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History

A visit to Nevern will satisfy those with a liking for colourful history. At its heart is the 12th century St Brynach church and by its ever-open door stands the thirteen-foot high, 10th century, intricately carved stone Nevern Cross . Villagers once gathered around this cross on April 7th – St Brynach’s feast day – to await the arrival of the first cuckoo.  Leading up to the church is an avenue of 700-year-old yews, one of which continuously drips red sap from its branches. Various legends offer explanations: one is that the bleeding will continue until the nearby castle is restored into Welsh hands; a more prosaic version is that it mourns the hanging of an innocent man nearby many years ago.

Nevern has a number of historic monuments, including an ancient bridge and the remains of a motte and bailey castle.  There’s not much left of it today, but you can get a sense of its powerful position. The site has a particular tranquillity which makes it a lovely place to wander and children will love to put their imaginations to the test.

Walks

You can take an easy circular walk by striking up a path which goes to the east of the church, making a detour to look round the castle site.  Follow signs to the Pilgrims’ Cross and the path takes you along the banks of the delightful shallow river with its many little ‘beaches’ which just cry out to be used as bases for happy paddling sessions.

The woodland and water meadows are so peaceful and sheltered that this walk can give a sense of true relaxation to visitors of all ages.   It’s only just over 2 miles, but give yourselves at least half a day and take a picnic; alternatively, you could have lunch or dinner at the pub if you time your return to the village just right. In springtime, you’ll see carpets of celandines and primroses followed by violets and wood anemones just before the bluebells bloom in late April/early May.

Local Attractions

Around 3 miles to the east of Nevern is the fascinating reconstructed Iron Age hill fort of Castell Henllys, which benefits from a team who bring the settlement to life through re-enactments.  Children love this experience and it’s really easy to imagine that modern life has entirely dissolved.

Just two miles south is the dramatic site of the Neolithic burial mound, Pentre Ifan.  Its setting is truly photogenic with the backdrop of Carn Ingli mountain and Newport Bay.

In Nevern village itself is the Trewern Arms which serves traditional fare and ales.  Other pubs and cafés can be found in Newport, the quaint town which lies just 2 miles west.

Our favourite things to do in Nevern

  • Visit the historic Nevern Castle and Cross.
  • Explore the beautiful Nevern Church and its surroundings.
  • Walk along the Nevern River and enjoy the scenery.
  • Attend local events or festivals in Nevern.
  • Experience the historic charm of the village.

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