GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Rosebush Quarry Pembrokeshire Walk

2 miles (2.7 km)

This walk visits Bellstone Quarry and Rosebush Quarry in the Pembrokeshire village of Rosebush.
You can start the walk from the village which lies on the southern slopes of thePreseli Hills. The village has a quarrying history with the slate exported by theNarberth Road and Maenclochog Railway. The railway ran fromClynderwen(formerly Narberth Road) on theGreat Western RailwayviaMaenclochogtoRosebush.
From the village you can follow a trail north for about half a mile to visit the quarries. It's an interesting place to explore with picturesque hidden pools and an arched underground tunnel cut into the hillside. It's a quite unique landscape with steep cliff faces, heath, grassland and pine trees. You can also look out for wildlife including Peregrine Falcons. Notably, the quarry supplied slate for the roof ofWestminster Palace.
To continue your walking in the area head north east to climb to the splendid viewpoint at Foel Cwmcerwyn, the highest point in Pembrokeshire and the Preseli Hills. The ancient hillfort at Foel Drygarn is also located just to the north east. To the west there's also the pretty Rosebush Reservoir to see.

Postcode

SA66 7QU - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Walks near Rosebush

  • Foel Cwmcerwyn - Climb to the highest point in the Presili Hills on this challenging walk in Pembrokeshire
  • Pentre Ifan - Visit the largest and most well preservedneolithicdolmeninWales on this fascinating walk in Pembrokeshire
  • Preseli Hills Golden Road - This splendid walking trail runs right along the spine of the Preseli Hills giving wonderful views of the area
  • Gors Fawr StoneCircle - This walk visits a fascinating ancient site in the Preseli Hills of Pembrokershire.
  • Foel Eryr - This circular walk climbs to Foel Eryr in the Preseli Hills in Pembrokeshire.
  • Foel Drygarn - This walk climbs to the Iron Age Hill Fort on the top of Foel Drygarn in the Preseli Hills in Pembrokeshire.

Pubs/Cafes

Back in the village there's the noteworthy Tafarn Sinc for some post walk refreshments. The building dates back to 1876 and, unusually for pubs, is constructed ofcorrugated metal.It originally served the adjacentRosebush railway stationon theMaenclochog Railway, which opened in 1876. Both were built as part of the development of the slate quarry.In 2017, after the owners decided to sell, it wasbought by a community groupof local residents and other shareholders. The scheme was promoted by actorRhys Ifans, who was born locally.
The pub has a splendidly authentic interior with sawdust on the floorboards and lots of railway memorabilia. Outside there's a lovely garden area with views of the surrounding countryside. You can find them at postcode SA66 7QU for your sat navs. The inn is dog friendly and has a car parking area.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

To the west of the village is Rosebush Reservoir. Fishing, mainly from boats, is for wild brown trout here.
To the east there's Gors Fawr StoneCircle which dates fromthe lateNeolithicor earlyBronze Age.The fascinating ancient site includes fine views and wildlife including Red Kites. The stones can be found just to the south of the neighbouring village of Mynachlog-dd.

Photos

Y Tafarn Sinc - geograph.org.uk - 67927

Y Tafarn Sinc. A pub in Rosebush village where you could start and finish the walk.

Old archway, Rosebush - geograph.org.uk - 514553

Old archway, Rosebush. It is a tribute to the stonemasons that this arch is intact 150 or so years after it was erected as part of this quarry building, probably the sorting shed. No effort has been made to preserve the industrial heritage of the slate industry here in North Pembrokeshire.

Secret pool in Rosebush quarry - geograph.org.uk - 202717

Secret pool in Rosebush quarry. One of the pits in this abandoned slate quarry was allowed to fill with water in order to drive a turbine below, via a pipeline and culvert. Now it remains as a cool, clear and shadowy place among these dramatic surroundings.

Levels at Rosebush quarry - geograph.org.uk - 1455664

Levels at Rosebush quarry. The workings descend in tiers: it is no wonder that the large-scale slate production of this and the adjacent Bellstone quarry required a railway track to provide transport out. The Houses of Parliament in London are said to have been roofed with Rosebush slate.

Pit at Rosebush slate quarry - geograph.org.uk - 293408

This pit is the deepest part of the southern working of the quarry, with a further 5 levels above. It was drained by an adit. The quarry was opened 1842 and reached its peak after the construction of a railway link with Clynderwen in the 1870's. From c.1870 onwards Rosebush expanded to employ well over 100 people, with an output of 5000 tons, supporting a village community with a railway, hotel and chapel. It was a welcome source of employment in an impoverished area but the operation came to an end around the turn of the century.

Rosebush quarry, exploring the adits, 3 - geograph.org.uk - 512115

Rosebush quarry, exploring the adits. Inside the fourth level adit. It appears to be hewn out of the rock as has no supports. A torch would be necessary to explore further but at this point the passage either rises or is filled by rockfall.

Derelict quarry building, Rosebush - geograph.org.uk - 307308

Derelict quarry building. Even in the summertime these ruined buildings below Rosebush and Bellstone quarries look dour and forbidding. This one was probably a sorting shed.

The Terrace, Rosebush - geograph.org.uk - 303446

The Terrace, Rosebush. These miners' cottages, bedded into the windswept hillside, were built for quarry workers around 1870 during the brief boom in the slate industry here. Now they are popular as small homes and holiday accommodation.

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