Blackpool Mill, Pembrokeshire

West Wales Walks – Blackpool Mill & Canaston Woods.

Explore this area now as changes are planned.

A fascinating historical building and many enchanting woodland walks can be explored all year round in the woods around Blackpool Mill, Martletwy, near Narberth, including a walk from the town itself.

from Blackpool Mill

Closed as a working mill since World War Two, there has been a tourist facility here until a few years ago, but at the moment the mill stands quietly amongst the woodland. Make the most of this tranquility as plans are afoot by the owners, Bluestone, to create a themed attraction here by Spring 2018. Those in favour cite the salvation of the building, more jobs and opportunities, while others will miss the peace and also wonder if Pembrokeshire really needs a “Victorian experience” with narrow gauge railway. £2.5 m is being invested and plans could include a ‘milking experience’, tea-room, creative crafts and events on the meadow, too.

Blackpool Mill was constructed on the site of a former iron forge by Slebech Estate’s Nathaniel Phelps in 1813. Corn was milled here for over a hundred years and the machinery remains in the building. A site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation, this area will have to be sympathetically developed and hopefully there will remain many acres of tranquil woodland to explore around the mill itself.

During autumn, when the trees are in their colourful glory these woods are especially good for walking, but winter walks can prove atmospheric too. Let us know what you think of the proposed changes in the comments, below.


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Suzanne Ashworth of West Wales Web and Pembrokeshire Life Online

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