Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

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, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

Castle Pill Woods is one of our happy places and yet also quite a well kept secret locally.  From the main road of North Road and Steynton you would never imagine that such a beautiful woodland with wood carvings and grass covered shelters was hidden behind.

 

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

Circular Walk 

You can access the woodland from the field to the left of Mount Pleasant (SA73 1AB) or from Blackbridge (SA73 1DL).  The woods can be included as part of a four mile circular walk from Milford Marina but we often walk from Mount side to the grass shelters, play and eat there and then walk back,  This is what we did on our last visit.

Wood Sculptures

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

There are wood carvings by Dave from Animality.  The local Beaver Scouts also put a wooden fish carving into the pond, but the pond is currently dried up and now a patch of grass so it’s  literally a fish out of water.

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

 

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

As well as the grass covered shelters there are a few different spots to sit or explore so plenty of places to choose from if other people are using the area (it’s usually quiet anyway).

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

 

Not Quite a Beach

 

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

 

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

“Deadman’s Lake” flows right up to a little beach area, leading to Black Bridge.

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

 

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

 

 

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

 

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

 

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

We had a little play here by the water and made our way back into the woods.  You can follow the path further to go to Blackbridge but we wanted to explore the shelters, rope swings and admire the bluebells.

Bluebells

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

 

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

 

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

 

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

 

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

The bluebells looked so pretty in the woods.  This would have made a lovely Siblings in May photo if Rebecca had been present (she was helping Daddy build a shed for Granny and Grampy).  We were lucky enough to be looking after Nanny’s dog, Toby and he was such good company on this walk.  He likes it when Dave comes too as then we do the long route.

Old Ruins

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

 

Along the way, we spotted old ruins of walls and buildings.

Rope Swings

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

 

 

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

 

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

 

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

 

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

 

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

 

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

 

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids
An accident waiting to happen!
(Disclaimer:  No children were hurt in the making of this blog post.)

 

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

 

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

 

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

The kids always have plenty of fun on the rope swings.  I’d quite like a hammock to set up in the woods on visits too.  Danny was disappointed that Izzy didn’t want a go- she was quite happy doing her own thing.  I had to remind him just to enjoy it for himself.

Deep, Dark Woods

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

For a brief moment, the sun was hidden by clouds and the woods went very dark.  Usually when this happens it pours with rain and we end up gathering in the shelter.  It almost feels like you’re in a rainforest.

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

Thankfully, on this occasion it stayed dry (I like the rain but we hadn’t dressed to walk back in the mud).

 

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

 

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

The grass covered shelter looks lovely in the woods.  It looks part roundhouse and truly celtic, but also almost a little bit exotic.

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

 

 

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

 

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids
Spot the kids

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

 

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

 

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

Toby loved drinking from and swimming in the fresh water.

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

 

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

 

 

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

 

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

Gathering pine cones (leftover nail polish from her big sister’s rainbow manicure!).

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

I love Caitlyn’s curls and also the flowers and seeds in her hair.

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

 

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

 

 

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

This walk is not always the easiest for those with pushchairs or mobility problems.  There is often an obstruction in the way (which makes it more fun for the able) but a blocked path for others.  Having said that over the years I have managed with a pram, a travel system and a buggy (not all at once!).

 

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

 

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

 

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

 

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

The path is also very narrow and overgrown in places.  I used to have to push the pushchairs on one set of wheels to get through.

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

Toby cleared the way for us!

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

 

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

 

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

 

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

Once again it was a lovely walk and play.  I can always relax when I’m there and take a few moments to breath and recharge while the kids are happy to entertain themselves.

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

When we got back to mums, I opened the car door to get something out of my car.  Toby immediately jumped in, beeped the horn and wouldn’t get out.  The irony of this is whenever I need to get him in my car he refuses to go in.  He looked so pleased  sitting there in the drivers seat, bless him!

Do you have a favourite “well kept secret walk” in your town?

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

, Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids

3 Comments

  1. , Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids
    Tina Mayhew
    June 14, 2016 / 2:03 pm

    I love ❤ your blog, this looks absolutely amazing place to go and doesn't even feel like you are still in pembroekshire, brilliant hun thanks xx

  2. , Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids
    Richard Boultbee
    January 4, 2020 / 4:44 pm

    we discovered this walk.starting at Black Bridge on 4.1.2020.
    not so picturestic ,but still a grand walk.
    PS,we old fogies with dog

    • , Castle Pill Woods, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire #countrykids
      Claire Evans
      Author
      January 6, 2020 / 8:40 am

      Hi, glad you enjoyed it. Shame it’s no longer so picturesque, hopefully even while being rundown the walk will bloom beautifully again this Spring. It’s a great place for dogs! Thanks for commenting! 🙂

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