Walking the dog
There are numerous opportunities for walkers in and around Newport, from a stroll on the beach to walking the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path.   Please enjoy your walks but remember to observe the Country Code. Dispose of your rubbish responsibly and for dog owners, please clear up after your pet and keep them on a lead when around any sheep or livestock.
Below are a few of the options.

THE BEACH at NEWPORT.
The beach can be accessed either by walking from the town or by taking the road across the river to the east of the town and keep turning left.   At the end of the road is a car park run by the Pembroke National Park Authority.  During the summer they levy a charge for its use.  Here you will also find toilet facilites and a small shop selling teas and icecream during the summer.
The Newport Life Saving Club has an office here and they are on duty during the hoilday period.
At the time of writing this article cars may park on the beach although access is not always possible if recent storms have eroded the sand from the bottom of the ramps.  However do not proceed beyond the timber post as after that the sand is soft.
If walking, take the 'marsh' path, along side the estuary, as far as the bridge.  After crossing the bridge the path continues down the other side of the river, passing an old Lime Kiln, towards the beach.
On reaching the house besides the path it splits one leg continues along the sand and around the headland to the beach, the other across the golf course to the car park and the beach.
If the tide is low it is possible to wade across the river in a number of places for a couple of hours either side of low tide, particlarly near the Boat Club.  Although the length of time depends whether it is a spring tide or not.
At low tide acres of sand are exposed.  However during the storms last year the face of the sand dunes was removed and the vertical surface is considered to be unstable so sitting near the bank is not reccommended.

OTHER BEACHES
There are a number of other sandy beaches within reach of Newport, these are three of them.
St DOGMAELS.   At the mouth of the river at Cardigan.
PENDINE,           In south Pembrokeshire, famous for its speed trials in the past and presenting 'miles of golden sand'.
BARAFUNDLE    An exquisite beach also in south Pembrokeshire.  A short walk from the National Trust car park at Barfundle.   However please note that the nearest 'facilities' are back in the carpark.   There are none on the beach.

CARNIGLI   The mountain behind the town
aac2 dscf0013This is a walk well worth taking for the breath taking views from the top.  One can walk from the town or drive up the mountain taking the road on the western boundary of the town to a car park at the top.   From here the walk is relatively level.   However, dog walkers, please look out for sheep and horses which graze on this common land.

 

NEVERN GORGE
One should add that this is not a walk for someone with no head for heights as the path passes along the side of the gorge.  Also it is not reccommended during wet weather as the path may be slippery.
Although this walk can be accessed from the town it involves walking some distance along the narrow road which goes to the beach and which has a number of blind dips and crest.
The safest way is to take Cardigan road out of the town and after about a mile, at the crest of the hill the, turn left down to Nevern.
With permission, and after buying some appropriate fare, it is may possible to use the pub car park.  Otherwise drive over the bridge and park in the road to the left just before the church.  
Before the walk, or on the way back this building is worth a visit for its internal decoration, celtic cross and weeping yew.
This is a circular walk and can be started from either end.  Personally I'd reccommend starting at the church as this way the return is a level stroll.
Take the road to the left and walk up the hill to the first (rh) bend.  In front is a path which passes a pilgrims cross cast into the rock face.  The path traverse around a field, which may have stock in it, before entering the gorge.  From here it crosses another field, again look out for stock, before descending to the river.  After a short stretch it rises again along the side of the gorge before descending once more to the river.
At the end of this stretch is a cottage and a stone bridge over the river next to the caravan park.
Take the road over the bridge and continue till you pass some derelict buildings.  The path then bears off to the left with a pleasant walk through a wood and back to the field next to the pub and Bridge at Nevern.

 

jre 08/04/15

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