Woodlands boost for Pembrokeshire Trail

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A stroll along the Pembrokeshire Trail has become even more enjoyable after several woodland paths and bridleways along the route were improved.

Forestry Commission Wales carried out work on the network of paths running through Canaston and Minwear Woods, which form part of the 50 kilometre (31 mile) Pembrokeshire Trail.

The work was done in partnership with Pembrokeshire County Council and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, who developed the multi-user route stretching from the south coast of Pembrokeshire at Wiseman’s Bridge to the north coast of the county at Newport.

The Welsh Government woodlands are the largest publicly-managed woods in Pembrokeshire and are popular with thousands of walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

The paths through Canaston woods which link up with the Pembrokeshire Trail are now even more attractive to visitors after a road running through the woods was closed to traffic, meaning horse riders, walkers and cyclists can enjoy the scenery in safety.

Marie George, Forestry Commission Wales Local Area Manager for Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire, said the improvements to the trail enhanced Pembrokeshire’s attractiveness as a tourism destination.

“Working with Pembrokeshire County Council and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park to link in with the Pembrokeshire Trail has added another dimension to our aim of providing safe access to the countryside to as broad a range of woodland users as possible.

“It means that Canaston and Minwear woods can make a real and positive contribution to the health and well-being of the people of Pembrokeshire and beyond.”

Canaston and Minwear woods sit beside each other and total 400 hectares of plantations on ancient woodland sites (PAWS), and can be accessed from several car parks.

Caption: Pictured at the opening of the improved trails in Canaston Woods are, from left to right, Dave Howells, Pembrokeshire County Council; Zandra Thomas, British Horse Society; Marie George, Forestry Commission Wales; Neil Stoddart, Forestry Commission Wales; Charles Mathieson, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park; David Pugh, Chairman, Pembrokeshire County Council; Russell Jones, Forestry Commission Wales; Henry Langen, Disability Wales and, on horseback, members of the Pembrokeshire Bridleways Association. Picture courtesy of Pembrokeshire CC.


A total of 14.3 per cent of Wales is covered by woodlands. Of this, 38% (126,000 hectares/311,000 acres) is owned by the Welsh Government.

Forestry Commission Wales is the Welsh Government’s department of forestry and manages these woodlands on its behalf.

For more information on Canaston and Minwear Woods, contact Marie George on 0300 068 0286, mobile 07747 532780, email

More information on the woodlands of Wales is available on

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Press office contact: Clive Davies on 0300 068 0061, mobile 07788 190922, email