logo Walking Britain

Pembrokeshire Coast Walk
Foel Drygarn Hillfort circular, Preseli Hills

Nat Park - Pembrokeshire Coast

County/Area - Pembrokeshire

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 3.7 miles / 6 km    Ascent - 510 feet / 155 metres

Time - 2 hours 20 minutes    Grade - easy/mod

Maps Ordnance Survey Logo Anquet Maps Logo

Ordnance Survey Explorer OL35Sheet Map1:25kBUY
Anquet OS Explorer OL35Digital Map1:25kBUY

Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - Foel Drygarn Hillfort circular, Preseli Hills
Click image to see photo description.

This walk in the Preseli Hills visits the Iron Age hillfort of Foel Drygarn which lies at the eastern and of the main ridge. This area is part of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park despite lying inland. The route offers some excellent views in this beautiful part of West Wales. The paths are generally easy to follow although a good sense of direction is required.

There is a small layby (grid ref. SN165331) on the minor road near Blaenbanon, which lies just over a kilometre from the A478 south of Crymych. If the layby is full then alternative parking can be found nearby although this option also has limited capacity.

After parking, cross the road and followed the waymarked enclosed track north. At the end of the track go through the gate with an adjacent information board. Once through the gate follow the wall on your right. A short way along the wall a grassy path heads half left up the hill. This is the path used to descend from the summit. Continue ahead on the clear track soon passing a group of small walled fields to your right. Continue ahead with the track bending to the left with a wall on your right.

Reaching the end of the wall on your right, bear slightly left following a path which soon reaches a wall corner enclosing a small field (grid ref. SN157339). Continue along the wall for about 500 metres to take a path that veers left up the hillside. (note - if you reach the end of the wall you have gone too far.) The path, indistinct in places, initially heads south before swinging right to head south-west towards the crags of Carn Dafydd-Ias. Pass the crags, which should be on your right, and continue onto the main ridge (grid ref. SN148328).

Turn left onto the Golden Road, a broad path/track that crosses the main ridge of the Preseli Hills. Continue along this path and continue to the end of the plantation on your right (grid ref. SN157329). At this point leave the main path and turn left onto a path that heads for the summit of Foel Drygarn (363 metres). As you approach the top the gradient becomes steeper. Continue to the OS trig point from where you can enjoy the extensive view and explore the remains of the substantial hillfort.

To descend from the hill, walk east from the trig point to locate a clear path that descends, steeply at first, in a south easterly direction. This path leads downhill to the gate and information board passed at the start of the walk. Go through the gate and follow the enclosed track back to the start.


Other walks nearby

Walk 3468 Foel Drygarn Hillfort, Preseli Hillseasy1.8 miles
Walk 3466 The Preseli Ridge along the Golden Roadmoderate6.4 miles
Walk 3465 Foel Eryr Circular, Preseli Hillsmoderate6.0 miles
Walk 3469 Foel Cwmcerwyn from Rosebush, Preseli Hillsmoderate5.0 miles
Walk 3494 Pwllygranant & Cebwr Bay from Moylgrovemod/hard8.5 miles

Recommended Books & eBooks

Walking in Pembrokeshire

Walking in PembrokeshireGuidebook to 40 circular walks in Pembrokeshire in Wales. Routes take in the dramatic beauty of the national park and its coast, the Daugleddau and the Preseli Hills, while exploring wooded gorges, prehistoric hillforts and medieval castles. Walks range from 1 to 12 miles and route descriptions are accompanied by 1:50,000 OS map extracts.
More information

The Pembrokeshire Coast Path

The Pembrokeshire Coast PathThis guidebook describes the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail. The scenic 180 mile (291km) long-distance walk from Amroth to St Dogmaels takes around 2 weeks to walk, with soaring rugged cliffs, tranquil inlets and broad sandy beaches. With planning schedules, route description and accommodation guidance. Includes a 1:25,000 OS map booklet.
More information

Map and Compass

Map and CompassAn instructive guidebook explaining map and compass techniques, to help readers enhance their outdoor experiences. Whether you are experienced in map-reading, or have never used a compass before, this guidebook will sharpen your skills and have you exploring new areas in no time. There are also tips for GPS and digital mapping technologies.
More information

Further Information

Walk Location Map

Walk location map

Pembrokeshire Coast Walking

The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is Britain's only truly coastal national park. Rimmed by a spectacular waterscape of rugged cliffs, sandy beaches and wooded estuaries, the land rises to wild inland hills. This environment is a place of sanctuary for wildlife who share the landscape that has been shaped by many people over the centuries. Tombs and castles, crosses and cottages, quarries and quays are all reminders of man's endeavours, which remains a working landscape. Inland the Preseli Hills offer excellent walking across the moorland ridge. More Information

Walk grading - Learn how each walk is assessed and select a walk to suit your ability and experience by going to Walk Grading Details.

Accommodation Nearby

Golygfa Deg
Gwbert, nr Cardigan
10.2 miles / 16.3 km away
Beudy Gwyn & Beady Bach
St. Davids
20.0 miles / 32.0 km away
Swallow Cottage Bosherston
Bosherston
27.1 miles / 43.4 km away

Self Catering & Cottage Holidays - Properties throughout the UK & Europe

Follow Walking Britain for the latest news. Facebook Twitter

Mountain Weather

Stay safe on the mountains with detailed weather forecasts - for iOS devices or for Android devices.