7 Things to do whilst staying in Cardigan Bay

Published: Thursday 6th Dec 2018

Written by: Kate Pierce

There’s nothing better than getting away from it all on a short break, when home is only a few hours away… that is the beauty of Cardigan Bay for me.

I live in mid Wales, so to get over to West Wales is an easy drive through Machynlleth and Aberystwyth to the glorious coast road which leads you through Aberaeron right to the very small and very pretty villages of Aberporth, Tresaith and Llangrannog. And what’s better, even the children and the dog enjoy a break in Cardigan Bay, so you won’t get any complaints beforehand – winner!

Here’s a small list of things we all like to do as a family whilst in Cardigan Bay:

  1. A good old walk along the many miles of coastal path is a must. A particular favourite of ours is the path from Cwm yr Eglwys around the headland of Pen Dinas. Quite an easy walk but with absolutely stunning views of Cardigan Bay towards Fishguard, the path finishes at the Old Sailors pub, where you can enjoy a well-deserved pint of local ale. Formerly called the ‘Sailors Safety’, it supposedly dates from 1593, the name referring to the light it once kept burning as a guide to ships. It was even visited by Dylan Thomas on several occasions! Either way, it is a true beacon to walkers on a rainy day, where a warm welcome can be found.
  2. A walk down to the National Trust beach of Penbryn, take the footpath which leads you through coppiced woodlands, all interspersed with flecks of bright green ferns and moss. It’s quite possibly full of fairies and sprites (should you have children young enough to believe!). Penbryn is a long sandy beach, great for the kids and dogs also. Walk down to the far end with cliffs and small caves to explore – a great way to spend an afternoon!
  3. After a few hours on Penbryn beach you’ll be wanting a nice cup of tea and slice of cake – well lucky for you, in the car park is the lovely little Plwmp Tart Café! Always busy but with plenty of seating inside and out. Oh and don’t think you’ll get away without buying ice-cream for the children.
  4. Drive a few miles inland to the small town of Cardigan where you’ll find the brilliant Pizza Tipi! Sit around large tables with huge roaring fires under tipis while you tuck into Woodfired handmade pizza, all overlooking the river Teifi. An absolute must.
  5. Visit the town of Llangrannog – a small and very pretty fishing village tucked into the coves of West Wales. As the tide goes out you can walk from the village to the next beach and feel as if you have discovered a new stretch of coast...
  6. The fireworks display at Llangrannog is NOT to be missed if visiting during Autumn, the display lasts for as long as the amount raised by the villagers over the year, a fantastic show!
  7. A spot of Dolphin spotting at The Ship in Tresaith. Not only is Tresaith very pretty with a lovely beach for a paddle or bit of body boarding, during the summer you can often spot dolphins and seals. Pop into The Ship for a light lunch with fabulous far reaching view, you can even add to the chalkboard which watery wildlife you might have spotted!

I cannot recommend Cardigan Bay highly enough for a way to get away from it all and enjoy some good old fashioned family time.

See you there!

Kate Pierce



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