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Treffgarne and Wolfscastle.

view from treffgarne Gorge

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!

 

 

 

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Suzanne Ashworth

Suzanne Ashworth

Suzanne is now enjoying realising her long-held ambition to work as a Community Photojournalist and to celebrate her passion for the beautiful county of Pembrokeshire. Usually accompanied by her Pembrokeshire border collie, Cwtch.

3 thoughts on “Treffgarne and Wolfscastle.

  1. Apologies, but on second thoughts I think ‘typography’ may have been a typo [!} for ‘topography’ which would make more sense in the context.

  2. Hi, yes it’s an interesting area to explore. It might be worth mentioning that a little way south of Wolfcastle you can follow a footpath and bridge over the river and the railway line and into the woods where the remaining railbed for Brunel’s proposed line is still visible. See here http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2105660

    (Also, did you really mean Brunel was defeated by the ‘typography’ of the gorge? Perhaps geomorphology would be more accurate.)

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