Mill Wood, near Swansea

What's here


Mill Wood is on Gower, just 12 miles from Swansea.

Originally part of the nearby Penrice Estate, this ancient woodland still has remnants of late 18th century landscaping and tree planting.

It is also home to the ruins of a watermill and fishponds which once supplied the kitchens of Penrice Castle.

The Forestry Commission bought the woodland in 1956 and introduced trees such as western hemlock, Norway spruce, silver fir and beech.

We are gradually removing the non-native conifer trees and returning Mill Wood to native broadleaf woodland.

In spring look out for bluebells, ramsons, red campion, cow parsley, marsh marigold, meadow sweet and male fern. There is also an area of wild da­ffodils.

Visiting Mill Wood

Go through the gate from the parking area to the welcome panel with map and information about what to see.

The map shows the route for a level circular walk (¾ mile/1.1 kilometres) through the woodland and past the ruins of the mill and the former fishponds.

There is an information panel by the mill ruins.

The route follows a wide forest road and a narrow path alongside the stream which can be slippery and muddy.

There are two benches along the way.

You can also explore the rest of the woodland along the tracks and paths.

Closures and diversions

Sometimes we need to close or divert trails for your safety whilst we undertake maintenance work or other operations.

We may have to close a site in extreme weather, such as high winds or snow and ice, due to the risk of injury to visitors or staff.

Please always follow any instructions on site and any temporary diversion signs.

How to get here


Mill Wood is 12 miles west of Swansea.

It is in the county of Swansea.


Take the A4118 from Swansea towards Gower and Port Enyon.

Continue through Penmaen and Nicholaston, passing the ruins and then turning left by the farm, signposted to Penrice.

Continue along this minor, single-track road for ½ mile and the parking area is on the right.

Ordnance Survey map

Mill Wood is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map 164.

The OS grid reference is SS 493 882.

Public transport

The nearest mainline railway station is in Gowerton.

For details of public transport visit Traveline Cymru's website.


The parking area is on the roadside, next to the woodland entrance.

Car parking is free of charge.

Overnight parking is not permitted.

Contact details

There are no staff at this location.

Contact our customer team for general enquiries during office hours, Monday to Friday.

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