Take a Trip to the Mystical Preseli Hills
Although Pembrokeshire is most famous for its beautiful coastline, there are plenty of hidden gems inland too. A favourite place for tourists and locals to get away from it all is the Preseli Hills (also known as the Preseli Mountains) in the northern part of the county. The source of the famous bluestones used in the building of Stonehenge, this mystical place is one of the wildest and most unspoilt landscapes in Wales. Dotted with ancient monuments, steeped in legend and offering some of the best country views in Britain, no holiday in Pembrokeshire is complete without a visit to this incredible place.
Drive up the northern coast road from St Davids and in about 40 minutes you’ll reach the pretty coastal village of Newport. This charming hamlet skirts the edge of the Preselis and is a great starting point from which to walk up the imposing peak of Carn Ingli that looms above. The sea views here are some of the best in Pembrokeshire, taking in the beach below and the lovely Nevern Estuary.
Pentre Ifan and Ty Canol Woods
From Newport, go inland towards Pentre Ifan, one of Pembrokeshire’s most famous ancient monuments. This Neolithic burial chamber has stood in these hills for over 5,000 years and is one of the finest examples of its kind in the world. It’s a fascinating place, especially when you wonder how the ancient peoples of the area balanced the huge 16 tonne capstone! (And if you go at night, be sure to keep your eyes open for the Tylwyth Teg – mischievous Celtic fairies who are said to dance around the stones in the moonlight.)
From here it’s only a short distance to the mysterious Ty Canol Woods. Full of ancient trees, this atmospheric woodland is home to some of the rarest lichen species in Britain. It's a nice spot to enjoy some peace and quiet and a spot of birdwatching.
The Preseli Hills are the setting of many a myth and legend. As well as fantastic beasts like the Afanc and warring giants, these mountains are heavily linked with the legend of King Arthur. Further inland towards the village of Mynachlog-ddu, lies Bedd Arthur (Arthur’s Grave) which local folklore claims is the final resting place of the legendary king. Here you’ll find a curious circle of standing stones that marks the spot, and dramatic views across the windswept moorland.
The Golden Road
Bedd Arthur lies near one of the best walks in West Wales, the 7 ½ mile Golden Road. If a scenic walk is high on your list of things to do on your Pembrokeshire holiday, this is an absolute treat. An ancient trading route that follows well-worn tracks across the Preseli ridge line, the views here are as breathtaking as the air is invigorating. If you love walking, history, beautiful scenery and a place with atmosphere, it’s well worth a visit.
The Gwaun Valley
Travelling towards Fishguard from the end of the Golden Road, you’ll come across the Gwaun Valley. This tranquil, sparsely populated valley is one of the loveliest in the county and follows the peaceful river Gwaun as it flows towards the coast. There are some very pretty woodland walks here if you want to stretch your legs. Or if you fancy visiting somewhere a bit different, why not pop into Dyffryn Fernant Gardens to admire the plants and the views? If that’s not your cup of tea, stop and visit one of our local microbreweries that make their excellent craft beers with the local Preseli spring water.
Relax in style at Warpool Court Hotel
A day out in the Preseli Hills is one of the highlights of a Pembrokeshire holiday. But you also need somewhere to wind down after a hard day of walking and breathing in all that fresh mountain air. We’ve got the perfect place to kick back and relax, with our stunning sea and country views, fine dining restaurant, cosy bar and luxurious rooms. Or you can chill out in our peaceful Italianate gardens, enjoy a cheeky game of tennis and take a quick dip in the heated pool. Whatever you do on your Pembrokeshire getaway, we’re here to make it a holiday to remember.