by Hannah Craven
Situated in the heart of the Pembrokeshire National Park, Newport is a lovely seaside town that attracts visitors old and new, year after year.
Newport is set at the foot of Carningli (Mount of Angels at the very edge of the Preseli Hills) with Newport Castle overlooking the narrow roads of colourful houses which in turn sweep down to Newport Parrog Beach, the Nevern Estuary and Newport Bay. The Dinas Island/Ynys Dinas headland juts out into the bay, completing the whole scene.
Planning a visit to Newport? Here’s all you need to know about this bustling seaside town…
Newport has just about everything you could want for a great holiday at any time of the year. There are no theme parks or “attractions” here but so much to see and do and much of it free! What you get in Newport is a great opportunity for a traditional holiday but with all your modern comforts.
Beaches, clean air, breath-taking scenery, a sunrise from the top of Carningli, eating your breakfast alfresco at one of the local cafes, friendly locals, beaches, coastal walks, bird watching or ending the day with a fabulous Parrog sunset. The list goes on…
Newport Parrog Beach is closest to the town and no more than 15 minutes’ walk from any of the cottages in Newport. It’s picture perfect with a variety of boats moored in the estuary, elegant houses and tiny cottages. Add to this the views of Dinas Head, Morfa Head and Newport Sands (which you can wade over to at low tide) as well as rock pools and the boat club and you have the picture. It’s a great place for canoeing, boating, dog walking and watching glorious sunsets. Children enjoy trying their hand at rock pooling and crab lining in the summer months. Parking and toilets.
From the town there is a lovely half hour walk (accessible) to Newport Beach via the “Iron Bridge” and Nevern Estuary where there is almost a mile of sand to enjoy. The beach is great for swimming, walking, surfing, dog walking, rock pooling, wind-surfing and sailing. During the summer months, there is a lifeguard and a beach cafe. Plenty of parking (charges apply) and toilets. At low tide there are rock pools and caves to explore. The beach is backed by dunes and an 18-hole links golf course with a clubhouse cafe and a bar open to non-residents.
There is a really good selection of pubs and eateries to suit all tastes and pockets. From gastro-pub to fine dining and home-cooked pizzas to tapas and local seafood to the good old Sunday roast.
There is a variety of small individually owned shops which will provide just about all you need during your holiday. Here at Coast & Country Holidays, we feel it’s important to “shop local” and support our local community.
You can join the coastal 186 miles of Pembrokeshire Coast Path at Parrog, Newport and walk a section towards Fishguard or Poppit Sands. See Coastal Walkers Bus section below.
The Preseli Hills and Gwaun Valley are also popular with stunning scenery, vast views, woodlands, iconic stones and folklore.
There are plenty of circular walks available to print off for free on the National Park website.
Once you get to Newport you may easily find you don’t need to use your car again all week. Richards Brothers buses run a regular service to Cardigan and Fishguard/Haverfordwest. The bus stop is opposite the Castle Hotel.
Coastal Walkers buses The coastal walker buses cover all of Pembrokeshire with the Poppit Rocket, the Strumble Shuttle, Celtic Coaster, Puffin Shuttle and Coastal Cruiser covering the entire length of the coastal path
Newport is also pretty unique in that it is a Barony with local men appointed as Burgesses and a Court Leet. This tradition is proudly followed to this day and the annual beating of the bounds (walking or riding the boundary of the parish) takes place each August.
Enjoy a visit to Newport with a stay in one of our charming Pembrokeshire cottages. From rural retreats to sea view holiday cottages, we’ve got the perfect accommodation for you. We can even help you find those close to all the best amenities, from beachside cottages to homes close to the local pub!
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