It's good to walk, so why not step out and sample some of the walks your neighbourhood has to offer. This pleasant and interesting walk which starts and finishes at the church car park in St Nicholas is one of a number of town and country walks which have been produced by Pembrokeshire County Council.
Enjoy this short relatively easy walk from the church car park in the picturesque village of St Nicholas to Rhos y Clegyrn moor and back again.
Walking: The walk begins at the church car park in the north Pembrokeshire village of St Nicholas.
Bus: Strumble Shuttle - St Davids to Fishguard.
Train: Nearest station is at Goodwick. Arriva Train Wales
Road Map: www.multimap.com Search for "St Nicholas, Pembrokeshire".
Parking: There is a free car park at St Nicholas Church, where the walk begins and ends.
Toilets: There are no public toilets nearby. Fishguard, several miles away, has the nearest public toilets.
Refreshments: There are no refreshments available nearby. Please bring your own.
Start / Finish: St Nicholas Church car park.
Distance: 2.1 miles (3.4 kilometres), 1½ hours
Terrain: This is a medium length strenuous walk over quiet country lanes and gravel, earth and grass paths. Very steep in places.
Car Park: 1
This short, easy walk begins at the old school car park, behind the lovely church (1), in the picturesque north Pembrokeshire village of St Nicholas and meanders gently along bridleways, country lanes and farm tracks to Rhos y Clegryn moor, suggested site of a Neolithic axe factory, where you will see several prehistoric monuments. This walk can be very muddy and marshy in places so ensure you have the correct footwear!
- Begin the walk in the car park alongside the old school behind the church. Walk to the lane, turn left, and at the junction, alongside an old petrol pump (2), go straight ahead onto a lovely wooded bridleway.
- From this path, there are marvellous views to the north and north east of the Pembrokeshire landscape and the brooding Preseli Hills (3).
- At the end of the bridleway you come to a crossroads, with a number of small standing stones in the hedgerow. Go straight across onto a tree lined farm track that rises fairly steeply.
- Where the tarmaced path bears right, go straight ahead onto a grassed lane (4), past a small cottage on your left, through a gate, and onto Rhos y Clegryn moor.
- The path here can be quite boggy and overgrown but follow the path alongside a wire fence until the moorland opens out and ahead of you is a superb standing stone, 2.7 metres high (5).
- Nearby are several large circular banks - go to the gate at the far end of the moor to see the largest such bank (6). Richard Fenton, in his A Historic Tour Through Pembrokeshire (1811) describes the site as a large ‘druidical circle' where an axe-hammer has been dug up. Excavations in the 1960s suggest the existence of other stones, possibly including circles, and as Rhos y Clegryn means Moor of the Stones we can be fairly certain this was an important site in prehistoric times. The proximity of several other monuments, including burial mounds and a cromlech, probably confirm this.
- When you are ready, retrace your steps but when you leave the grassy path and reach the tarmaced lane you might like to take a detour left up to Carn Llys (7) where there are more fine views and ancient sites. Otherwise, head back to St Nicholas.
- Upon reaching the end of the bridleway by the old petrol pump, turn right and walk through the village and admire some of the fine buildings here. Just before the Old Forge cottage, turn left towards the church. The church was heavily restored in the 19th century but evidence suggests there was a church or hermit's cell on this site from at least the 5th or 6th centuries AD. The three inscribed stones inside the church attest to such a foundation date.
- The curious feature known as a ‘squinch' in the south transept is characteristic of many early Pembrokeshire churches. This evidence, combined with the nearby prehistoric monuments, suggests that St Nicholas has been a place of religious and spiritual significance for a very long time. And its not hard to understand why.
- The landscape around here is beautiful!
- Behind the church, alongside the old school, is the car park where you began your walk.