48 hours in....Newport
Whatever the season, whatever the weather, Newport is an evocative landscape with a bucket full of charm
This artists’ haunt brings you wholefood shopping, co-operative art, street cafés and some of the best fine-dining restaurants Pembrokeshire has to offer.
Head to Blas at Fronlas for breakfast then take a good wander around town. Be sure to visit the Carn Ingli centre and the Newport Collective – a work co-operative featuring diverse artists from the local area.
Newport is one of the few places where you can walk sea to summit, in a leisurely morning. Carningli is the mountain that towers over the town and is regularly tackled by locals of all ages, all year round - so go for it!
Lunch on the mountain might be calling, so pop into the wholefood store and pick up an organic picnic of local breads, cheese and salad before you go.
In the afternoon you can stay on foot and walk from the Parrog to Newport Sands beach, around the estuary, and be sure to pop into Blas at Fronlas for a sweet treat on your way home.
In the evening you’ve got the pick of the crop when it comes to eating out. Award-winning restaurant with rooms, Llys Meddyg, offer a menu that supports the very best local, artisan food the area has to offer. If you fancy a vegetarian equivalent Cnapan is the place to go and the Golden Lion menu is worth grazing.
Newport locals love a good shindig, so be sure to check if the Memorial Hall have an event, Llys Meddyg have a garden gig or the Golden Lion has live music. A short distance away is Fishguard, with a community theatre cinema and Celtic music at up-and-coming venue Ffwrn.
If you’re here for a while…
You can walk in four different directions from Newport, without retracing your steps.
Pembrokeshire Coast Path runs through Newport Parrog and offers two spectacular walks from Fishguard and Poppit Sands. Be sure to hop on the Poppit Rocket bus - a quick bus ride out of town, in either direction, means you can enjoy a leisurely walk back to Newport, taking in the spectacular coast path scenery along the way.
If the walk up Carningli has whet your appetite then venture deeper into the Preseli Hills for more summit walks and unbroken views as far as Ireland and North Wales.
More adventure awaits you in the beautiful Gwaun Valley. Here you will find two microbreweries, a candle-makers, Penlan Uchaf gardens and some of the oldest woodlands in Wales. Not to mention the Dyffryn Arms – better known as Bessie’s. One of the most charismatic pub experiences you can hope to find in Pembrokeshire and a great place to practice your Welsh.
Carningli Common is a land of wild horses and one of the best ways to experience this landscape is with the help of a horse. Several local riding stables offer rides onto the moor and into the Gwaun Valley - an experience well worth taking home.
Try and stay for a Monday morning, when Market Street closes to traffic and becomes a spontaneous festival produce market. Nathan will sell you his delicious organic vegetables, to accompany Richard’s goat’s cheese, Emma’s home-grown flowers and Helen’s preserves. Expect live music, café tables spilling into the street and a memorable market atmosphere.
For legend lovers..
Pembrokeshire is steeped in myths and legends and if you love history you will love Castell Henllys. Discover your inner Celt at this living Iron Age fort and find out more about the ancient landscape you are staying in.
On your way back explore Pentre Ifan neolithic burial chamber and the gnarly oak forest of Ty Canol woods, just east of Newport. This is a landscape of legends and fairy tales, dripping with green moss and magic – perfect for stirring the imagination!
And romantic lovers..
If romantic is in the air book into Llys Meddyg, renowned for its beautiful rooms and fine dining. Vegetarians head to Cnapan for an equally delicious retreat.
Sunday morning the short trip to Fishguard for a crepe brunch at Ffwrn is well worth the effort. Make a day of it and do a loop, visiting Dyffryn Fernant gardens one way and exploring the Gwaun Valley, its walks and Preseli Hill views on the way back.
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Explore some more of Pembrokeshire's towns in our '48 hours in......' series. There's Narberth, Pembroke, St Davids, Fishguard and Tenby. Plenty of inspiration.