3.5 of 5 (3 votes)

Carningli Common and Cwm Gwaun

A moderate walk (riverside) in national park Pembrokeshire Coast in Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro), Wales, about 18.40km (11.43 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 6:45h. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 499m (1637ft)
Descent 498m (1633ft)
Max. Elevation 340m (1115ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 997m (3270ft)
Start & End
Newport, Pembrokeshire
Distance 18.40km
Duration ~6:45h
Created by Anonymous Walker on 14 Jun 2015
A walk of two halves, this one. The first half takes you over three small volcanoes that lie south-west of Newport, with good views on all sides as you progress. The second half follows the secretive Cwm Gwaun, including the pub at Pontfaen, to offer a varied day out.

Walk Functions


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Walk Map

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Take the bus to Newport in Pembrokeshire (note there is more than one Newport in Wales).
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Head east along the main road through the town.
About 0.42 km (~0.26 miles) from
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At Feidr Bentick, head south along the road.
About 0.26 km (~0.16 miles) from
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At the telephone box, leave the road and climb up to Carningli Common via the footpath.
About 0.87 km (~0.54 miles) from
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There are several Bronze Age sites on this ancient volcano. Once on the summit, head west along the high ground.
About 1.18 km (~0.73 miles) from
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Continue to the second summit of Mynydd Caregog.
About 1.88 km (~1.17 miles) from
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Cross the road and onto the third summit, Mynydd Melyn.
About 2.24 km (~1.39 miles) from
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Head for the road and cross over, then take the track leading downhill into the river valley.
About 0.44 km (~0.27 miles) from
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A change of pace for the second half of the walk as you follow the riverside in Cwm Gwaun.
About 1.69 km (~1.05 miles) from
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Follow the river heading east. There is a wonderful old-fashioned pub at Pontfaen, the Dyffryn Arms, where beer is still served from jugs!
About 2.19 km (~1.36 miles) from
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At Pen-Lan-Uchaf, you have two options: continue via the river to the start, or take the shorter but steeper route via the saddle to Newport.
About 2.47 km (~1.53 miles) from
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If opting for the steep option, take the path through the forest and continue via the saddle between Mynydd Carningli and Mynydd Caregog.
About 1.67 km (~1.04 miles) from
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Skirt around the summit and drop down towards the town.
About 1.13 km (~0.7 miles) from
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Re-enter Newport at Castle Hill, from where it's a short walk back into town.
About 0.92 km (~0.57 miles) from
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Back to the town centre for the bus home.
About 0.46 km (~0.29 miles) from

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