About this view
The busy village of Newport is seen here from nearby Carningli, a former volcano which dominates the skyline. Carningli translates to ‘Mountain of Angels,’ and although there are many links with the 6th Century missionary St Brynach, there is evidence of earlier settlements from the Iron and Bronze Ages.
Newport’s Welsh name, Trefdraeth, translates to Beach Town, though the surrounding golden sands are not the only reason for its popularity. The town is very pretty and both the town and nearby countryside offer a wealth of diverse walking opportunities.
Within easy reach are two beaches (Newport Parrog and Newport Sands), the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail, the Preseli Hills and many historic sites such as Pentre Ifan. Perfect for exploring all year round.
The National Park Authority runs a Visitor Centre in Newport, located opposite the Long Street Car Park, it is an ideal starting point for those wishing to explore the wonderful scenery or find out more about the fascinating history of the area.
A few minutes’ drive to the north brings you to Castell Henllys - a unique Iron Age hill fort with fantastic replica Iron Age roundhouses. In the summer the fort bustles with life as visitors and school children explore how people lived 2,400 years ago.
In the winter, the site is far quieter but is still a fascinating place. There is also a lovely walk from here which explores the wonderful countryside and nearby woodlands and also offers fantastic views.
The original castle at Newport was built by the Normans on the lower slopes of Carningli and its remains overlook the town today. The remains have since been transformed into a residence and are in private ownership.
The town of Newport includes one of 14 Conservation Areas designated by the National Park Authority. Since 1988 hundreds of buildings have benefited from Conservation Area grants provided by the National Park Authority and Cadw, with the aim of conserving the exterior fabric of historic buildings.
How to get there
Newport can be reached via the A487 which runs from Fishguard in the south and Cardigan in the north.
The town can become very congested with traffic during busy periods so we would recommend you travel by bus. Service bus Newport 412, Poppit Rocket 405 (seasonal, hail & ride).
Visit Pembrokeshire Greenways for timetables and more information about Coastal Buses.
For further information on service buses see the timetables on Pembrokeshire County Council’s website.
If you do travel by car, there are several seasonal pay and display car parks around Newport.
For up to date travel information contact Traveline Cymru on 0871 200 2233 or visit www.traveline-cymru.info.