Gwaun Valley, Newport Pembrokeshire
Ancient glacial melt water valley.
Situated to the south of Newport and obscured by Carningli Mountain is one of Pembrokeshire's hidden gems - the Gwaun Valley.
This beautiful valley, heavily wooded on both sides is glorious and every visitor to Newport should take the time to discover this hidden tranquility.
There are lovely woodland walks leading up onto the Preseli Hills and at Sychpant Woods onto Carningli Mountain that will lead you through beautiful twisted oak and natural woods uphill onto some lovely moorland and hill tops with fantastic views over the Pembrokeshire tundra.
After a good walk, there are two pubs - both well worth a visit. Bessie's is situated at Pontfaen and is noted as being probably the best pub (among locals) in Wales. Here you will find beer served from the jug through a small hatch in the wall - just don't ask for anything too fancy as this is a proper old school pub. Further down the valley towards Fishguard at Llanychaer is the Bridgend Inn, which serves food as well as ales and beers.
And if the two pubs are not enough, there are also two breweries situated in the Gwaun Valley. At the northern most point of the Valley is the Bluestone Brewery (open to the public) - rapidly growing a great reputation in various pubs in Newport. Further west on the B4313 is the Gwaun Valley Brewery which has been established for a good while and their brews can be sampled in many Pembrokeshire pubs. The Gwaun Valley Brewery is also open to the public.