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The village took its name from the slate quarry after 26 terrace houses were built for the workers and their families. They operated between 1825 and 1891 and supplied the slates for the Palace of Westminster in London. A railway line was built to transport the slate but that has long since disappeared.

The quarry is vast with an arched underground tunnel cut into the hillside. Looking 200ft down into the first large basin and admiring natures conquest of it was remarkable; an unusual landscape of heath and grassland, with heaps of discarded slate sticking out from a carpet of ferns, and pine trees clinging to the ledges. Surrounded by rock and slate, the small freshwater lake is tucked neatly into the landscape. Translucent emerald green water fills what was originally dug as a pit, left to flood and then used as a reservoir to drive the quarry turbines. Now it is the perfect wild swimming spot.

Our favourite things to do in Rosebush

  • Llys-y-Fran Reservoir and Country Park Enjoy outdoor activities and scenic walks around the reservoir.
  • Rosebush Quarry Explore the historic quarry and its surroundings.
  • Tafarn Sinc Pub Visit the iconic Tafarn Sinc, one of Wales’ oldest pubs.
  • Pembrokeshire Llamas Experience llama trekking in the beautiful countryside.

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