Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

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, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

Last week we were a family of three!  The older girls were off at Guide Camp and Danny was busy with friends so we only had Izzy to entertain.  It was lovely to have the time to go on some adventures with her as a trio  We missed the big kids, but love it when we get the chance to have one to one time and this time it was Izzy’s turn.  After we dropped the girls off, our first stop was to Nant-y-Coy Mill, a beautiful place to visit with a working water wheel and woodland walk:

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

Visiting Nant-y-Coy Mill

Nant-y-Coy Mill (sat nav postcode: SA62 5LR) is a ten minute drive from Haverfordwest on the A40 road to Fishguard and St Davids.  We parked in the layby just outside.  More parking is available if you take the left turning before you reach the mill.  Opening times are currently 10am – 5pm.

Nant-y-Coy costs just £2 to visit or free with every purchase of a drink from the cafe.  £2 for entrance and a drink is very reasonable.   It is free for under 4’s.  Food is also available and you can even order picnics to enjoy on the day (with vegan options available).  There is an optional Woodland Nature Hunt available which costs £5.50 and includes a Nant-y-Coy Nature Nuts booklet and a chance to win prizes.

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

The Woodland Walk

We followed the signs for the woodland walk.  The signs are handmade which enhance the rustic look of the place, some of the signs are even made from old waterwheel planks- a great use of recycling!   There are lots of information boards along the way.

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

The relaxing sound of the trickling water makes the walk very peaceful.

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

We spotted sculptures and interesting ornaments along the way too.

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

The Water Mill

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

There has been a mill at Nant-y-Coy since the 1300s as far as we know.  The current mill which closed in the 1970s was built in 1844. The 4.5 tonne 14ft waterwheel turns and generates power at the mill today.

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

 

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

We found this amazing horse sculpture.  Izzy wanted a photo pretending she was about to get on it.

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

We came to a fork and had to choose our route.  One route followed the leat, man made to supply water to the mill.

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

We chose to follow the babbling brook.  Izzy said we’ll go on the Leat walk next time.

The Brook Walk

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

Toby dog would love walking alongside (and within of course) the brook.

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

The Hay Meadow

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

We then got to the hay meadow.  Along here you can find picnic benches to enjoy your bought from home or ordered picnic.

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, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

At the end of this walk, you could turn left and return to the cafe or to your car.  Or you can walk onto Maiden Castle Rock and the Iron Age Enclosures.

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

We walked past the car park and crossed the road to the next path.  To be honest, we weren’t quite sure where we were heading as we hadn’t looked at the map before setting up.  Izzy was our “Izzie- ana Jones” and enjoying leading the way.  With three older siblings she had to make the most of her time as “the boss”.

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

Footpath to Maiden Castle Rock

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

We made our way up a hill.

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

Looking back there were stunning views.

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

We soon saw our destination-  Maiden Castle Rock and made our way there.

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

Can you spot the mountains?

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

 

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

Maiden Castle Rock is also known as Lion Rock.  We call it Wolf Rock as it reminds us of a wolf howling. I think possibly from the other side it does look more like a lion but from this side we could see mainly howling wolf.  The village of Wolfscastle’s claim to fame is that it is allegedly the place where the last wild wolf in Wales was slain.

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

Izzy has fun howling like a wolf on “Wolf Rock”.

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

Warning:  you may spot strange people taking photos of rocks!  😉

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

If you walk further on you can get to Poll Carn, a larger crag that is good for abseiling.  Head back down to the fork and you can visit an iron age fort, marked by a flag (the one that can be seen from the road).

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

Head back down the road and you will return to Nant-y-Coy for refreshments.  This is a lovely, interesting circular walk and we can’t wait to revisit with the rest of the kids and family.

, Nant-y-Coy Mill and Woodland Walk, Treffgarne, Pembrokeshire

Driving home, we once again spotted the Iron Age Fort from the road.

Treffgarne is an interesting place to visit.  It is also thought to be the birthplace of Welsh hero Owain Glyndŵr.  Nant-y-Coy Mill was rebuilt by the Evans family of Treffgarne Hall. The mill stayed in their possession for many years before it passed to the Higgons family of Scolton Manor and then into private hands some years later. It’s lovely to see the renovated mill wheel now turns once more after more recent work.

Wolfscastle gets its name from the motte and bailey castle erected by the Normans on what is called the Landsker Line. This was a line of forts stretching from Roch near Newgale to Amroth and was a dividing line between The Normans and The Welsh in the north. Part of the Bailey is cut through by the A40 but some of it remains and have recently been cleared and opened to the public.

Keep an eye on Nant-y-Coy Facebook page for updates and news as they have big plans for the future.  I think it will possible to camp there at some point which will be amazing.

When visiting in summer remember suntan lotion and insect repellent.  I don’t usually find horseflies a problem but Izzy and I received numerous bites during our visit as we hadn’t prepared (they left Dave alone!).

Have you visited Nant-y-Coy Mill?  I used to go there as a child but haven’t revisited in many years apart from to pick up “Pembrokeshire Tea” when it was still being sold.  We can’t wait for our next visit!

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