Some Places to Visit in & Around Newport Pembrokeshire

Panoramic view of Newport Bay

Pentre Ifan

Nearby and without doubt, a vital part of the rich tapestry of our Celtic landscape, at SN 099 370, the magnificent PENTRE IFAN dolmen dates from approximately three thousand five hundred years ago and is probably the finest hilltop megalith and most famous, well preserved prehistoric burial site in Wales.
Looking out across the Pembrokeshire National Park towards Carn Ingli and Newport Bay, three huge uprights support a delicately balanced, enormous, sixteen feet long capstone estimated to weigh 16 tonnes.

Up to fifty tribesmen and women, along with their chiefs were buried here over many years. The belief of the builders was that the interred soul (or souls) was closer to the Spirit World and closer to the Sun whose essence was worshipped as the giver of life, warmth and abundance. Excavation has shown that this prehistoric “cathedral” was laid out in an oval pit. Once sealed, the long barrow was covered with a huge mound of earth 130 feet long and retained by a dry stone and timber wall, which has now been eroded away.

Also known as ARTHUR’S QUOIT, the site of this cromlech (or curved stone) according to legend has also been associated with Druidic sacrificial rites. The site of this Neolithic dolmen is well kept and entrance is free.
To savour the full majesty of feeling that this ”HOMESTEAD OF IFAN” can impart, pack a picnic and take in the spectacle of the sun setting in the wide western sky behind ”PENTRE IFAN”.
PENTRE IFAN is sign posted off the A487 between Newport and Felindre Farchog. Leave Pentre Ifan for...

The Most Atmospheric Woodlands in West Wales

Leave Pentre Ifan for one of the most atmospheric woodlands in West Wales. Turn left past The Croswell Riding Centre , take another left heading back towards Newport, just before Trewern Farm again on your left you can park in an assigned parking area.

Head firstly through the ”HAGR Y COED - WITCHES WOOD”, then carry on past The Pentre Ifan Earth Centre, taking the right hand turn on the path into woodland. Carry along the main track over a footbridge and eventually come to a small clearing on your left where you will find a track to a gate.

Turn left here to the site entrance to the...

Ty Canol Nature Reserve (SN 089 368)

A 20 hectare block of ANCIENT wet WOODLAND - birdsong echoing from 800 year old oaks, with an area of hillside grassy heath overlooking Newport Bay and the Coast. Like a local artist who could not resist making her film here, you too will be inspired after seeing plenty of evidence of the long historical use by man -remnants and relics of an Iron Age Fort, a small holding, stone wall systems, standing stones, open wood pastures that are grazed and have a very HIGH DIVERSITY of nearly 400 species of LICHEN.
Please stick to the footpaths and avoid wet areas! Waterproof footwear is recommended.

Newport Beach
Newport Beach
Newport Beach
Newport Beach
A Place for Dogs
Newport Beach
New 18 Hole Course
Golf Course with Views
Dinas Head
Olympic Torch Arriving in Newport
Nevern Estuary
Estuary Cycling
Large Tidal Estuary
Family at Newport Beach
Morfa Head
Enjoyment for all ages
Sunset in Newport Bay
Parrog Sunset
Boats & Dinas Head
Boating at Parrog
Iron Bridge Stepping Stones
Estuary Kayaking
A place to Explore
Hiroshima Vigil
Estuary Wildlife
Swans on the Nevern

Carreg Coetan

In nearby Newport, down Pen Y Bont, off the road to Traeth Mawr (Big Beach) at Cromlech House, tucked away in a verdant corner beyond bungalows and in a fenced enclosure, just before the Iron Bridge is CARREG COETAN ARTHUR.
This tomb has been here for a  few thousand years and is just over a mile north of Mynydd Carn Ingli towards which, it seems to be orientated.

Llech Y Drybedd Burial Chamber
Sea life in Newport Bay
Seal in Ceibwr

Not much taller than a person, the remains of this tomb consist of four uprights, only two of which support a precariously balanced thick, wedge shaped capstone tilted backwards with little trace of any of the cairn material that once covered the stones remaining- although a few large stones lay half buried within the well manicured lawn.

Llech Y Drybedd

Continue north on this road towards Moylegrove to LLECH Y DRYBEDD (Stone of the Three Graves).
This extremely impressive squat burial chamber is all that remains of a prehistoric long barrow, probably the last resting place of some great Neolithic leader. According to legend, this enormous stone was tossed by Samson from Mynydd Carn Ingli Confusion arises as to which Samson this could have been- Biblical Samson or St. Samson whose name is associated with various other sites in the area.

Not as well known as PENTRE IFAN, but of the same period, it can be found situated up a rough farm track immediately west of PENLAN FARM across from TRERIFFITH FARM.

Ceibwr Bay

Just a “stone’s throw away” are the picturesque coastline and cove at CEIBWR BAY where waves crash in on cliffs that lean in dramatic folds- amazing strata produced in the Caledonian period 450 million years ago.

Walk the 9 miles to Newport on the cliff path in 4-5 hours. Beware -some strenuous, steep sections up and down to deserted coves. Dramatic scenery at WITCHES CAULDRON - a collapsed cave, CASTELL TRERYFFYDD - the site of an Iron Age Fort, look out for dolphins, grey seals, herring gulls, gannets, choughs, fulmars, shags, cormorants, buzzards, ravens and kestrels on this stretch.

Further along near FOEL FACH, GODIR TUDOR, named after HENRY TUDOR is said to have passed this way in 1485.   Waterfall at PEN PYSTYLL on MORFA HEAD, walk down to TRAETH MAWR - Newport’s “BIG BEACH” with its safe swimming, water sports, rock pools, sand castles and ice cream shop.

Pilgrims Cross at Nevern Church

Just a couple of miles up the road is the PILGRIM’S CROSS  at NEVERN or NANHYVER as it was known in early Celtic times. No longer than a foot in length, this cross is carved into the cliff face along an ancient route through a wood, a quarter of a mile from NEVERN CHURCHYARD. It is positioned immediately above a small, seat –like hollow in the cliff that once nay have been a shrine for pilgrims journeying to St. David’s from Holywell.  In more recent times, pilgrims face the cliff, kneel in the hollow, touch the cross and pray.

Monday Market
Gwalia Gift Shop

The church at NEVERN is dedicated to an Irish monk, St. BRYNACH - a contemporary of St. DAVID, the patron saint of Wales, who in the 6th century founded this church in an isolated area.

There are still many early Christian relics here, the GREAT CROSS is a huge and beautifully preserved CELTIC MONUMENT reputed to have been carried and put in place by St. DAVID. In and outside this magnificent church there are also two other Celtic memorial stones, both inscribed in LATIN and OGAM.

Castell Henllys

Nearby, on the A487 on the outskirts of  Felindre Farchog, CASTELL HENLLYS is a scheduled Ancient Monument and most impressive prehistoric promontory IRON AGE FORT dating to approx. 6000BC.
Archaeological excavation has been carried out here for the last 20 years and thatched Iron Age buildings have been reconstructed on the site of the original corner posts and foundations.

CASTELL HENLLYS is open daily from 10am- 5.00pm from April until the end of October - last tickets sold at 4.30pm.
From November to March the site is open between 11am-3.00pm - last ticket sold at 2.30pm.
For further information call Castell Henllys on 01239 891 319.

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