Preseli Hills

Lying just west of Rhosygilwen the Preseli Hills are the highest in Pembrokeshire. On a clear day there are views to Snowdonia, The Brecon Beacons , The Bristol Channel and even the Wicklow Mountains in Ireland. When the mist rolls in there can be a more mystical feel. Neolithic burial chambers, standing stones and iron-age hill forts are widespread. Of these Pentre Ifan with its huge capstone perched on three uprights is probably best known. The ‘Golden Road’, a trackway on the ancient route from Wessex to Ireland runs along the spine of the hills. It is no wonder that they play a large role in Welsh Legend and ‘The Tales of the Mabinogion’.

The area is well suited for a slightly gentler outdoor holiday. The highest point is Foel Cwmceryn at just 536 metres , there are routes where the gradients are reasonable, and civilisation is never too far away .That said there are nearly always tougher options available and the hills must always be respected with proper equipment, maps and planning. The weather can change rapidly and there are boggy areas to avoid. Walking, horse riding and mountain biking are all choices for exploring, as is cycling in the lanes around the hills, including National Cycle Route 47 (part of the Celtic Trail) which skirts the southern edge, and the lovely wooded Cwm Gwaun which divides them to the north.

Images courtesy of Pembrokeshire Tourism Industry unless otherwise attributed.

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