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Millwood is a 126-hectare woodland that is predominately broadleaf.

Originally part of the Penrice estate this woodland still has the remnants of the late 18th century landscape tree planting and the original ancient woods that have occupied the site for many years.

Millwood is a Plantation on Ancient Woodland Site (PAWS) consisting mainly of ash woodland with some oak woods and a small amount of wet woodland.

As an ex-estate woodland it has an interesting variety of trees that have had plantings added to the native trees, through the landscaping works. These include a row of lime trees, and a glade of yews. Forestry Commission plantings include western hemlock, Norway spruce, silver fir and beech, and the mixture of trees makes it very interesting and excellent for wildlife.

The ground flora is diverse with typical ash woodland ground flora flourishing in areas not heavily shaded by the conifers. Some of the species present include bluebells, ramsons, red campion, cow parsley, marsh marigold, meadow sweet and male fern. There is also an area of wild daffodil. Some of the fauna present includes badgers, foxes, otters, buzzards, sparrowhawks and some bat species.


  • Ancient Woodland
  • Situated within Gower Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)


  • Car park
  • Nearest refreshment opportunities in Reynoldston (pub and village shop) and Oxwich (hotel and summer opening shop).

Access information

Penrice, Gower
Grid Reference SS493883 (entrance/car park)
OS Explorer Map 164, Gower


There are rights of way through the woods and woodland tracks that are accessible.


Follow main South Gower Road (A4118) and take minor road (steep and narrow) signed to Penrice village.


Nearest bus stop on South Gower Road by Home Farm, at top of minor road to Penrice village.