Pembrokeshire might be more well-known for its fantastic coastline, but the scenery inland is just as spectacular. In the northern part of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park lies one of the most picturesque landscapes in West Wales – the windswept moorland and heather swathed slopes of the Preseli Hills. This wild, mystical landscape is peppered with ancient monuments, stone circles and ancient walking trails. There are even tales in the Mabinogion of King Arthur fighting mythical beasts on these very slopes. Thoroughly unspoilt and breathtakingly beautiful, the views, hikes and hidden gems here really are something special. Here are some of our favourite places to explore in the Preseli Hills.
The Golden Road
As scenic walks go, this one is hard to beat. The Golden Road is a 7-mile trail that follows an ancient trading route across the dramatic ridge lines of the Preseli Hills and is thought to date back as far as Neolithic times. At these heights, the views are nothing short of sensational (on a clear day, obviously – on a dull day you may find yourselves shrouded in some thick West Wales cloud). Along the way, keep your eyes open for the burial cairns that cap the summits, standing stones, wild Welsh ponies, kites and buzzards. Whatever you do, don’t forget your camera!
If you’re walking the Golden Road, you’ll pass this intriguing place on your journey, near Carn Bica. As already mentioned, the Preseli Mountains are inextricably linked with the legend of King Arthur. Bedd Arthur, which translates into English as ‘Arthur’s Grave’, is a circle of standing stones and, legend has it, is the final resting place of the great king. It’s just one of the many curiosities that lie within these atmospheric hills but its links to King Arthur make it one of the more popular sites to visit. Again, the views from Bedd Arthur are second to none – so, it’s definitely one for the Instagram page.
Probably the most famous landmark in North Pembrokeshire, Pentre Ifan is one of the finest examples of a Neolithic burial chamber in the world. Made from the very same bluestone that was transported from the surrounding hills to build Stonehenge, Pentre Ifan has stood here for a staggering 5,000 years. If you can, visit on a clear day near sunset. The sinking sun glinting between the huge uprights and 16 tonne capstone is one of the most special moments and spectacular photo opportunities you’ll ever experience.
Ty Canol Woods
This forest is so ancient, Ty Canol Woods once surrounded the burial chamber at Pentre Ifan. It no longer extends that far but is still within walking distance. A conservation area and site of Site of Special Scientific Interest this magical wood is home to some of the oldest trees in Wales and is the perfect environment for over 400 species of lichens. If a peaceful escape back to nature is what you’re looking for, this is the place to go for a relaxing wander through the trees.
Discover the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
If you want to come and explore the lovely Pembrokeshire countryside, our campsite is the perfect base. Located on St Davids Head, at Rhosson Ganol you can enjoy a chilled out seaside holiday but also make the most of the excellent transport links to all the places you want to visit. To reserve a pitch for your tent, camper van or caravan, just book online!