Trefin shown within Pembrokeshire
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Trefin is a village in the Welsh-speaking area of Pembrokeshire, south-west Wales. It is sometimes given the anglicised spelling Trevine, particularly on older maps, although the official name is now Trefin in both English and Welsh. Trefin has derived its name from the Welsh name 'Trefaen' which translated to English means 'village on the rock outcrop'. The rock outcrop can be seen in many places around Trefin, especially its centre.
Although small, Trefin is an historical village. It is inextricably linked to the Archdruid Crwys, who was born in Craig Cefn Parc, Glamorganshire, and the historic mill at Aberfelin is the subject of his most famous work, the poem 'Melin Trefin', which is one of the most famous poems in the Welsh language. The mill was in use for around 500 years and was used by the villagers of Trefin and surrounding areas. Wheat was milled to produce flour for bread baking and barley was ground into winter feed for livestock. By the 1900s cheap grain was being imported from overseas and milled in larger mills in towns and cities. Trefin Mill eventually closed in 1918. The mill building still stands but with no roof. The mill stones still remain.
Trefin is an area of outstanding beauty, surrounded by the Irish Sea and located on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, between Porthgain and Abercastle. It has the convenience of being on the route of the Strumble Shuttle bus service, part of the Pembrokeshire Greenways public transport service. Trefin is located within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, the only coastal area included in the National parks of the United Kingdom.
Nowadays, Trefin is home to a small community of around 130 people, and houses a weaving centre named Melin Trefin, a cafe named The Mill, two chapels (both now closed), a Public House 'The Ship Inn', a hostel named the 'Old School Hostel' as well as various other B&B's and holiday cottages. Nearby villages include Llanrhian, Abercastle, Porthgain, Mathry, Square and Compass, Penparc and Croesgoch.