sacred stones of pembrokeshire
4 days / 3 nights
Regular departures and private groups
“Here is my secret. It is very simple. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.”
Antoine de Saint Exupéry (1900 – 1944)
Sacred Stones of Pembrokeshire
- Walk in the Preseli Hills to the source of the ancient source of sacred bluestones used at Stonehenge
- Visit standing stones and stone circles at Pentre Ifan and Gors Fawr and Celtic crosses at Nevern and St Davids
- Visit Holy wells and Bronze Age hillforts and visit a living reconstructed hill fort
- Stay full board in a fishing village cottage (or nearby hotel if Covid restrictions still apply).
We go in search of the source of sacred bluestones that were carried over 160 kms/100 miles to Stonehenge. Our expert guide takes us to the sites of ancient hill forts, stone circles, Neolithic standing stones, holy wells and early Celtic Christian crosses. We look for the evidence of the local peoples mentioned by the Roman historian Ptolemy. We visit a reconstructed Iron Age hill fort and the smallest city in Britain – St Davids.
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Day 01: Arrive
Thursday afternoon arrival with short walk (3 kms/2 miles) to the Tor above Wolf’s Castle with sweeping views across Pembrokeshire.
Day 02: To the Source of the Stonehenge Bluestones
Today (Friday) we drive to the heart of the Presili Hills and walk in search of the bluestones that were taken to become the centrepiece of Stonehenge in Wiltshire some 5000 years ago. We discover stone circles, neolithic bluestone quarries and a Bronze Age hillfort in this ancient sacred landscape. We finish the day with a visit to the Gors Fawr stone circle where the brave pilgrim can sit on the mysterious magnetic ‘dreaming stone.’ (16 kms/10 miles).
Day 03: Sacred Standing Stones and Living Iron Age Village
We start the day with a visit to Pentre Ifan – the “finest Neolithic tomb in Wales” – before walking to Castell Henllys, a reconstructed Iron Age village. We then walk along to River Nevern to the famous tenth century Celtic cross ans weeping yews in the churchyard of St Brynach’s named after the sixth century Celtic saint. (Circular walk of 16 kms/10 miles).
Day 04: Legacy of the Tribes / Depart
Our last day (Sunday) includes a morning walk around the ancient Dewisland peninsula near St Davids to the summit of Carn Llidi, where legend has it that St Patrick was given his mission to Ireland by an angel. Ptolemy, the Roman historian wrote about the ancient Celtic tribes that lived here. Before returning home in the afternoon we have time for a visit to St Davids, the smallest city in Britain (8 kms/5 miles).
Return home Sunday afternoon
Iain Tweedale, a local guide with expert knowledge of the area will be with the group throughout
Transport to and from Haverfordwest and to the start and finish points of each day’s walk
Overnight accommodation in a shared stone cottage, or if Covid restrictions prevent this, in a local hotel. All bedding and towels provided
Full board apart from casual refreshments
Casual refreshments, drinks and tips
Travel Insurance (please take out your own travel insurance policy)
Travel to/from Haverfordwest for start/end of trip.