Once a smugglers cove Cwmtydu lies to the south west of New Quay. The Beach is predominantly shingle with an area of sand exposed at low tides. The cove is relatively safe, with due care and respect, for various water sports including windsurfing, surfing, canoeing, and sailing. The beach is dog friendly all year round The area is well known locally for being a good place to spot dolphins and seals: but if they don’t make an appearance the setting sun will not disappoint you.
Boasting superb coastal scenery coupled with two sandy beaches; the main one and the adjoining Cilborth Beach, in a hidden cove. Llangrannog has always been popular with locals and visitors alike. Once you have traversed the lanes of the steep sided valley of the River Hawen access is good . There is a seafront car park and in the summer months there is additional parking 5 minutes walk from the main beach. The bay is safe, with attention to the care needed with any seaside activity. Dogs are allowed on part of the beach from May through September, but the rest of the family can have a really enjoyable day out at Llangrannog where there is a well-stocked beach shop, pubs, cafes and restaurants.
A day out at Penbryn needs to be planned but is well worth the extra effort involved. The car park and facilities are some 400 metres from the beach! There is a cafe near to the beach, The Plwmp Tart, serving locally sourced, seasonal fresh food and a great selection of homemade cakes. Sit on the terrace and enjoy a light lunch or a Welsh ice cream. There is a turning circle and dropping off point at the beach edge. Penbryn is owned by the National Trust, the beach is almost a mile in length, and is unspoilt; the fine, golden sand and shallow waters make it perfect for children. Discover the delights of the rock pools or enjoy the magnificient walks to be explored; there is a woodland walk from the car park to the beach or at low tide Tresaith can be reached. Please do not bring your dog. The immediate area is sympathetic to coastal and woodland birds and the sea is home to Dolphins Porpoise and Seals.
Tre-saith is named after the River Saith that cascades over the cliffs to Tresaith beach. The waterfall is an unusual coastal feature and that alone makes Tresaith a ‘must go’ place but there is much more to this small sheltered sandy bay. Popular with families for its clean golden sands and relatively safe bathing, water lovers can enjoy the sea, safe in the knowledge that there is a Life Guard on duty. Doggies are welcome on part of the beach. After a long lazy day on the beach ‘The Ship’ will serve you a glass of something cool while you watch the sun set spectacularly over Cardigan Bay
Here’s a place where you get the best of both worlds. A beach with a blue flag award and excellent water quality, and one to enjoy with your dog! Car Park, toilets and refreshments are all within easy reach of the beach. Aberporth attracts both bathers and sailors and their safety is assured by Life Guards. A favourite destination for a day out.
Another jewel in the treasure chest of the coastline of Cardigan Bay! Owned by the National Trust the headland of Mwnt overlooks a small and secluded sandy beach. Because of the nature of the terrain Mwnt is not easy to access. There is no avoiding a long steep slope to the beach including steps. There is a large car park, a refreshment kiosk and toilets. Apart from the delights of the beach there are short cliff top walks. A wealth of history including a fifteenth century church makes Mwnt a very special place indeed. This is reflected in it having Green Coast status. This allows the area to be recognised for its water quality without the need for inappropriate development that would spoil natural beauty and damage wildlife. Dogs welcome from October to April only.
Poppit is undoubtedly one of the most popular beaches in the area. It is a glorious stretch of sand backed by dunes. For all sorts of reasons it is loved by the numerous visitors that frequent it. Despite its popularity Poppit never seems crowded. Dogs are welcome to one side of the beach. The café is always busy and even in the cold dark days of winter you can often find it open. There is also an interesting little RNLI shop next to the main Life Boat station. Unpredictable tides and currents make Poppits’ seemingly simple stretch of coast quite dangerous at times. Fortunately there are excellent Life Guard facilities, warning flags fly and advice can be sort if needed. Poppit boasts a Blue Flag award.
Ceibwr is renowned for its unspoilt beauty. It is a secluded rocky cove and is truly breathtaking. The very small pebble and rock beach is completely covered at high tide. It is not good for bathing but it is the caves and cliff formations that people come to discover, whilst soaking in the tranquillity of the area. Grey Seals are often seen here, close to shore; in September and October this is a great place for spotting seal pups. There is also an abundance of coastal birds. Access roads need to be driven with care. There are no facilities and limited roadside parking. No restrictions on doggie visitors but please respect the local wildlife.
A flat sandy beach backed by dunes. It is easy to access. There is a good-sized car park and in the summer a refreshment kiosk. Dogs are allowed on the beach so if you bring your ‘best friend’ please be considerate of others and do the necessary! The beach is safe for bathing and water sports and is Life Guard patrolled from 10am to 6pm during July and August. Although, undoubtedly, very popular this beach rarely gets uncomfortably crowded.
Newport Parrog is separated from Newport Sands by the Estuary of the River Nevern. The Estuary itself is a favourite haunt of sea birds and waders. Look out for Herons at the Iron Bridge. Newport Parrog boasts a splendid Café / Restaurant, ‘Morawelon’. This area has a rich history of shipbuilding and it can be great fun discovering evidence of its past A great place for a coastal walk with or without the dog. The beach here is not really suitable for bathing because of its unpredictable currents. There are toilets and there is adequate parking at the Parrog.
Cardigan Bay is home to the only resident population of Bottlenose Dolphin in English and Welsh waters. There are boat trips running out of New Quay and Gwbert, near Cardigan...both are highly recommended and bookings is necessary. Trips provided by A Bay to Remember and Seamor where enjoyed by guests last year.
Epic Fishing Boat Trips from New Quay...whether you prefer deep sea fishing or mackeral fun, then these are the trips to do...perfect for families and children, all equipment provided on a safe, modern boat. With comfortable seating and a rain shelter
The Teifi, the longest river which is wholly in Wales, flows 75 miles from it's source in the Cambrian moutains to it's estuary at Cardigan. It is here, in the lower reaches of the river that the angler can expect to catch Salmon and Sea Trout, Sewin, fresh off the tide. www.teifitrout.co.uk for more information. The Pembrokeshire Anglers Association has 15 miles of prime salmon, trout and sea trout fishing on the Western Cleddau river, The Nevern Angling Association fishes the River Nevern which is a beautiful spate river in Nevern, Pembrokeshire. Meanwhile the beaches in West Wales are famous for the quality of Sea Bass they offer...Dale Beach, Whitesands and Poppit Sands being just a few of the many great locations.
There are numerous water activities to be found in the area...offering kayaking, windsurfing, paddleboarding, sailing, waterski or wakeboarding, coasteering...the options are endless. Adventure Beyond and Cardigan Bay Water Sports are but a couple of the companies offering these choices of adventure.
These stunning islands are located a few miles off the beautiful Pembrokeshire Coast. Managed by the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, these islands are home to a veriety of amazing wildlife including Puffins, Manx Shearwaters, Atlantic Grey Seals, Razorbills, Gannets and much much more...trips are operated by both Voyages of Discovery and Dale Sailing.
From the dunes of Ynyslas in the north to the historic market town of Cardigan in the south, the majestic sweep of Cardigan Bay affords the walker glimpses of dolphins and porpoise, seals and a host of marine birds. Explore the Ceredigion Heritage Coast with its picturesque seaside towns and villages and stunning beaches.
Walk part of the famous 186 mile Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail, from St Dogmaels to Amroth, enjoy some of the park's 40+ beaches, from sweeping golden sands to sheltered rocky coves or wander the wild Preseli Mountains. Visit castles, tombs and crosses, ancient hill forts, quarries and quays!
Outer Reef in Pembrokeshire offer a full range of surfing lessons and courses for all levels of ability...they also teach Stand Up Paddle Boarding - SUP. See the secret, untouched side of the Pembrokeshire National Park's coast from a unique perspective!
Bluestone National Park Resort...near Narbeth, Oakwood Theme Park...near Narbeth, Folly Farm...near Kilgetty, Treetops Adventure Trail and Heatherton World of Activities...near Tenby, Carew Karting...near Tenby are some of the many parks in the area.
There's something amazing to see in every season...the world's largest single-span glasshouse with exotic plants, a magnificent double walled garden, wildflower meadows and extensive parkland. Just off the M4/A48
A steam train from Aberystwyth to Devil's Bridge...stunning scenery from the coast to the Cambrian Mountains. Fully restored coal fired locomotives and vintage carriages which were built in the 1920's and 30's by The Great Western Railway.
A place of beauty and pilgrimage...from The Cathedral to The Bishops Palace, great beaches, cafes and restaurants, galleries and boat trips to the nearby islands. There is plenty to do for everyone!
Located in the heart of the beautiful Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve...discover the wonders of nature, exploring nature trails on foot or two wheels. The nature reserve is home to some of the most wonderful flora and fauna in the UK. View a Kingfisher from one of the many bird observation hides of witness otters playing in the Teifi. There is an Adventure playground, a willow maze and the wonderful Glasshouse Cafe.
Cardigan is an ancient market town, on the River Teifi estuary on the borders of both Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire and the starting point to both coastal paths. Cardigan has a selection of galleries, craft shops, restaurants and, of course, the Castle. The market town of Cardigan is an essential stop on your visit to Cardigan Bay.
The little coastal village of Newport is a highly attractive destintation. The town has an authentic butcher, fishmonger and deli along with a great choice of restaurants, pubs and cafes. It's easy to see why it's such a popular place to visit.
Aberaeron is a charming Georgian harbour town on the coast of West Wales. It is a bit of a foodie town, with quite a choice of restaurants, cafes and takeaways. Aberaeron has a good selection of independent, unique shops selling crafts, clothes, and great local produce, from the freshest of fish to cheeses straight from the dairy, local honey and ice creams.
Cardigan Castle overlooks the River Teifi in Cardigan. It is a grade I listed building, dating back to the late 11th century, though rebuilt in 1244. Castle Green House was built inside the castle walls in the late 1800s.
The castle is a ruin in the market town of Newcastle Emlyn, strategically located on a steep-sided promontory overlooking the River Teifi, it was most probably built by the Welsh Lord Maredudd ap Rhys in about 1240. The Castle was badly damaged in the Civil War when the walls were destroyed, the twin towered gatehouse is the most prominient feature. There is a well known local legend: The Last Dragon in Wales was slain in Newcastle Emlyn. A Giant Golden Dragon, (steel sculpture) now guards the Castle Gates, with a Dragon Wooden Chair in the Castle Grounds.
St Dogmaels Abbey is a 12th century ruined abbey, nestled next to the Teifi estuary in the coastal village of St Dogmaels, only a 5 minute drive from Cardigan and the sandy beach at Poppit Sands.
LLanerchaeron House is a grade I listed mansion on the River Aeron, designed and built in 1795 by John Nash, found 2 miles from Aberaeron and now in the care of The National Trust. Well worthy of a visit.
Pentre Ifan ia neolithic burial chamber built around 3500BC, it's Welsh name translates as Ivan's Village. It is only one of the 3 sites in Wales given official protection under the Ancient Monuments Act of 1882.
Travel back in time 2000 years to experience life in the Iron Age. Castell Henllys is the only Iron Age village in Britain, reconstructed on the exact site where our Celtic ancestors lived.
Dinefwr is a Welsh castle overlooking the River Tywi, near the town of Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire. It lies on a ridge on the northern bank of the Tywi, with a steep drop of 100 hundred feet down to the river. Dinefwr was the chief seat of the Kingdom of Deheubarth.
Kidwelly Castle is a mighty and imposing monument of Norman power in Carmarthenshire. It is also a beautiful example of castle development, as the castle was dramatically altered on a number of occasions to conform to the latest thinking in military science.