Afon Nyfer (The Nevern River).
Meandering through ancient woodlands to the sea at Newport Pembrokeshire.
The Nevern River starts it journey from several sources in the Preseli Hills, east of Newport. It winds its way down to the sea through ancient wooded valleys passing Bronze and Iron age forts along its route.
Many smaller Rivers join the Nevern on its journey west, at its highest points the Afon Clyn Maen meets it near Pont Y Glasier and south of Castell Mawr (near Eglwyswrw) the Afon Bryn Berian joins forces with it also.
The main (A487) road passes over the Nevern at Felindre Farchog and runs parallel to the river towards Temple Bar and the turn off to Nevern Village. Good views of the river can be found at Nevern Village before the river winds its way back into woodland reappearing at the Iron Bridge in Newport.
The Iron Bridge is a good spot for bird watching and you can pretty much guarantee that there will be Ducks, Geese and Swans in attendance during the summer months. You may even get lucky and catch a glimpse of a King Fisher going about its daily business in and around the reed beds visible from the Bridge.
West of the Bridge the Nevern opens up onto mud flats, where other varieties of bird life can be observed. Two pathways allow you to walk both the north and the south banks of the Nevern westwards from here.
Head north across the bridge and you can take a left turn and walk along side the Nevern to Big Beach (Traeth Mawr) or head south and turning right will give you access to a path that leads to The Parrog. Both paths are part of the much larger Pembrokeshire Coastal Path.
Wildlife to look out for:
- Ducks, geese, swans, kingfishers, common egrets, gulls, oyster catchers, herons
- Salmon, sewin, mullet, trout, flat fish
- Otters have been sighted