The picturesque seaside town of Newport on the north Pembrokeshire coast is situated 10 miles south-west of Cardigan and 7 miles east of Fishguard. Lying on the foothills of Carningli mountain alongside the Nevern estuary, the idyllic setting of this unspoilt coastal resort makes Newport a popular destination among visitors to West Wales.
Newport's Welsh name, Trefdraeth, translates into 'the town by the beach' of which there are four to choose from. Newport Sands on the north of the Nevern estuary provides over a mile of fantastic Blue Flag status sandy beach. To the south of the estuary lies Parrog beach, home to Newport Boat Club and therefore a popular choice among anglers and boating enthusiasts. Further around the coast two small coves, known as Bettws and the Cwm, can also be found.
As well as being an excellent base for water sports, Newport is an attractive destination for walkers and wildlife lovers. For spectacular coastal scenery and the chance to spot bottle-nosed dolphins and grey seals, walkers can join the Pembrokeshire Coast Path which passes through Newport, stretching north-east towards St. Dogmaels and west towards Fishguard. Also popular are the walks from Newport up onto Carningli Mountain, offering panoramic views from the summit across Pembrokeshire.
The town of Newport dates back to medieval times when founded by the Norman nobleman, William FitzMartin, in 1197. It was at this time that William FitzMartin established Newport Castle on the hillside of Carningli Mountain overlooking the town below. Parts of this Norman castle were rebuilt following attacks from Welsh rivals during the 13th century. During the 19th century the castle gatehouse and adjacent towers were restored and converted into a private residence which remains inhabited to this day.
The countryside surrounding Newport is also steeped in history, with sites dating back to the Neolithic Age. Two miles east of Newport at Pentre Ifan a Neolithic dolmen can be found, comprising three standing stones supporting a large capstone weighing over 16 tonnes. The monument which dates from 4000 to 3500 BC would have originally formed the structure of a communal burial chamber.
Translated as 'the mountain of angels', Carningli gains its name from the 6th century legend that Saint Brynach used to climb to the summit of Carningli to pray and converse with angels. On the lower slopes of Carningli mountain the remains of a Bronze Age settlement can be found, whilst the summit of Carningli is the site of an Iron Age hillfort. Field work suggests the hillfort originally comprised a village of circular stone huts to the north-east, a series of enclosures, possibly used to keep animals, to the south-west, and defensive outer walls to the east.
Newport's unspoilt town centre offers a variety of interesting shops for visitors to browse as well as several cafés, restaurants and pubs serving excellent food and drink. The Tourist Information Centre is open between Easter and October and can be found on Long Street next door to the Tabernacle Chapel.
Parking in the centre of Newport is available at the pay and display car park on Long Street, with further parking available on the outskirts of the town at the end of Parrog Road next to Newport Boat Club. Public conveniences can be found at both Long Street and Parrog Road car parks.
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