Foel Eryr

Foel Eryr

Under a mile long, the walk to Foel Eryr is the shortest, and probably easiest in the Preseli Hills that we know of.  And we live here!

That’s mainly due to the fact that parking for this walk is so convenient and so high up!  404 metres up to be exact.  Even the views from here are pretty good.  But they get better.

So, if you’re looking for fantastic views, without a strenuous hike, the Foel Eryr walk is probably the best one in the Preseli Hills for you.

How to get to Foel Eryr

From the North 
  • Take the A487 to Cardigan and stay on it towards Newport. 
  • Just after passing through the village of Eglwyswrw, and just after the Dyfed Shire Horse Farm, turn left on to the B4329.
  • Continue through the villages of Crosswell and Brynberian and you will eventually pass over a cattle grid. 
  • When you reach the highest point on this road, you will see the relatively large parking area on your left. 
From the South or East 
  • Take the A40 towards Narberth. 
  • At the main Penblewyn Roundabout take the A478 sign-posted Cardigan.  
  • At the next crossroads (before Clunderwen) take a left onto the B4313 towards Maenclochog.  
  • Stay on this road until you read a junction at the village of Maenclochog. 
  • At this junction turn right and drive slowly through the village towards Rosebush
  • Continue on this road until you get to the New Inn/Tafarn Newydd crossroads. 
  • At this cross-roads turn right up the hill
  • over a cattle grid, and
  • when you reach the highest point of the road you will find the parking area on your right. 
From the West
  • From the A40 take the B4329 heading towards Rosebush.
  • At New Inn/Tafarn Newydd crossroads proceed straight ahead towards Cardigan. 
  • You will pass over a cattle grid and,
  • when you reach the highest point on the road you will find the parking area on your right. 

Where to park for Foel Eryr

Parking for Foel Eryr is at Bwlch Gwynt, between Tafarn y Bwlch and Tufton, at the summit of the B4329.  You can also walk to Foel Cwmcerwyn from here and it’s the start of the Golden Road.

  • Map ref. SN074 321
  • Grid Ref SN07499 32196
  • Nearest Post Code SA41 3TT

The walk to Foel Eryr

Cross the road taking good care.  The Summit is blind but there are no warning road signs and traffic does not assume walkers may be on the road.  You’ll need all your senses here.

Once across you can relax and enjoy the calm and peace that this place exudes.  You’ll quickly feel on top of the world.

It’s not waymarked here but it doesn’t need to be.  The path is easy to see and it’s obvious where you’re headed.  It’s unlikely you’d lose your way here unless you’re in the middle of a cloud.  Which can and does happen.  So make sure you’re properly geared up even on a good day.  On a wet day this is definitely a walk in wellies!

As you approach the summit you’ll reach this Bronze Age burial mound which dates back to around 2000 B.C.

The Views from Foel Eryr

The views from here are breathtaking, and the brilliant thing about Foel Eryr is that the summit is marked by an orientation table.  So you know exactly what you’re looking at.  We love that!

From Foel Cwmcerwyn and Foel Drygarn in the Preseli Hills, to Dinas Head, Worm’s Head (at Rhossili) and Lundy Island out to sea, you’ll be amazed at just how far you can see here.

This is also a great place to sit and stare.  If it’s windy, there are some rocks just off the summit which provide a little shelter and a nice spot to crack open the flask.

Even though the walk doesn’t take very long you’ll want to spend some time here drinking it all in.  Not just the views but the peace and the quiet.

Foel Eryr walk statistics

  • Summit = 468 m 
  • Prominence = 64 m
  • Distance = 1.3 miles approximately
  • Walk Time = 30 minutes approximately
  • Total Time = At least 1 hour
  • Map Ref SN065 320

Thoughts

We often do this walk if the weather is good but we’re short on time.  We only need an hour, so if the sun is shining and we want to briefly get out into the hills, this is the one we’ll do.

Great for dogs on leads and little walkers too!  Suitable for all skill levels and families, we’ve been doing this one since the children were toddlers.

Facilities

There are no facilities here so be prepared.  The nearby village of Maenclochog has:

  • Public Conveniences
  • A well stocked shop
  • Petrol Stations, and
  • A Cafe

In Rosebush there is a Public House serving lunch and dinner.

More Information

Foel Eryr is the most Westerly summit of the Preseli Hills which is within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.  At 468 metres it’s the second highest point in the Preseli Hills, and indeed Pembrokeshire, behind Foel Cwmcerwyn.

Other walks in Pembrokeshire nearby include:

If you are visiting Pembrokeshire now or in the near future please be aware that social distancing rules still apply in Wales.  Please keep yourselves and others safe.

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6 thoughts on “Foel Eryr”

  1. Vanessa Shields

    What a lovely place for a walk! Best combo of an easy hike with excellent views. I agree, it looks so peaceful at the top and how cool that there is a table showing you what to look at!

  2. I wonder what the theory was behind placing a burial mound on top of a hill. Was it because that’s where the fort was or do you think it had to do with being closer to the gods? Really interesting place – and nice touch adding details like where to park.

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