"Cilgerran, Pembrokeshire" Cilgerran by ranger49
Cilgerran Travel Guide: 10 reviews and 43 photos
In the UK ?
Yes, but more precisely in Wales, in the County of Pembrokeshire, very close to the border with Cardiganshire.
It is an historic village located high above the Gorge in the beautiful Teifi Valley, close to the estuary, Poppitt Sands and the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path National Park.
The Normans arrived around 1100 to be met by the Welsh Princes who entered into battle with the invaders. The castle that can be seen today was rebuilt by the Normans at the beginning of the 13thC.
Have you ever wondered why so many rural pubs and inns are called the Drovers' Arms?
In later times drovers passed through here as they herded cattle, sheep, horses and ponies hundreds of miles across country, to markets and fairs for sale. On the way they chose to take their breaks at inns with pastures and water where the animals could also rest...so in time these overnight stops were known as the Drovers' Arms.
Cilgerran was the site of three of thes annual fairs - Horses , Cattle and a Hiring Fair - a kind of crude Labour Exchange where agricultural labourers hoped to get work for the year ahead.
The existence of slate in the gorge resulted for many centuries in small scale quarry workings. The exceptionally good quality of the slate and its unusual colour made it a popular building material and a major industry developed in the 19th century until the outbreak of WW1. After the war quarrying resumed but not for long - by the 1930s the three main quarries closed down.
The natural beauty of the area and endless possibilities for outdoor activities and recreation make this unspoiled, unpretentious Welsh village a good holiday destination.
There are plenty of things to do in addition to sand and sea based activities.
Castles and an iron age village, craft workshops and studios to explore all within a very short distance.
Walking, fishing, coasteering. climbing, boating. Small towns and villages and St Davids -the smallest City with its great cathedral and Bishop's Palace.
This cafe/restaurant lis ocated on the third and top floor of the Wales Wildlife and Nature Reserve visitor centre .... more travel advice
This is a long distance walk of 67 miles. We have only had small/medium sized bites of it with second helpings of some,... more travel advice
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