milford Wood
There are stepping stones to hop over the salt marsh.
Views of the Western Cleddau
We enjoyed the panoramic views of the Western Cleddau.
Then we walked back into the woods.
Old Ruins, Little Milford Wood
We stumbled upon some interesting ruins. We can’t find any information about them so assume they’re the old lime kiln and worker cottages (if anyone knows more please let us know)? While researching ruins near Little Milford I came across some other ruins we’d love to visit, such as Boulston Manor and Boulston Church.
The remains of an old lime kiln.
We ate our picnic here as it made an interesting and sheltered spot.
There are different types of tree fungi to spot in the woods. Bracket fungi is common on the ancient trees. They produce shelf shaped “conks”.
As a child, I loved it if we came across a wooden bridge on our walks. Little Milford Woods tick all the boxes for having bridges to cross (and play trolls!), stepping stones to hop across and stiles to climb over. This means parts of the walk aren’t accessible for buggies and wheelchairs. I’d also advise wellies as we also went through mud and shallow streams.
We spotted lots of lichen, which is made up of both fungus and an alga or cyanobacteria, and is an indicator of good air quality.
As I mentioned earlier, our short walk became a long one and we weren’t quite sure where we had ended up. We also walked across a number of fields which ended up being dead ends. So we headed to the road to find our way back to the car park. We came out in Lower Freystrop and it was quite nice to walk through the village looking at the lovely houses, the pretty church and horses in the fields.
We’ve returned to Little Milford since and visited St Justinian’s Church and the oldest yew tree in Pembrokeshire.
Little Milford Wood is a lovely place to visit. There are no facilities so bring a picnic and you can make a day of it, especially if you visit the church too. We still have lots more ground to explore -there’s as an old working winch by an abandoned coal shaft that we didn’t come across on this visit. So we will be back!
Have you visited Little Milford Woods? Take a look at our visit to the nearby church St Justinan’s Church too.
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