Pembrokeshire’s beautiful wooded Gwaun Valley was created by torrents of melt water following the last ice age. The deep sided lush valley lies between the coast at Lower Town Fishguard and the wild Preseli Hills. Visitors in Gwaun Valley holiday cottages will be impressed by the unique atmosphere of this ancient landscape dotted with prehistoric sites and abundant wildlife. Should you choose to stay during the second week of January you will be surprised to discover that time has stopped still in the hamlets of Pontfaen and Llanychaer where New Year is still celebrated on the 13th according to the Julian calendar.
Besides fabulous walking, cycling and picnic opportunities the Gwaun Valley has some interesting attractions. Dyffryn Fernant and Penlan Uchaf gardens capture the magical ambience of this special area. The Pembrokeshire Candle Centre is celebrating 37 years of welcoming visitors to its candle shop (all candles are hand made on the premises), mini museum and gallery.
The Gwaun Valley Brewery in an idyllic farm setting invite customers to ‘try before they buy’ delicious brews made with pure spring water.
Award winning Gwaun Valley Meats can be bought from the small traditional butchers shop in the village of Letterston.
Aunty Bessie, a popular local character, runs The Dyffryn Arms in Pontfaen where she serves her real ale through a hatch to the sitting room via a jug directly from the barrel. The pub has been her family since 1840.
The Gwaun Valley is part of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.