Delightful St Dogmael’s Tour
Explore the ancient ruins that once housed medieval monks while taking in the beauty and charm of the surrounding Welsh village of St Dogmaels.
Delightful St Dogmael’s Tour
Take in the delights of this characterful and picturesque village, with its quaint riverside setting there is lots to admire in this historic location.
The quaint riverside village of St Dogmaels is on the northern border of Pembrokeshire overlooking the river Teifi opposite the town of Cardigan in West Wales. The name St. Dogmaels is associated with the Welsh Saint Dogfael, a 6th-century saint said to have been the cousin of Saint David.
The village has a rich history dating back to the 12th century dominated by the ruins of the abbey. There has been a settlement at St Dogmaels for an exceptionally long time, but nothing remains from prior to the Norman invasion.
It is significant because the Pembrokeshire Coast Path starts or finishes here, depending on which way you are walking it. Nearby is the dune-backed Blue Flag beach of Poppit Sands, with fine 19th century warehouses and lime kilns still seen along the river reflecting the wealth and importance of St Dogmaels during this time.
17th Century Water Mill
We start the day with a tour of ‘Y Felin,’ a 17th Century flour mill given by the current owner and miller, Emma. Winding your way through, you will experience the workings of a traditional working water mill, the last in Wales, and have an opportunity to purchase some freshly milled products.
Explore the ancient ruins of St Dogmaels Abbey with its adjoining church of St Thomas the Apostle where you can stand in the shade of its 500-year-old Yew tree before deciphering the early medieval alphabet, Ogham writing.
After lunching in the historic coach house and exploring its museum we end the day winding through idyllic peaceful Pembrokeshire countryside through the picturesque village of Nevern. A small country hamlet straddling the river Nevern, this quiet agricultural community with only a few houses was an important administrative centre in medieval times. It has a wealth of historic monuments, including the remains of the motte and bailey castle above the village, an ancient bridge, and as an important location along the pilgrimage route to St. David’s (three pilgrimages to St. David’s were once considered the equivalent of one journey to Rome).
A more in-depth tour of Nevern can be had on our Ancient Pembrokeshire tour.
Departs 9:30am – Returns 14:30pm (Approx)
Pick up is Goodwick Car park (beside Tesco), and the time on the bus is only to and from St Dogmaels.
Whilst we advise comfortable walking shoes it is not imperative as the terrain is relatively flat with some inclines when walking to the church and abbey.
The mill air will be dusted with flour, those with respiratory issues may want to wear a mask. As there are steep but short stairs in the mill we unfortunately would not recommend this tour for wheelchair users.
Please Note : Lunch is not included in the ticket.
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