Pembrokeshire Coastal Path
Fresh air and spectacular views
With 186 miles to explore, the Pembrokeshire Coast Path is a must for all walkers and visitors to Newport. From the North of Traethmawr (Big Beach) it winds its way along the cliffs as far as St Dogmaels and from the Parrog on the South side of the Nevern Estuary it continues on its way to Amroth on the South Coast of Pembrokeshire.
There are many hidden coves dotted about the Path and some great stop off points along its length. Small walks can be achieved from Newport and a good place to start is at The Parrog.
From The Parrog there is an easily accessible and wheelchair friendly trail to the east along the south bank of the River Nevern to the Iron Bridge some half a mile or so away. From the Iron bridge the trail becomes rougher and is not so accessible to wheelchairs but with care a visit to one of Newport's now redundant Lime Kilns is possible. Great views of Carningli Mountain can be found at the Lime Kiln - a quarter mile or so from the Iron Bridge. From the Lime Kiln the path continues westwards to Traethmawr and then heads northwest up on to the cliffs of Morfa Head, keep going for some 4 hours and you will arrive at Ceibwr, a small bay with great rock formations.
Another four hours north from Ceibwr will bring you to Poppit Sands.
There is a bus service back to Newport from both Ceibwr and Poppit Sands.
Heading West from the Parrog along the Old Quay Wall takes you down stream along the river to the Mouth of the Nevern estuary. There are two small beaches along this stretch of the Coastal Path. Bettws is a pebble beach with a small inlet. The rocky outcrops along its eastward side are good for exploring and finding small rock pools with sea anemones, small crabs and other crustaceans. Care must be taken on these rocks and an eager eye kept on the river as these outcrops are totally submerged at high tide.
Head west from Bettws for five minutes and you will arrive at The Cwm. There is an old lifeboat station here and another pebble beach. Swimming at both Bettws and Cwm can be dangerous, the currents can be extremely strong at both these beaches especially on an outgoing tide. It is advisable to check the tidal times (Plus 1 hour to these times for Newport) if you are not familiar with these beaches.
Head northwest from The Cwm and you will start climbing uphill on to the cliffs, from here you can continue along the Coastal Path towards Dinas (some 3 hours) and Fishguard (some 6-7 hours depending on your route). The Coastal Path continues to wind its way around the Pembrokeshire Coast to Amroth on the South Coast along this route.
There is a bus service back to Newport from both Dinas and Fishguard.
Wildlife to look out for:
- Gulls, chuffs, cormorants, puffins
- Seals, porpoises, dolphins, baskin sharks
- Sea turtles have been spotted