A few weeks ago we wandered up the (steep!) hill back to Treffgarne Rocks, Pembrokeshire. We last visited here after a day at Nant y Coy Mill, sadly the Mill, Cafe and walk have been closed to the public since. Thankfully, we can still enjoy the public path to the majestic rocks, read on to see our snaps from the day:
Visiting Treffgarne Rocks
We parked in the layby outside Nant y Coy Mill (SAT NAV postcode: SA62 5LR). The mill lies on the A40 between Haverfordwest and Fishguard.
The walk begins up the lane to the left side as you face Nant y Coy.
This photo does not convey how steep the first part of the walk feels! It’s fair to say I’m unfit (again!) at the moment, which is why I need to go on lots more walks to build my fitness levels up so I did struggle with this. The first part of the walk is up a narrow lane. When you reach a car park (on your right), take the signposted path on your left.
When we reached a fork in the road we chose right (and came back the other way to make it a circular walk). The steep hill continues for a while and then it levels out. The actual walk is very short so just keep reminding yourself- the hard part will be over soon! It can also be quite muddy and slippy in places so dress accordingly. Dave, the kids and the dog ran up the whole way easily of course!
When you see the stunning sight of Maiden Castle, Treffgarne Rocks, keep heading towards them.
Maiden Castle, Treffgarne Rocks
Maiden Castle, Treffgarne Rocks is also known as the Lion Rock or Treffgarne Pinnacles is a site of ancient settlement. It is so-called because as you walk on and look back, you will see the silhouette of a giant stone lion lying down. From this side, however, I always think of a wolf howling.
Some Snaps of our Day
We had some snacks and the kid’s just enjoyed a little safe climb and a play around Maiden Castle. When I say climb, I mean we casually walked and made our way over and around the rocks. Treffgarne Rocks are used for the outdoor pursuit of climbing too.
It’s just lovely to be out in the fresh air surrounded by space and beautiful views.
Sid the Jack Russell was happy too.
After over twenty years, I’m still attempting to get a nice photo of me and Dave together!
Oh, dear! My Nora Batty tights! Well, you can’t wear your best tights when you’re climbing rocks!
Dave taking in the view.
Nature and Wildlife at Treffgarne Rocks
There are flora and fauna to spot while exploring Treffgarne Woods. Many enjoy to bird watch here and have spotted a peregrine falcon and other birds of prey here and ravens like to make breeding nests in the rocks. We had more luck with the flora and found fungi and foxglove.
The family, the gang on Maiden’s Castle, Treffgarne Rocks! You can see Poll Carn in the background. Poll Carn is sometimes called the ‘the unicorn’, the “teddybear” or ‘wolf’s rock. It’s fun to look at the rocks and see what shapes you see.
Attempting a family selfie on the rocks!
It’s a shame that phone lines and windmills are in view in such an ancient and natural place but a sign of the times.
Walk on from Maiden Castle and you will reach Poll Carn, about 500m away. We were happy to spend some time exploring Maiden Castle, we’ll visit Poll Carn next time. For another interesting rock see Lion Rock, Broad Haven.
Have you visited Maiden Castle, Treffgarne Rocks?