With the Pembrokeshire coastal path in one direction and the Preseli Mountains in the other, Tegfan is a fantastic base for anyone who enjoys walking. Whether you are a fair weather stroller, a seasoned long-distance walker or something in-between, there is a choice of routes and an amazing variety of scenery. There are plenty of books and guides to walks in the area, but here are some of our favourites:
- Around Dinas Island. The best route is to start from Cwm yr Eglwys and get the steepest climb over with at the beginning of the walk. The return, round Dinas Head to Pwllgwaelod, is gentler and you can complete the walk with food and drink at ‘The Sailors’.
- To the top of Garn Fawr. If you go on a clear day and climb to the very top of the rocks at the very top, look out to sea. You might see Ireland on the horizon.
- Along the coastal path to Newport Sands and back by bus. The walks are a little harder than the distance on the map might lead you to believe. The path follows the coast along cliff tops and descends into the valleys, where streams have carved inlets and beaches along the way. So there’s quite a lot of climbing down to sea level and then back up again to cliff top level. The paths are reasonably well maintained and the flowers, the views and the wild life are absolutely wonderful.
- Along the coastal path to Aberbach and home along the back roads.
- Getting lost in the Gwaun Valley. There are plenty of paths and guide books, but somehow we always seem to get lost. However, the valley’s not that big and in the end you can orientate yourself and return to where you started.
- From Newport to the top of Carningli. Carningli is the extinct volcano that dominates the little town of Newport. St Brynach is supposed to have retreated to this mountain to commune with the angels, giving rise to the name, which translates as Mountain of the Angels. There are bronze age stone hut circles on the mountain and (in our experience) springs. It’s good idea to walk in waterproof walking boots.
- From Rosebush to Preseli Top. Foel Cwmcerwyn (known as Preseli Top and, at 537m, the highest point in Pembrokeshire) has a sufficient drop on all sides to dominate the surrounding landscape and to offer stupendous views from the summit.
- From Garn Fawr to Carningli.
Dinas Community Forum has published a set of circular walks. They can be downloaded here:
Pwllgwaelod to Aberbach – Dinas Circular Walks – July 2014-4
Two Beaches and the Village – Dinas Circular Walks – July 2014-2
Dinas Island – Dinas Circular Walks – July 2014-1
Rhiwelli Viewpoint – Dinas Circular Walks – July 2014-3
Garn Fawr – Dinas Circular Walks – July 2014-3
Cwm yr Eglwys to Aberfforest – Dinas Circular Walks – July 2014-3
Another good walk, which doesn’t involve much climbing is a circular walk of Garn Fawr mountain.
Park your car at the viewpoint above Dinas village and walk westwards. At first along a tarmacked road giving way to a grassy way-marked path which leads around the flank of Mynydd Melyn (Garn Fawr mountain) eventually reaching the road running behind Garn Fawr. Turn left onto this road and walk gradually upward for about a mile until you come to a t-junction at which you turn left which will take you back to your car.
There are wonderful views of the coast, Fishguard harbour, the Prescelly hills and all the way down to St. Davids on a clear day.
Great! I love finding new walks that don’t require much driving first. In fact you could walk from Tegfan to the viewpoint. We’ve never walked round the mountain: only to the top and down again. We’ll give it a go. Thanks for the suggestion.