5 Hidden Gems in Pembrokeshire
With so many great places to visit around Warpool Court Hotel it can be tricky to decide which ones to explore. Whilst there are plenty of renowned spots dotted around the county, it’s always nice to discover a few places slightly off the beaten track. Here are a few of our local hidden gems!
Pengelli Forest Nature Reserve
Near the village of Felindre Farchog just off the A487 between Fishguard and Cardigan you’ll find the beautiful Pengelli Forest. Part of the largest expanse of ancient oak woodland in west Wales, it is home to a wonderful variety of plant and animal life. Beautiful birch, oak, ash and alder provide the canopy under which voles, dormice, frogs, badgers and pole cats flourish. It also provides the perfect habitat for the rare Barbastelle bat not to mention owls, sparrowhawks and buzzards. Gentle slopes and bubbling streams characterise the main part of the woodland but for a more challenging walk, the steep slopes of the Pant Teg section of the reserve are well worth exploring.
St Govan’s Chapel
On the southern tip of the county near the village of Bosherston lies the cliff-side curiosity of St Govan’s Chapel. The story goes that in the 6th century St Govan, an Irish monk, hid from pirates in a cave-like fissure. After this lucky escape he continued to live here as a hermit and in the 13th century a tiny chapel dedicated to him was built over the site into the side of the limestone cliffs. There are some steep steps to negotiate but the chance to explore the chapel and admire the spectacular sea views make it well worth the effort. Legend has it that if you count the steps on the way down, the number you count on the way back up will never be the same!
Gors Fawr Stone Circle
In the shadow of the imposing Preseli hills near the village of Mynachlog-ddu lies the prehistoric stone circle of Gors Fawr. Measuring about 22 metres in diameter and comprising of 16 stones, this circle is believed to have been constructed in bronze age times and is one of the best examples of a stone circle to be found anywhere in Wales. Gors Fawr also has an interesting connection - eight of the stones are made of the local Preseli bluestone, the same stone that was used to construct the much larger and more well-known Stonehenge circle in Wiltshire. Even today, Gors Fawr is still considered to be a mystical and sacred place by many.
‘Bessie’s’ - The Dyffryn Arms (Tafarn y Cwm)
If an old-fashioned country pub is up your street then The Dyffryn Arms is an experience you won’t want to miss. Situated in the village of Pontfaen in the beautiful Gwaun Valley, the pub is affectionately known as ‘Bessie’s’ after its long-serving landlady Bessie Davies. A local institution since the 1840s, walking through its doors is like stepping back in time. Beer is served in a jug straight from the barrel through a hatch in the wall of the cosy front room and you won’t get anything fancier than a packet of crisps to accompany your pint! It’s one-of-a-kind and the perfect place to get a taste of traditional pub life in a small Welsh village.
Ten miles east of Haverfordwest you’ll find the secluded and imposing Llawhaden castle. A fortified palace built by of the Bishops of St Davids, the ruins that remain tower over the river Cleddau and command lovely views of the surrounding countryside. Built in the 13th century, Llawhaden castle was a grand residence until the reign of Henry VIII when it began to fall into disrepair, eventually being abandoned in the mid 16th century. What remains still gives a hint of its former glory and its gatehouse and battlements are particularly impressive.
The Warpool Court Hotel is the perfect base from which to begin your adventure, so why not book a stay with us and go exploring? We’re pretty sure that you’ll find a hidden treasure down almost every lane here in Pembrokeshire.
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