Aberfelin is a quiet and quaint little cove near the village of Trefin on the north Pembrokeshire Coast.
The name means Mill Estuary or estuary of the millstream and the mill at Trefin is celebrated in Welsh poetry. The Archdruid Crwys, a Bard of the Royal National Eisteddfod Gorsedd, wrote a prize-winning poem about the mill and its old miller.
Entitled Felin Trefin (Trefin Mill) it is an allegorical work painting parallels between the centuries-long life of the mill and the short human lifetime of the miller. With cleverly-wrought alliteration, rhythm and rhyme, it is not only recited but has been put to music to be sung by soloists and choirs. It was notably part of the repertoire of a close harmony group of young men from the distrct, including three brothers, who called themselves Bois-y-Felin (Boys of the Mill). The mill buildings are ruined, but in good repair and the millstones are still there.
Aberfelin beach, when the tide is out, is a little sand and shingle beach which has safe bathing for families and a large number of rock pools which make a happy hunting ground for children with nets and buckets. They can catch the shrimps and small fish and crabs or just look in awe at the colourful sea anemones and the occasional starfish to be found there. Surrounded by high cliffs the beach is sheltered from the prevailing winds and, in calm, summer weather, is a perfect sun trap and a pleasant bathing beach with its clear, blue waters and gentle waves. However, caution is required if the sea is rough as there are strong currents further out. It has its own little island, an imposing stone arch and a cave tunnel to walk through, and an ambiance that suggests smugglers and pirates in olden days.
Trefin, its name for many years anglicized to Trevine, is a perfect resting spot, midway between Strumble Head and St Davids Head, for people walking the 170-mile long National Park Coastal Footpath, which passes through Aberfelin, for the village has excellent facilities. It has a friendly pub/restaurant providing a children’s room and garden, toilets, a shop selling ice cream and a weaving centre of Welsh crafts where souvenirs can be obtained. There is limited parking not far from the beach and in the village and pleasant walks on and off the coastal footpath.
You won’t always find Aberfelin marked on the maps, but it is sometimes called Aberdraw, and is so close to the mill at Trefin that it cannot be missed.
Fulmars nest on the cliffs to the south and a short walk along the footpath to the north-east takes the visitor to the site of an Iron Age fort, with signs of a third defensive bank inside the outer two and an outer ditch seemingly hewn out of the rock, but possibly just the intelligent use of the local geological formations by the builders 3,000 years ago.