Pembrey Forest

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Pembrey Forest is a huge pine forest which was created on sand dunes on the Carmarthenshire coast.

Lying between the town of Pembrey and Cefn Sidan Sands is Pembrey forest, one of Britain's sand dune forests. The forest is classified as a Nature Reserve and covers 1000 hectares. The Wales Coast Path goes through Pembrey Forest and along the sandy beach. The forest is situated next to Pembrey Country Par where you will find the Pembrey Country Park Visitor Centre

It is home to many rare botanical species, 35 species of butterfly, many migrant songbirds as well as birds of prey which include sparrowhawk and goshawk. Pembrey forest also forms part of a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Pines and Shell Walking Trail | 4 miles / 7 kilometres

This waymarked trail is graded as Moderate will take around 2 1/2 hours to comlete. It starts beyond car park 1 in Pembrey Country Park. From the corner of the car park walk down the gravel track to the information panel at the start of the trail. The trail follows sandy tracks and forest roads through the forest. There are picnic tables and benches along the route.

The trail goes through the forest, following some of the former ammunition factory’s train tracks. Some of the factory’s small bunkers and curved blast tunnels are still present and we have bricked up the entrances of some to provide homes for horseshoe bats. Keep an eye-out for orchids and other wild flowers lining the path in late spring and early summer.

Occasionally the site is closed in extreme weather, such as high winds or snow and ice due to the risk of injury to visitors or to undertake maintenance work or forest operations. Please always follow any instructions onsite and make sure you follow any temporary diversion signs in place.

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Facilities

Children

  • Children welcome

Parking

  • Free Parking - The nearest car park to the start of the Shells and Pines Trail is car park 1 in Pembrey Country Park.

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

By Car: Follow signs to Pembrey Country Park from the A484 road on the Kidwelly side of Pembrey, near Burry Port. Continue from the Park entrance to the Visitor Centre car park. There is a charge at the park entrance.

Pembrey is the nearest town or village.

Pembrey Forest

Type:Forest or Woodland

Pembrey Country Park, Pembrey, Carmarthenshire, SA16 0EJ

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Pembrey ForestPembrey Forest | Pines & Shells Trail, Burry PortThe Pines and Shells Trail is a circular waymarked walk that starts at Pembrey Country Park Visitor Centre, turning right from the beach path to follow the wide, straight woodland ride. OS Grid Reference: SN415426

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