West Wales Walks-Trefin.


A rugged little cove.

Trefin is a village in the Welsh-speaking area of North Pembrokeshire, south-west Wales. It is sometimes given the anglicised spelling Trevine, particularly on older maps, although the official name is Trefin in both English and Welsh. Trefin’s name comes from the Welsh Trefaen meaning ‘village on the rock outcrop’.

A stunning place to pause awhile is the beach and ruined mill at Trefin on the Pembrokeshire National Coast Path northwards from Porthgain – just after you reach the standing stone circle , the path drops down into a rugged little cove – a geologist’s delight it has an abundance of rocks and caves to explore, especially at low tide. The slate cliffs and little path down the side of the waterfall has recently been made more accessible and there are a few parking places for the non-walker. The Strumble Shuttle bus goes past and it is not far from the village with a pub and youth hostel, a weaving centre, The Mill cafe, two chapels (both now closed) as well as holiday accommodation.

Although small, Trefin is an historical village. The historic mill at Aberfelin  was in use for around 500 years by the villagers of Trefin and surrounding areas. Wheat was milled to produce flour for bread and barley was ground into winter feed for livestock. By the 1900s cheap grain was being imported from overseas and milled in larger mills in towns and cities and Trefin Mill closed in 1918. The mill stones remain in the ruins of the roofless mill.

This beach has always a favourite with my family especially if you just have a short time or would like an evening scramble around the rocks and pools – we have seen seals close in here and it is also a lovely picnic spot on a sunny day. Cwtch, my collie, very much enjoys exploring the caves and parts of the beach only reached at low tide.

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Suzanne Ashworth

Suzanne Ashworth

Suzanne is now enjoying realising her long-held ambition to work as a Community Photojournalist and to celebrate her passion for the beautiful county of Pembrokeshire. Usually accompanied by her Pembrokeshire border collie, Cwtch.

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