Beaches of Cardigan Bay

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New Quay Harbour beach

Beaches on Cardigan Bay, West Wales

The beaches are shown in geographical order from Cardigan to Aberystwyth

Poppit sands


Poppit Sands

Poppit Sands is a very wide sandy beach at the estuary of the River Teifi near Cardigan in Wales. It is close to St Dogmaels and the northern end of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path starts there. The area is a gathering spot for surfers and kite flying. The seasonal Poppit Rocket bus calls at Poppit Sands.

There is a lifeboat station at Poppit, and a large public car park with a cafe.







Mwnt is a National Trust beach. There is a large pay and display car park above the beach and a shop and toilets partway down the path leading to the beach. The Cardi Bach bus service calls at Mwnt in the summer twice daily. The picturesque Church of the Holy Cross (Welsh: Eglwys y Grog) sits in the meadow above the beach.







There are two beaches at Aberporth with a small public car park on the rocky area between them.

In the 16th century, Aberporth was a subsidiary landing point for the port of Cardigan. Boats, nets and salt for preserving were brought in from Ireland.






Tresaith is a wide sandy beach with a shop and a Restaurant close by. Part of the beach is pet friendly. There is limited public parking. The Cardi Bach bus service calls at Tresaith in the summer twice daily.

Legend relates that seven princesses from Ireland landed here, fell in love with the sons of seven local Welsh families, married and settled down. This is why the settlement is called Tresaith (Welsh 'the Town of Seven').






Penbryn Beach, between Llangrannog and Tresaith is owned by the National Trust and was used for location filming for the James Bond film Die Another Day.

There is a car park and small shop and cafe a few minutes walk from the beach. The Cardi Bach bus service calls at Penbryn in the summer twice daily.





Llangrannog lies in the narrow valley of the little River Hawen, which falls as a waterfall near the middle of the village. By the beach there is a shop, two pubs The Ship and the Pentre Arms and two cafes. There is parking by the beach - in a pay car park and on the road. Overflow parking in the summer is in a field up the hill behind Llangrannog. The Cardi Bach bus service calls at Llangrannog in the summer twice daily.

Part of the beach is dog friendly.





Cwmtydu Beach

There is free parking above the beach, and a cafe just up the road. The Cardi Bach bus service calls at Cwmtydu in the summer twice daily.

There is a well preserved lime kiln just above the beach.





Castell Bach


Castell Bach

This interesting beach is on the coastal path. There are the remains of an iron age fort on the flat section beyond the beach. There are also some spectacular folds in the mudstone rock here. It is believed that the 'island' was a part of the iron age fort, but that it has been separated by erosion from the sea since that time.

Seals are often seen in such secluded coves along the Ceredigion coast.


Traeth Soden



The 'Secret' Beach - Traeth Soden
This beach on the Coastal Path can also be reached by footpath from Nanternis. It lies at the mouth of the little river Soden. This valley is an important site for the endangered Pearl Bordered Fritillary butterfly, which thrives on the dog violets that grow on the slopes.



Dolau beach, New Quay


Dolau Beach, New Quay

Just to the south of the pier, Dolau beach lies below the main car park. and close to the southern terraces of Rock Street, Marine Terrace and Lewis Terrace. Fish and Chips on the pier or on Dolau beach is a local favourite not to be missed by visitors.




New Quay Harbour beach



New Quay Harbour Beach

Lying between the two piers at New Quay, the Harbour beach is the area's most popular beach in the summer as it within close walking distance of the centre of New Quay where there are many self catering cottages and Guest Houses.

Click on the links at the top of this page for a comprehensive selection of accommodation in New Quay and the local area.



Traethgwyn beach



Traethgwyn, New Quay

Traethgwyn - pet friendly beach extends from Llanina Point to the New Quay lifeboat station and is a wide sandy beach at low tide. Public access is from New Quay by walking along the beach from the lifeboat station, however care must be taken as people can be stranded on the rocks by the incoming tide.

Access is also via the Quay West Caravan Park, or from the footpath beside Llanina Mansion. There is free public parking here in the grounds of the ruined mill.


Cei Bach beach


Cei Bach

Cei Bach (Little Bay) is just to the north of Traethgwyn at New Quay and separated by that beach by the rocky promontory of Llanina point. In the last century, there was a church on the point that was washed away by the sea. There is limited on-road parking above the beach. Cei Bach is pet friendly all year.




Llanrhystud beach



Llanrhystud is a small seaside village on the A487 , nine miles south of Aberystwyth. It is named after the early Christian Welsh saint Rhystud. There is a narrow road opposite the filling station that leads through farmland to the car park above this pet friendly beach. The beach is a narrow shingle bank at high tide, but becomes wide and sandy at low tide.

To the south of the beach are several lime kilns - some of the best examples in the county.