Pembrokeshire’s rocky gorge.
As you drive north from Haverfordwest to Fishguard for the first time(or the other way, of course!) you may be surprised to reach the spectacular gorge at Treffgarne – sharp bends and a narrow sided valley with the road , river and railway line. Evidence of early settlements have been found here and the village of Wolfscastle at the northern end still has the remains of its motte and bailey castle. This is somewhat incongruently placed over the main road, which does make to hard to imagine how it was in its heyday, but it is not far from the road so take time to stop in the village, walk under the bridge by the river and take the short track up to the castle. Wolfscastle is popular with its pub and rather upmarket hotel and conference centre.
Romano villas were also discovered here so this has always been a vital point on the route north, even if its challenging topography did defeat Brunel’s railway plans. Owain Glyndwr was born in Treffgarne and the village is attractively straggled along and up the lane linking this main road to a parallel minor road over the wilder open expanses near Hayscastle.
There are plenty of attractive wooded walks nearby and the rocks at the pinnacle of the gorge attract climbers and boulderers. Lion Rock Bear Rock and Castle Rock can be seen from all around and are well-named – there is some speculation that Victorians moved them around a bit to make them more of a striking tourist attraction!