Summer Cycling

Summer has arrived in North Pembrokeshire: we have had a few really hot days with real sunshine and the showers, though sharp, have been short.

Visitors and locals are out and about in Newport in increasing numbers but if you like quiet and amazing views, you can head up onto the slopes of Carningli: it is glorious.

Graham has been out with cyclists new to the area: they return with broad grins on their faces and plans to return.

Summer clouds, Carningli

A bright June day, Carningli

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Easter Cyclists

There’s been some beautiful weather in Pembrokeshire over the Easter holidays.

Hirers have arrived back in Newport with the great post-cycling grins that make it all worthwhile for us.

As expected, the route over to the Gwaun Valley and back via ‘Bessie’s’ pub has proved the most popular. We also had good reports of a trip to Moylegrove with stop for lunch at Penrallt Ceibwr garden centre and superb view of sea and Preselis on the way back.

One of this season’s new 29er mountain bikes was put through its paces off-road with encouraging results – the comment:”It was so easy going uphill it felt like cheating!”

Thanks everyone – hope to see you again soon.

Prehistory Cycle Tours

Experienced local archaeologist, Helen Manley Jones starts her Prehistory Car Tours on Thursday 17th April.

She will be meeting groups at Newport Tourist Information Centre at 9.30 a.m. for a drive around the area, stopping at a number of sites such as Pentre Ifan burial chamber, Preseli bluestone sites, stone circles etc.

Carreg Coetan, Newport

Carreg Coetan Arthur burial chamber, Newport

Routes may be tailored to suit each group but will always reach Castell Henllys Iron Age Fort at 12.30. A visit to the fort, guided by Helen is included in the car tour price of £15 per person.

Carningli Bike Hire, with Helen’s help has devised self-guided Prehistory Cycle Tours for those who prefer to explore on two wheels.
There are several options, from a short but beautiful ride to Nevern to a full length tour of the Preselis.
Our favourite takes 2 – 3 hours, depending on how long you wish to spend at each prehistoric site. It can be ridden any time but is designed so that you can arrive at Castell Henllys at 12.30 on a car tour Thursday. Basic refreshments (tea/coffee, crisps etc) will be available in the shop and you can join Helen’s guided tour. (Entry to the site will be payable – Helen’s tour included).

For more detail on the cycle routes, please contact Carningli Bike Hire, Carningli Centre, East St, Newport, Pembs, SA42 0SY. Phone: 01239 820724/820091, email:

For car tours: Castell Henllys: 01239 891319 or Helen: 07967 019028

Beautiful Autumn

We’ve had rough weather recently.
Too poor, you might think, to enjoy mountain biking around Carningli – too wet – too windy?
Well, some of the time – yes – but in between the gales and downpours there have been interludes of calm beauty. Nothing beats the exhilaration of coming down the mountain – and the scenery – always amazing.