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Pembrokeshire: Land of Legends

Discover some of the legendary tales that have links with Pembrokeshire. They tell of huge capstones lifted into place by fairies, enormous boulders hurled down the mountainside by giants; of a fearsome lake monster and a bleeding yew tree.

This series of short films and audio clips by Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority brings these and other stories to life, linking them to the landscape as part of a partnership project funded by Visit Wales for the Year of Legends 2017.

Click a place name to find out more about the legendary links to that location.



St Dogmaels

St Dogmaels Mermaid
Sculpture of a mermaid at St Dogmaels.

This peaceful little town on the banks of the river Teifi marks the northern end of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail. Located on the water, it has its fair share of fisherman’s tales.

Walk in the legendary landscape:
Cemaes Head (click link to download walk PDF).

Listen to the legend:
Peregrine and the Mermaid (click link to download audio file).

Nevern

Nevern Cross
The Celtic High Cross and ‘bleeding' yew tree at Nevern.

Now a tranquil village nestled within Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Nevern’s Medieval past lives on through the legends relating to the castle and the church.

Listen to the legend::
The Bleeding Yew (click link to view video).
Family Feuds (click link to view video).

Walk in the legendary landscape:
Nevern (click link to download walk PDF).

 

Newport and Carn Ingli

View from Carningli
View from Carn Ingli.

Explore the bustling little town of Newport, or venture up on to Carn Ingli, sometimes called the mountain of angels, where St Brynach is said to have lived.

Listen to the legend:
St Brynach and the Angels (click link to download audio file).

Walk in the legendary landscape:
Newport/Carningli (click link to download walk PDF).
Newport Millennium Trail (click link to download walk PDF).

Castell Henllys

Castell Henllys Iron Age Village
Castell Henllys Iron Age Village.

Step back in time and experience life in the Iron Age. Many myths and legends would have been told around the fire in hill forts such as this.

Listen to the legend:
Ceridwen and Gwion (click link to view video).
The Celtic Warrior (click link to view video).

Walk in the legendary landscape:
For more information visit the Castell Henllys website

Pentre Ifan

Pentre Ifan
Pentre Ifan Burial Chamber.

Burial chambers, ancient woodland and stone cairns make this area of north Pembrokeshire a place of myth and mystery, where the imagination can run wild.

Listen to the legend:
Pentre Ifan and the Fairies (click link to view video).

Walk in the legendary landscape:
Pentre Ifan Wood (click link to download walk PDF).

Brynberian

Bedd yr Afanc - Monster's Grave
Bedd yr Afanc, the Afanc monster's grave.

Burial chambers, ancient woodland and stone cairns make this area of north Pembrokeshire a place of myth and mystery, where the imagination can run wild.

Listen to the legend:
Bedd yr Afanc (click link to view video).
The Stupid Giants of the Preselis (click link to view video).

Walk in the legendary landscape:
Brynberian (click link to download walk PDF).

Bedd Morris

Bedd Morris Standing Stone.
Bedd Morris standing stone.

Enjoy the spectacular views from up on the common and decide why you think this standing stone was placed here.

Listen to the legend:
The Grave of Morris (click link to download audio file).

Walk in the legendary landscape:
Sychpant/Caregog (click link to download walk PDF).

Preseli Hills

Preseli Hills
The Preseli Hills.

Enjoy the sense of freedom and the vast views from the heights of the Preseli Hills, which narrowly escaped becoming a permanent military training ground.

Listen to the legend:

Culhwch and Olwen (Twrch Trwyth) (click link to view video file).
Culhwch and Olwen (Twrch Trwyth) (click link to download audio file).
Preseli by Waldo Williams (click link to download audio file).
The Battle in the Sky (click link to download audio file).

Walk in the legendary landscape:
Foel Dyrch (click link to download walk PDF).
Foel Eryr (click link to download walk PDF).
Mynydd Preseli (click link to download walk PDF).
The Golden Road (click link to download walk PDF).

Fishguard

Carregwastad Point.
Carregwastad Point near Fishguard.

Now a major ferry port and gateway to Pembrokeshire, Fishguard was the site of the ‘Last Invasion of Britain’ more than 200 years ago.

Listen to the legend:
The Last Invasion (click link to download audio file).

Walk in the legendary landscape:
Fishguard Fort (click link to download walk PDF).
Goodwick Parrog West (click link to download walk PDF).

St Davids

St Davids Cathedral.
St Davids Cathedral.

St Davids, the smallest city in Britain, and birthplace of the patron saint of Wales, has the perfect mix of history, culture, coast and countryside.

Listen to the legend:
The Birth of St David (click link to download audio file).

Walk in the legendary landscape:
Historic St Davids (click link to download walk PDF).
St Davids City (click link to download walk PDF).
St Davids (click link to download walk PDF).
St Non's to Porth Clais (click link to download walk PDF).
St Non's to Caerbwdi (click link to download walk PDF).

Roch

Roch Castle
Roch Castle.

Roch Castle, built by Norman knight Adam de Rupe, has historic royal connections. Nowadays, with its panoramic views over St Brides Bay, it is let out for holidays and retreats

Listen to the legend:
Adam and the Snake (click link to download audio file).

Walk in the legendary landscape:
Roch/Brandy Brook (click link to download walk PDF).

St Ann’s Head

Mill Bay.
Mill Bay.

Mill Bay, a quiet cove on the Dale Peninsula, is a site of huge historical significance.

Listen to the legend:
Henry's Landing (click link to download audio file).

Walk in the legendary landscape:
St Ann's Head (click link to download walk PDF).

Milford Haven Waterway

Daugleddau Estuary.
Minwear on the Daugleddau Estuary.

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is more than just beautiful coastline – explore the secret waterways of the Daugleddau Estuary, wooded valleys and rugged Preseli Hills.

Listen to the legend:
Skomar Oddy (click link to download audio file).

Walk in the legendary landscape:
Lawrenny (click link to download walk PDF).
Llangwm (click link to download walk PDF).
Angle (click link to download walk PDF).
Foel Eryr (click link to download walk PDF).

St Govan’s Chapel

St Govan's Chapel
St Govan's Chapel.

Tucked in to the cliffs on the Castlemartin Range, St Govan’s Chapel is a great place to explore.

Listen to the legend:
St Govan and the Pirates (click link to download audio file).

Walk in the legendary landscape:
Bosherston/St Govan's (click link to download walk PDF).
Stack Rocks/St Govan's (click link to download walk PDF).
Stack Rocks/St Govan's (Wheelchair Walk) (click link to download walk PDF).

Carew Castle

Carew Castle
Carew Castle.

Once a home to lords and ladies, princesses and warriors, Carew is now home to ghosts stories and rare bats. Come and explore the Castle and Tidal Mill for yourself.

Listen to the legend:
Princess Nest (click link to view video).
The Barbary Ape (click link to view video).
The Celtic Warrior (click link to view video).
The Princess and the Frog (click link to view video).

Walk in the legendary landscape:
Carew (click link to download walk PDF).
For more information visit the Carew Castle website.

 

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