Treat yourself to a post-walk treat at the Mill
Explore Minwear Wood
It’s hard to beat a crisp winter day in Pembrokeshire, when you’re wrapped up warm and a peaceful stillness has descended across the frosty landscape. Those are the days for getting out and exploring our corner of west Wales. Minwear forest is a true hidden gem in Pembrokeshire, with the semi-ancient woodland reaching all the way to the edge of the secret waterway or the Cleddau Estuary. There are few places to better reconnect with nature and enjoy the peace and stillness which can only be found among trees. Black Pool Mill is located almost at the tidal limit of the Cleddau and on the edge of Minwear forest which merges into Canaston woods.
In spring, the woodland paths are edged with the bright yellow flowers of lesser celandine and delicate white wood anemones and there are patches of bluebells under the trees. In the autumn months, the burnished colours of the red oak and beech trees in the woodlands are a spectacular sight. The tides cause big changes in the saltiness of the water and you may see waterside birds like herons. It is also is a great place to see woodland birds including long-tailed tits, great spotted woodpeckers and treecreepers.
The options for a proper romp around the woods are endless but which ever route you take, be sure to stop off at Black Pool Mill for a post-walk cuppa and slice of cake. Or treat yourself to lunch, ensconced in the warmth of the mill and surrounded by centuries of history. To help you plan that perfect day out we’ve suggested a short walk of 2.5km which should take an hour which should keep the whole family interested and entertained. There’s bridges over babbling streams along the way – don’t forget to check for trolls before you cross – and endless possibilities to unleash those childlike imaginations. Make dens out of fallen branches and pause at the viewpoint over the estuary.
Parking: Follow the road past Black Pool Mill on your right until you reach the Minwear Forest car park (Sat Nav Postcode: SA67 8AA). You could also drive on a little further up a hill and to the picnic area and begin your walk there.
Walk directions: This waymarked circular walk starts from the car park and goes to a viewpoint over the Cleddau Estuary with a bench. The first picnic area has wooden benches carved from tree trunks and the second one has standard picnic tables next to a quiet road.
Download a route map here.
You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to walks in Pembrokeshire – whether you fancy a coastal hike or a gentle meander.