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Newport, Pembrokeshire The Local Area

The cottage, in its special position, has so much to offer that I seldom feel the need to go anywhere. From the cottage itself, you can take many mountain walks, the hedgerows and the moors are rich in wildlife and flowers, each in their season.

Birds are in great variety, sheep freely wander the little stone-walled fields and mountain ponies come down round the cottage to graze.


This part of Pembrokeshire has some of the most precious secret places to visit. It is a place of wild uplands, sheltered valleys and sacred sights. Cromlech and Menhir abound in the area.

Pentre Ifan

Standing Stones
Pentre Ifan

The most famous Neolithic burial chamber in Wales, Pentre Ifan is situated just 1.25 miles from Newport.

Castel Hentlys

Castel Hentlys

Not far away is Castel Hentlys, which is an iron age fort, part of which has been rebuilt and is open to the public. Feasts evoking the iron age are celebrated throughout the season.

On the summit of Carningli mountain, 30 minutes walk from the cottage, are the remains of an iron age valley. Its ancient cut circles and fortifications are still clearly visible.


Nevern is a tranquil village in the Wellow valley. It is very pleasant to go for lunch at the local hostelry and then walk to beautiful Nevern church and see its old yews and famous Celtic Cross.


Newport castle dates from 1191 but was rebuilt in Victorian times. It was founded by the Norman, William FitzMartin, whilst Nevern castle, two miles inland, was founded by the Welsh Princes.

Newport is a pattern of pretty, narrow streets gathered below the castle reminding us of its medieaval heritage. It was once a thriving port but now the river mouth has silted up so that only small pleasure craft can use it.

Along the estuary you can see the remains of line kilns.

The town has a population of about 1200 and its shops, banks and good restaurants offer excellent service.


Many old traditions are still kept, such as Beating the Bounds. This was to remind the parishoners where the village boundaries were. The mayor, on horse back and Court Leet and members of the public go round the boundaries.

To instil in the youngsters where these were they were beaten every now and again. This, I might add, is now only symbolically done at one place on the boundary walk.

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