A day out around Newcastle Emlyn
Newcastle Emlyn, Carmarthenshire Wales, is a busy market town which grew up around a crossing point over the River Teifi. Here the Teifi river twists and turns and has made an ideal defensive position for the Newcastle Emlyn's castle first built on by the Normans. Today, although the castle is in ruins, the town is lively and has lots of shops, cafes and pubs.
1) Newcastle Emlyn Castle
The castle is set in a beautiful park set in a bend of the river Teifi. Approach the town from the East along the A475 at the roundabout turn left across the bridge into the town centre along the high street and turn left at the clock tower (200 yards) and park in the car park.
A recent fun based trail with sign boards tells the story of Wales's last dragon and guides you around the short scenic walk around Newcastle Emlyn's castle and park.
2) Newcastle Emlyn – Shops & cafes
Newcastle Emlyn has a wide range of shops from the castle car park walk back to the high street and you are in the town centre.
Welsh Arts & Craft shop. Market Hall SA38 9AE. Displays a wide of art & craft items all made in the Teifi Valley. And also has local tourist information and a “Whats On “ noticeboard.
BagAge - FairTrade Shop Market Square, Newcastle Emlyn, SA38 9AE
Provides a chic alternative to the plastic bag, fair trade, recycled or locally made shopping bags and baskets to enable you to be plastic bag free. Here you can find a growing range of Fair trade products and gifts. www.bagage-fairtrade.co.uk.
The Country Cabin Royal Oak Mews, Newcastle Emlyn, SA38 9AE
Offer a vast range of gifts, soft furnishings, ceramics, jewellery, small antiques and collectibles. www.thecountrycabinsa38.com
Harrison's Bistro and Coffee House Newcastle Emlyn, SA38 9AJ
Eenjoys a unique location overlooking the River Teifi in Newcastle Emlyn, views of the castle, the river and wildlife. Good quality home-cooked food is available throughout the day, A superb afternoon tea is available that is truly memorable.
Newcastle Emlyn Antiques Centre New Road, Newcastle Emlyn SA38 9BA.
30 dealers under one roof a great browsing experience. www.walesantiques.co.uk
3) Caws Cenarth Cheese
From the castle car park drive to the high street and turn left at the t junction. At the end of the high street turn right and then left signed leisure centre, carry on for about 1.5 miles to Penrherber, turn right here and carry on for about 2 miles across 2 crossroads to Caws Cenarth.
Caws (cheese in Welsh) Cenarth produce a range of hard and soft cheeses. From the viewing gallery, in the shop you can watch the cheesemakers below hard at work. Caws Cenarth’s finest offerings and available to taste and buy.
The best time to visit is between 11.30 and 3pm if you want to see the cheese being made – but they are open from 10am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday, including Bank Holidays
From Caws Cenarth go back the way you came to the first cross roads (0.5 miles). Turn left and continue for about 2 miles to the T junction with the B4332. Turn right and continue for about 2 miles to Cenarth as you enter Cenarth just before the junction with the A484 is a free car park car.
Cenarth is famous for its waterfalls where can be seem leaping in the autumn. There are shops, pubs, cafés, toilets and a picnic site. A scenic nature trail walk starts across the bridge along the opposite side of the River Teifi (allow 45mins – 1hour). Across the main road on your side of the River Teifi is a 17th century flour mill with water wheel and the National Coracle centre. www.coracle-centre.co.uk (open Easter- October)
5) Helen Elliott - Art of Wales
From the Cenarth car park drive up to the main road A484 and turn right back towards (Newcastle Emlyn about 3 miles). Carry on through Newcastle Emlyn along the A484 and just before you leave the town you will see the Helen Elliot sign on your right.
Helen Elliott is an internationally recognised professional Naive artist who lives and works in West Wales. She paints 'Happy Pictures for Happy People'.The studio gallery showcases new originals as they are finished and before they reach the galleries; you can see the working studio and how the paintings evolve. There is also a range of prints and cards for sale. Visit her at the studio which is open Wednesday to Saturday 11am - 6pm.
6) The National Trust Henllan
Leaving Helen Elliot's studio continue right along the A484 about 3 miles and turn left onto the B4334 and pull into the side of the road just after Henllan bridge over the Teifi River. On the opposite side of the road side just before the bridge is a footpath down to a gate leading to the riverside footpath walk up river about 100 metres to Henllan falls, beautiful waterfalls, the river rushes through a rocky george between tree lined banks.
7) Diane Mathias Fine Art
Leaving the falls carry on along the A484 for about 400 metres and you will see Diane’s Studio on your left.
Diane is primarily a landscape artist, working in a variety of mediums; her work is inspired by "the divine majestic vistas of Wales". On sale are original paintings, prints and cards. The studio is open 11am - 6pm.
View Diane Mathias Fine Art website.
View details and location map of Diane Mathias Fine Art at List Wales
Leaving Diane’s studio continue along the B4334 back to the A475
Copyright © Mick Baross June 2012.