GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Carew Castle

1 miles (2 km)

This fine castle in Pembrokeshire has a lovely one mile circular walking trail taking you around the pretty 23-acre Millpond.
It's a good footpath which starts at the car park and takes you along the southern side of the castle to the interesting Tidal Mill. The present building dates from the early 19th century and is the only restored tidal Mill in Wales and one of just five in the UK. There are interactive displays which describe the operation of the mill machinery.
You then cross the causeway over the Carew river on a little bridge before picking up the path along the mill pond on the north side of the castle. You can stop and rest in the picnic area before returning to the car park by crossing the Carew road bridge. 
You can also tour the castle and see the pretty Elizabethan walled garden with herb garden and several interesting buildings and architectural features. These include three gatehouses, the 12th century Old Tower and the Great Hall which saw the gathering of most of the Welsh nobility for the Great Tournament of 1507.
If you would like to continue your walking in this area then you could head to the nearby Lawrenny Quay and enjoy riverside walking along the Cresswell River and the Daugleddau River. The epic Landsker Borderlands Trail also passes through the area.


SA70 8SL - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Carew Castle OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Carew Castle Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the west you'll find another major local historic highlight at Pembroke Castle. The medieval castle dates to the 12th century and is Grade I listed. You can stroll around the pleasant castle grounds and enjoy some fine views of the millpond and the River Pembroke in the attractive town.


Carew Castle, Mill and Millpond. - - 314515

Carew Castle, Mill and Millpond.

Carew mill viewed from the castle - - 436096

Carew mill viewed from the castle

Internal view of Carew castle - - 314483

Internal view of the castle

A view of Carew Castle from the herb garden - - 1057114

A view of the castle from the herb garden. This herb garden is seen, as you leave the entrance where you pay, on the way to the 13th century castle.

Carew Tidal Mill - - 13991

Carew Tidal Mill. Following a fire in 1955 which destroyed a similar building in Pembroke, this tidal mill remains the only one of its kind in Wales. A mill of some kind has existed here since as early as 1542 but the present building dates from the early 19th century. One of the two mill wheels carries the date 1801. The term “French Mill”, often used about Carew, may be a reference to the use of French burr stones. It is hoped that the south wheel will at least be able to turn some of the auxiliary machinery on a regular basis in the future.

Carew Cross - - 13993

Carew Cross. An 11th century Celtic cross, one of the finest free-standing ancient stone crosses in the UK, erected to the memory of the last King of Dyfed (Maredydd ap Edwin, d.1035), although it may have been originally used to commemorate the gift of this land by Maredydd to The Church. An agreed translation for the abbreviated Latin inscription was reached only in the 1940s.


GPS Files

GPX File

Carew Castle.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Carew Castle.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)