Carn Ingli, Newport, Pembrokeshire.
Most summer visitors to Pembrokeshire head for the beach, and with good reason. But take a look inland and you’ll see some easily accessible hills which are well worth a visit. One of these is Carn Ingli – its modest height of 346m belies the magnificent views you get from the summit, which take in much of the coast of north Pembrokeshire and on a clear day all of Cardigan Bay as far north as the hills of Snowdonia. Carn Ingli is easily accessed from the pretty Norman village of Newport and its wide, golden strand, Traeth Mawr. The hill is famed locally as being the home to Saint Brynach who is said to have communed with angels here – although it should be noted that the local hills are also known for their ‘magic mushrooms’. If you don’t fancy the long slog up from town you can drive onto Carn Ingli Common and park just a mile or so away from the summit, which is reached via an easy amble across open moorland. The peak itself is a jumble of frost shattered volcanic rocks and the remains of 2000-year-old Iron Age defensive ramparts and stone walls. Clamber across these to sit on the summit – you may not get into conversation with any angels but you’re pretty sure to agree the views are heavenly.
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