Gwbert is a small cliff top coastal hamlet overhanging the broad mouth of the Teifi river and Cardigan Bay. It looks across to Pembrokeshire, the curved sweep of Poppit Sands and the sea breaking over the infamous Cardigan sand bar, the site and cause of many wrecks during the years that Cardigan built and sailed wooden ships down the river, across the Atlantic, and all over the world. It is known that Gwbert was the name of an early wandering saint who is said to have landed here and sheltered in a cave. Interestingly, along with saints Pedrog, Briog, Carannog and Meugana, he is honoured in churches not just here in Wales but also in Cornwall and Brittany. At Craig y Gwbert, on the seaward edge of the Cliff Hotel grounds, are the smooth grassy earth bank remains of an extremely well defended Iron age fort. It makes a superb place to enjoy dramatic sunsets surrounded as it is by wild rocks and sea on three sides.
Cardigan (2 miles)
This is the main town located next to Gwbert. Cardigan, West Wales, is an ancient market town on the River Teifi estuary, home of the first Welsh Eisteddfod and start of both the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path and Ceredigion Coast Path. The market town of Cardigan is an essential stop on your visit to Cardigan Bay. The slow pace of change in this part of Wales has helped preserve the 19th character and charm of this ancient town. The narrow streets, traditional shops, inns and eating places many with their original Georgian and Victorian fronts help create a unique visitor experience. It has a range of large Supermarkets and chain stores but also has a variety of independent shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants.
St Dogmaels (4 miles)
A small village across the bridge over the River Teifi from Cardigan Town Centre, next to Cardigan Castle. St Dogmael’s is a village and parish in Pembrokeshire, Wales, on the estuary of the River Teifi a short walk from Poppit Sands – one of many stunning beaches along the Cardigan Bay and Pembrokeshire Coast.
Aberporth (7 miles)
The former fishing village of Aberporth is a great place for a traditional family beach holiday with a beautiful Blue Flag beach. The picturesque village overlooks two sandy beaches and is one of Ceredigion’s favourite holiday destinations, proving popular with tourists throughout western Europe. Rock pools are exposed at low tides and the cliff top walks along the Ceredigion Coast offer extensive views as far as the Lleyn Peninsula. Bottlenose dolphins are seen frequently close to shore. In 2006 orcas and harbour porpoises have also been seen but such sightings are rare. Even rarer was a turtle seen in 2005. Sunfish and Basking sharks are often seen offshore in the summer. Aberporth is a popular recreational fishing village in the summer and is also popular with divers and boating people. It has two good beaches and has been awarded a blue flag for its beaches several years running due to the high water quality found in this area. There is a small high street with a local art gallery, there is also a series of small cafes and bars above the beaches – great for a chip buttie on the beach! You can also hire kayaks, canoes and paddle boards from one side of the beach.
Cilgerran (7 miles)
Cilgerran, once a small market town, now generally considered a rural village, roosts quietly above the dramatic, wooded Teifi Gorge that threads through the rolling farming landscape of North Pembrokeshire. Cilgerran offers the visitor an ideal base for walking, bird watching, canoeing, fishing, cycling and enjoying the arts and culture of nearby Cardigan town and Rhos y Gilwen Mansion, all supported by a pleasant village infrastructure of three pubs, a shop / post office located at the junction down to the River Teifi Car Park and coracle information centre, a restaurant, and a food takeaway. Cilgerran’s several remarkable attractions include the romantic and atmospheric Cilgerran Castle, once the object of much to-ing and fro-ing between warlike Welsh chieftains and invasive Norman overlords and from where Princess Nest and her daughter were snatched away by Owain of Powys in 1109. Now a delightful ruin high above the river and painted by Turner, the castle is free to enter and makes a most scenic picnic site.
Cenarth (11 miles)
Cenarath village lies on both sides of the Teifi River, the county boundary between Ceredigion and Carmarathenshire. Cenarth Falls lie upstream from the river bridge, which has circular holes built into it to enable water to flow through it. Near the village, at Cenarth Falls, the river Teifi emerges suddenly from a deep ravine over a ledge forming a maginificent waterfall when the river is in full spate and the pitcuresque spot is popular with tourists.Below the bridge you can see fishermen, sometimes in coracles, pitching their skills against salmon and sewin. The National Coracle Centre with examples from around the world including Tibet and Iraq. Near the bridge there is a holy well, dedicated to 7th century St Ludoc, and there is a standing stone in the church yard of nearby St Llawddog. Cenarth born Eluned Phillips, the first woman to win the Crown at the National Eisteddfod (not once, but twice) knew the writer Dylan Thomas, the artist Augustus John, and the singer Edith Piaf.
Llangrannog (15 miles)
Llangrannog (or Llangranog) is a small, coastal village and seaside resort in Ceredigion West Wales, between Aberporth and New Quay. The earliest parts of the village (the “church village”) lie above the waterfall hidden by a twist of the valley from view from the sea. This protected them from the attention of sea marauders, the Vikings and the Irish. After the mid-eighteenth century the sea became safer and ‘Llangrannog beach village’ and small seaport developed. By the Llangrannog beach there is a shop, two pubs The Ship; and the Pentre arms, and The Patio Café, which serves delicious home made ice-creams, and if you are walking on a cold day, why not treat yourself to the excellent fish chowder.
Newcastle Emlyn (15 miles)
The town of Newcastle Emlyn offers a variety of shops, cafes, restaurants & excellent pubs. There is also an excellent Indian Restaurant and Greek Restaurant.
Newport (17 miles)
The small town of Newport Pembrokeshire is set at the mouth of the river Nefern and below the Preseli hills. The beach at Newport runs below the Parrog and under the boat club – the perfect location to watch the sunset. From the public carpark above the beach, a footpath leads inland alongside the river, up to the bridge. This is a great spot for watching a variety of sea and wading birds. Crossing the bridge and walking along the opposite shore brings you to Newport golf club and a long sandy beach. The town itself has a range of cafes, pubs and restaurants and a small supermarket and excellent whole food shop for picnics and self-catering. Historically shipbuilding took place here, but Newport became a popular coastal holiday destination via the train from Cardiff and Swansea, which used to run regularly to Fishguard. Newport can be reached along the coast path from Cardigan, but it is a very long days walk, better to walk from Ceibwr or Moylegrove. A lovely coast walk can be done from Newport, around Dinas head, and back. Along the way you will come across some of the quietest beaches in Pembrokeshire.
New Quay (22 miles)
New Quay is a picturesque seaside town on the Cardigan Bay coast of West Wales. Its golden sandy beaches and sheltered harbour make New Quay a delight to visit at any time of year. New Quay was once a flourishing shipbuilding centre and fishing port. The miles of secluded coves around New Quay provided ideal hiding places in the less salubrious but probably more profitable trade of smuggling spirits and tobacco. Today the small local fishing and pleasure craft still come and go in the sheltered bay. New Quay’s beaches extend in a golden arc around the bay and are ideal for relaxing and strolling by the sea. Enjoy a walk along the front to the end of the Quay and watch the boats sail by. Or sit in one of the cafes overlooking the harbour and see the dolphins. The Bottlenose Dolphins are regularly seen swimming and diving as they follow the shoals of mackerel into the bay. For a great view of these beautiful creatures stand at the end of the Quay, Even better take one of the wildlife spotting boat trips, that depart regularly from the harbour, to explore the full delights of the Cardigan Bay Marine Heritage Coast.