Road trip: Northern Pembrokeshire and Newport
This has it all, craggy hilltops, hidden valley, "olde world” pub, cream teas, garden, brewery, candle maker, beaches and a Neolithic tomb! Don’t worry you don’t have to do them all!
Start and finish in Newport Pembs., 30 miles from Stallion Valley about a 50 minutes drive, post code SA42 0SY.
Once you have reached Newport carry on straight through heading West towards Fishguard on the A487.
At Dinas Cross.
You can turn right to Pwllgwaelod, where there is a car park, toilets, beach, a great walk around Dinas head and The Old Sailors pub.
Alternatively, do as we did and turn left to Ponfaen up a minor road. After ½ mile stop at the view point which looks down onto Dinas Cross and out over Dinas Head and Cardigan Bay. To the south you will see Fishguard and maybe a ferry to Ireland and to the north Newport.
Carry on uphill for about another mile and stop at the layby for the short walk up to Carn Enoch, the 400 metre walk up to up to this rocky crag is well worth the effort for the views over the rocky moorland down to the coast and up to the Preseli Mountains. Inspired by the views head back to the car and carry on for another couple of miles to Pontfaen and the contrasting lush green scenery of the Gwaun Valley.
Here turn left upstream, towards Cilgwyn, perhaps stopping for refreshments at The Dyffryn Arms (Bessies) which is on the corner.
About 2 miles further on is Penlan Uchaf Gardens well worth a visit if only for the fabulous views over the Gwaun Valley and a cup of tea, home baked cake soup or sandwich.
Refreshed continue along the valley to Cilgwyn and turn left. On the corner is Bluestone brewery where there is a friendly welcome and the opportunity to taste and buy.
About ½ mile further on along the road is The Pembrokeshire Candle Centre where Inger makes and sells her beautiful hand crafted candles. Her husband Brian John is well known as the author of The Angel Mountain series of seven novels The stories are set in West Wales, and a central theme is the intense relationship between the heroine and her beloved Carningli -- the Angel Mountain of the title, next on your itinerary.
Carry on for about 1 mile and take a very sharp left turn up hill almost back on yourself to the Carningli car park. Carningli Mountain (347 metres) site of ancient forts and offers stunning three hundred and sixty degree views across the Pembrokeshire. Cairns are dotted about all over the mountain along with the remains of hut circles from forgotten civilisations that once lived, farmed and defended this part of Wales. The half mile walk up to the mountain is a bit of a scramble in places.
Safely back to the car return to the road which leads about a mile downhill to Newport. An attractive and lively town where there are plenty of little coves on the town side of the river, in the part known as Parrog. Traeth Mawr - ‘Big Beach’- is the mile-long sands that lie just across the River Nevern.
The road to big beach is also signed for the golf club. It is off the main road on your left if heading north. Off this road to the left, about 250 metres from the main road, hidden away is Carreg Coetan Arthur Burial Chamber, well worth a brief viewing.