Feel the magic of ancient landscapes

48 hours in the Preseli Hills

Steeped in history and myth, this small but spectacular range has captivated people for thousands of years.

Feel the centuries ebb away as you embrace a slower and quieter way of life. We’re sure the empty slopes and heather-covered expanses will captivate your heart!

The seasonal mood of the Preselis shifts and changes with each passing month, making it an attractive year-round destination. In winter, snow-covered peaks stoop under slate-grey skies. Springtime fields dance with lambs. Blue summer skies are reflected in the distant turquoise sea with views that stretch as far as Snowdonia and Ireland. Autumn walks crunch through frosty grass, boots break icy puddles, fingers are stained purple by succulent blackberries… No two days here are the same, and for centuries, many people have been drawn-in by the Preseli magic, returning again and again. A perfect weekend getaway for any time of year, you can truly escape the humdrum of everyday life and embrace the deeper rhythms of rock and nature.

Feel the fresh air…

There’s nothing like a day in the hills to make you feel alive. Set out in the morning with a picnic and spend the day breathing in the Welsh air,

Enjoy a bracing walk through the Preseli Mountains taking in moorland, sea views and impressive features along the way. Choose from short ambles, strolls up to the peaks (don’t worry, it’s nothing too strenuous – the tallest point is only 536m), or, we recommend spending a half-day walking the gorgeous Golden Road. Stretching east to west across the spine of the Preseli Mountains, this route can be walked in either direction, although walking westwards will offer you sea views and the setting sun in the afternoon. You’ll pass picturesque stone crags, bronze age burial cairns, stone circles connected to the Arthurian legend, and the impressive Foel Drygarn hillfort on the eastern end that offers spectacular elevated views.

Celtic Routes
Walkers at the summit of Foel Drygarn

Why not explore the hills on your bike? Hidden Routes offer fantastic packages where you can choose from a range of purpose-built mountain bike trails in the shadow of the Preseli Hills allowing you to let rip and enjoy the full fun factor of an e-bike.

Biking in the Preselis with excellent sea views

Finish the day…

No trip to the Preselis is complete without stopping at the Tafarn Sinc – one of Pembrokeshire’s most characterful pubs. The interior hasn’t changed much in over a century, and its rustic charm is a rare treat these days. Walls peppered with black and white photographs, hams hanging from the ceiling, a sawdust-covered floor and cosy fireplace make the community-owned pub a perfect place to put your feet up after a day in the hills. Be sure to practice your Welsh at the bar – you will hear it spoken in the nooks and crannies of the pub by locals.

The cosy and traditional Tafarn Sinc

Day 2…

A full day of activity can be had at Llys-y-Frân Lake on the southern edge of the Preselis. For water-lovers, boats, paddleboards and kayaks can be hired for fishing and fun. If staying on land is more your thing, don’t worry, there’s plenty of dry activities too! With a cycling centre, hire shop, and an array of mapped routes, Llys-y-Frân is the perfect place to while away time peddling lakeside and through wooded slopes. Routes range in length and difficulty, but there is something for everyone – including blue and red mountain bike trails, a pump track and skills area for those who want a challenge. Other dry-land options are climbing, walking, bank fishing, or for the warriors among you, the chance to channel your inner Celt in archery and axe-throwing.

Pop into the visitor centre where there are interactive and informative exhibits, a gift shop with local craft and produce, and a lovely café overlooking the lake – perfect for refreshing yourself after a day in or near the water.

The perfect spot for a picnic above Llys-y-Fran lake

Slightly further afield…

If you’ve had your fill of the wild Preseli slopes, Scolton Manor provides a lovely day out, whatever the Welsh weather throws at you. There is plenty to see and explore, both upstairs and downstairs, indoors and out at this Victorian manor house situated in 60 acres of grounds: nature trails, play areas, a museum and exhibition centre, a stable block and walled garden as well as the house itself. Also home to the Pembrokeshire Beekeeping Association, you can watch beekeepers from a distance, learn about the hives through an interactive exhibit and even see inside a hive with a live ‘bee-cam’. Honey can be purchased in the gift shop, and you can finish your visit with a cuppa and snack from the onsite café. Yum!

For dinner, head back up over the hills into Newport or Fishguard, where there are plenty of nice restaurants and cosy pubs to whet your appetite.

Preseli Hills

The Preseli hills are not high – just 536 metres at their highest point – but they make up for lack of stature in austere drama.

Kevin Rushby in The Guardian