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Our Visit to Castell Henllys Iron Age Fort and Pengelli Forest

A guest post from a holiday cottage customer

Enjoying the time at Castell Henllys

Staying in North Pembrokeshire in a our holiday cottage we came upon a sign nearby at the top of a lane to this small attraction. What a find, it was a little gem.

Castell Henllys is tucked deep within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and is a reconstructed Iron Age Fort owned and run by the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

The Roundhouses are reconstructed on the site of the originals and you can sit inside by an open fire and listen to stories and legends of days gone by.

There is something for everybody whatever your age. Whether you want to take part in activities in the Iron Age Village such as spear throwing, face painting, milling flour and making bread, smelting iron, weaving and building with wattle and daub. Or take part in more varied activities that the National Park Rangers put on every week during the school holidays such as guided walks, Bushcraft with Richard the Ranger or just go for a stroll on one of the many walks that can be downloaded from the National Park website on www.pembrokeshirecoast.wales/default.asp?PID=401

We left the younger ones taking part in Iron Age activities with 'real Celts' whilst we went on a guided tour of the site where we learnt about all the archaeological digs that have taken place here and how people lived in the Iron Age. We ended our visit having a delicious lunch served with a friendly smile in the excellent on site cafe - Y Ysgubor. They also serve coffees, teas, snacks and yummy cakes.

Later in the afternoon we took the dogs for a walk in the close by Pengelli Woods which is a National Nature Reserve and the largest block of ancient woodland in Pembrokeshire and West Wales and is owned and run by the South and West Wales Wildlife Trust.

We spotted ash, alder, wych elm, wild cherry, oaks and birches but there was so much more and it was teeming with wildlife, birds, beetles and evidence of badgers. What an amazing day!

PS: we stayed in this lovely property situated at the Dyfed Shire Horse Farm - www.welsh-cottages.co.uk/single-property/2217

Map showing the location of Castell Henllys

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