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Enjoy a festive walk to the Park's highest point!
This route around Rosebush and the summit of Foel Cwmcerwyn provides an ideal opportunity to burn away any festive feasts or as an incentive to get out of the house over the Christmas period
This route is 4.8 miles long, characterised by forest tracks, open moorland, fields and livestock. Expect the ground to be wet and muddy in places due to the recent weather conditions, therefore make sure to wear suitable clothing – water and windproof clothing and strong footwear with deep treads and ankle support are essential for winter walking.
At the peak of the boom years the Rosebush slate quarries employed 100 men.
The walk starts and ends in the village of Rosebush in the car park behind the pub and restaurant Tafarn Sinc. From this point you head back up the hill and head left along the bridleway towards the quarry, where you will pass alongside Rosebush Terrace Cottages on your left.
Slate was quarried on a small scale at Rosebush's Bellstone Quarry from the 1820s, but the house building boom that came with the Victorians prompted huge demand for roofing slate and slabs, and it was this demand that brought new investment into this area of North Pembrokeshire. Rosebush quarry was opened in 1842 and the two neighbouring quarries went into full production during the last 30 years of the 19th century. At its peak, the quarries employed 100 men, and many lived in the 26 Cottages of Rosebush Terrace with their families.
When the market for slate declined the quarry owners tried to sell Rosebush as a holiday resort, publicising the benefits of the Preseli air and the facilities on offer at the corrugated-iron Prescelly Hotel, now known as Tafarn Sinc.
A railway was opened in the 1870s to transport the slate, linking the quarry and the village of Rosebush to the main London line to the south. Unfortunately the increased demand in slate was short-lived and both quarries had gone out business by 1908 and the railway closed for good in 1949.
Beyond the village and the old quarries the walking route heads north east into Pantmaenog Forest, along forest tracks for approximately 1.2 miles before reaching the top of the valley. Here you will turn right in an easterly direction along the Golden Road, the ancient path that follows the line of the Preseli Ridge, which is thought to date back 5,000 years to the Neolithic period.
Foel Cwmcerwyn’s summit is the highest point in the National Park, at 536m (1,757ft).
In approximately half a mile, you will then turn off the Golden Road, and head to your right in a southerly direction across open moorland towards Foel Cwmcerwyn. The summit of Foel Cwmcerwyn is the highest point in the National Park at 536m (1,757ft) and offers some great views on a clear day, overlooking most of Pembrokeshire and even as far as Devon and Ireland.
As you descend Foel Cwmcerwyn, you then head south west, joining the bridleway above Pantmaenog Forest for approximately a mile, before joining the footpath heading north west across the fields which take you back down towards Rosebush, and to the end of your walk and where you started from.
Click the link to download a free map of this route, which is featured in our collection of over 200 Web Walks. Most are circular routes and many feature a stretch of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail.
To see the entire collection visit www.pembrokeshirecoast.wales/webwalks.
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