Travel to Erw Wen
Travel by Car
Most people drive to Erw Wen, taking about 4.5 hours from West London or 4 hours from the West Midlands plus stops. The later part of the drive is through some lovely country or with some spectacular sea views depending on the route you take. We send out a map and detailed instructions about the best routes and how to locate Erw Wen with the joining package.
Travel by train
News: From October 2018 the rail franchise for our area has changed to Transport For Wales. See https://tfwrail.wales/transport-for-wales/about-us They have plans to improve rail travel in Wales and the borders in quite a few ways – let's hope they succeed in this.
We tend to use the train rather than bus as the journey is faster and if you book ahead the cost from London to Haverfordwest or Fishguard is just over £50 single (October 2018) or less with a railcard. A return (for a week's stay) from London in October 2018 cost about £60 with a senior railcard with journey times of about 5 hours. Parts of the journey are very attractive with coastal stretches and good views.
We usually travel to Haverfordwest as it is a little faster and the bus service links well with the trains. The T5 bus leaves Haverfordwest Station every hour (Richards Bros) direct to Newport. See the timetable link below. If someone in your party has a car, they can come and meet you at Haverfordwest Station. Haverfordwest is about 35 minutes away by car and parking is free and easy at the station. You might have trouble finding the station first time. It is to the east of town; here's a map courtesy of StreetMap.co.uk
You can also get the train to or from Fishguard. From 2011 the service improved with seven trains a day, but that seems to have been cut back and there are only about 4 trains a day now at reasonable times.
Regrettably the Fishguard train journey takes longer now than when the service first ran in 1909! See this Guardian Article.
Use the web links below to research how best to do it from your location.
If someone in your party has a car, and is feeling really helpful, it is also possible to drive to Swansea to collect people from the train. The drive takes about 1.5 hours each way, but the overall time for those arriving on the train is much less.
Rail Timetables / Routes: http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/
or http://www.thetrainline.com or https://tfwrail.wales/ (Transport for Wales).
Phone enquiries: National Rail Enquiries on 08457-484-950
Booking assistance (TFW): 03330 050 501 (0800-2000) (Transport for Wales)
From London, National Express run a twice daily coach
to Haverfordwest, for as little as £14 single (with advance booking - last checked in August 2015).
Contact National Express on 0871 781 8181 or go to http://www.nationalexpress.com
Our children have used this; it takes about 7 hours but is much cheaper than the train if you forget to book until the last moment.
Local Bus Service.
The T5 bus service goes from Haverfordwest railway station (and then the Bus Station) to Newport direct. It departs about once per hour (during the day, on the hour) and the journey takes about an hour. Bus services are run by Richards Brothers. Tel 01239 613756. See https://www.richardsbros.co.uk for the Bus Company Web site. The latest timetables are at https://www.richardsbros.co.uk/local-bus-services/
Once the bus drops you in Newport centre, use the maps sent with the joining instructions to reach Erw Wen.
The T5 goes on up the coast road as far as Aberystwyth. For walkers the local "Poppet Rocket" is very useful. See the details at https://www.richardsbros.co.uk/local-bus-services/
Last updated 12th October 2018