E01: Mynachlog-ddu

Grid Reference: SN144304
SatNav co-ordinates: N 51.94170°, W 04.70021°


Mynachlog-ddu is a small village in north-east Pembrokeshire to the south of Mynydd Preseli. The rivers Tewgyll and Wern form the Eastern Cleddau which flows through the village. Near to the Bethel chapel is a sunken baptistry pool beside the river, and riverside picnic gardens make an enchanting visit to an area full of history and beauty. Situated within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, the hills around Mynachlog-ddu are scattered with stone circles, cairns and standing stones. South of hte village is the Gors Fawr Stone Circule, a near perfect circle of 16 stones. Some of the stones are bluestones from Caer Meini and two appear to frame Carn Menyn to the north. Much of the valley area around the village has been unenclosed moorland since medieval times, with few houses and the village developed as housing for slate quarry workers. Pronounced “Min achlog thee”, the Welsh placename means “black monastic grange”. Black Monks were Benedictines and the Abbey of St Dogmael’s was a Benedictine Monastery.



Mynachlog-ddu is close to Crymych in the north-east of Pembrokeshire via narrow country roads sometimes busy with farm traffic.



The picnic garden and baptistry beside the river are accessible via good footpaths.



There are no facilities in the village. The nearest public toilets are located in Maenclochog village and Crymych.


Activities and Places of interest nearby

The river provides a tranquil spot to watch for native brown trout in its pools and riffles. In the village, as well as the sunken Bethel baptistry, there is a wonderful children’s adventure playground, constructed of wood. For keen walkers, Foel Drygarn nearby is a prehistoric hill fort with spectacular views from the summit and many public footpaths to explore the Preseli hills. For more details about walking in the area including The Golden Road, visit the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park website.


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The Cleddau Trail Map

The Pembrokeshire Rivers Trust Cleddau Trail takes you on two 'Source to Sea' river journeys. Follow the Western Cleddau Trail to discover unspoilt natural habitats, home to migratory salmon and sewin, kingfishers and other wildlife. The Eastern Cleddau Trail follows the flow of Pembrokeshire's rainwater as it becomes drinking water.


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