Things to do
Just 3 miles from the mediaeval town of Newport, ‘Y Garth’ is the perfect setting for a relaxing break, and is ideally situated for those wishing to enjoy the surrounding coast and country. Birdwatchers will see many species including Buzzards, Falcons, Wagtails, Moor hens etc. Ramsey, Skomer and Grassholm bird sanctuaries are within easy reach. An ideal base for walkers, cyclists, nature and history lovers.
There are plenty of glorious scenic walks which can be made from the house to take in golden sandy beaches, rocky coves, spectacular cliffs, estuary and mountain, all in the Pembrokeshire National Park (see Walking holidays page).
If you would like to walk a stretch of coastal path or traverse the Preseli mountains, the Walkers Bus will prove very useful (see Walking Activities).
There are 2 pubs in the village within walking distance of the B&B that do evening meals together with several popular pubs and some excellent restaurants in nearby Newport.
Travellers to Ireland will find YGarth B&B convenient for the Fishguard Ferry to or from Rosslare.
With over 50 beaches to choose from, there’s going to be one that’s perfect for you, whether you want surfing, kayaking, or kite surfing, or just somewhere peaceful to relax and sunbathe.
There are many varied activities to enjoy in the Dinas Cross /Newport area close to ‘Y Garth’. In Newport you will find a good selection of restaurants, art galleries, craft shops, pottery, antiques, book and coffee shops.
- Castell Henllys Iron Age Fort: To the north of the spectacular Preseli hills, sits the hill fort of Castell Henllys. In the reconstructed roundhouses, built on their original foundations, you can sit by the flickering fire and listen to tales of Celtic life in the Iron Age, over 2,000 years ago. Here you can step into the past and explore the furnished Iron Age buildings, the ancient livestock breeds, and the remains of prehistoric bones excavated at the site. Guided tours of the fort are held daily from April to October at 11.30a.m. and 2.30p.m.
- Dyffryn Fernant Gardens, Dinas Cross.
- Nevern: Nearby at Nevern you will see an historical 11th century church, a Celtic cross, and the world famous bleeding yew tree in the graveyard. Nevern castle, a motte and bailey earthwork stands on top of the ravine that overlooks the church.
- Pentre Ifan: The burial ground - Pentre Ifan is of great interest, as is the Iron Age Village reconstruction at Castell Henllys near Newport. Pembrokeshire has a rich history not just going back hundreds of years, but thousands. Cromlechs (burial chambers) are the earliest signs of settlement and our county has more for its size than any other county in Britain. Whilst Stone Henge, the most famous standing stones may not be in Pembrokeshire or even Wales, some of its stones come from Pembrokeshire's Preseli Hills.
- CarnIngli (Mountain of Angels) : The summit of Carn Ingli with its prehistoric hut circles and stones offers breathtaking views over the hills, vales and coastline.
- GwaunValley: This exceptionally beautiful deep wooded valley regarded by geologists as one of the world’s best examples of sub-glacial meltwater channels has a unique atmosphere and an abundance of wildlife and prehistoric sites. The people in the hamlet of Pontfaen uphold a unique tradition – they still celebrate New Year’s Day on 13th January according to the old Gregorian calendar. Gwaun Valley Brewery : Here you can see the brewers at work, smell the malted barley and hops and, best of all, you can have a free taste of the finished product - real ale made from wholesome ingredients and pure spring water.
- Llys-y-Fran: This magnificent country park with its imposing dam and 212 acre reservoir is a splendid place to spend a day. You an attempt the 7 mile perimeter track on foot or cycle (for hire) or you can fish, sail, windsurf, canoe or simply find a quiet spot to picnic and enjoy the view. In the surrounding woodland there is an abundance of wild flowers and bird life.
- Fishguard is best known as the site of the Last Invasion of Britain (by the French in 1797). The invaders were repelled by locals and the surrender was signed at the Royal Oak Public House in the town centre. The 200th Anniversary of the event was commemorated with the very fine 30m award winning Last Invasion Tapestry which can be seen in Fishguard's Town Hall.
- Strumble:A spectacular headland whatever the weather with its lighthouse (now automatic) situated on a large rock connected to the mainland by a narrow bridge. There is as heltered bird observatory atop the cliff popular with omithologists looking out for passing seabirds and migrants (as well as sea mammals). Seals rear their pups on nearby beaches and at Pwll Deri there is a cliff top youth hostel overlooked by Garn Fawr, a rocky outcrop standing at 650 feet and affording breathtaking views of the North Pembrokeshire coastline.
- Melin Tregwynt a woollen mill on the A487 to Fishguard is a traditional mill with a modern twist.
- Porthgain: This charming inlet was once a flourishing seaport in the 19th and early 20th centuries exporting locally quarried slate, shale and fine granite stone for road-building and bricks. The impressive harbour with its quays and the brickworks still remain but today it is occupied by small fishing boats and pleasure craft. The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority acquired the harbour and associated buildings in 1983 and extensive restoration work has been undertaken. Porthgain boasts two art galleries, a restaurant and the well known Sloop Inn, all of which are well worth a visit.
- StDavids: This magic place, the birthplace of Wales’s patron saint, is officially recognised as Britain’s smallest city and the location for Wales’s most important religious monument. The Cathedral nestling in the valley of the River Alun alongside the impressive ruins of the Bishops Palace is undoubtedly one of the loveliest settings in Wales. A wonderful ambience pervades the entire area which is quite unique. The city bustles during the summer months. Thousand Island Expeditions, Voyages of Discovery and Aquaphobia offer exhilarating and exciting trips around Ramsey Island. It’s a great way to see the local wildlife at close quarters.
- Castles: There are 51 forts and castles in Pembrokeshire including enormous stone fortresses like Pembroke castle, Manorbier castle and Carew castle. There are mediaeval walled towns of Tenby and Pembroke and fortified Bishops Palaces at St Davids and Lamphey.
- Islands to visit: Ramsey (www.thousandislands.co.uk ;
- Coasteering: www.celticquestcoasteering.co ; www.venturejet.co.uk
- Kayaking in and around Fishguard: kayak-king.com / www.mayberrykayaking.co.uk
- Wildlife sea safari Boat Trips from Fishguard Lower Town - www.razorbillribs.co.uk
- Horse Riding in Dinas Cross: www.havardstables.co.uk