Ceredigion is home to miles and miles of spectacular unspoilt coastline and award-winning beaches. From stretches of golden sands to rocky coves, there's an array of beaches to discover, each with a charm of its own.
Ceredigion is rich in wildlife and any beach you choose will be a fantastic spot to base your discovery of our most enchanting local residents. Spot dolphins in Cardigan Bay and seals along the rocks.
Tresaith beach is set in a sheltered sandy bay just north of Aberporth. It is accessed by a steep hill down through the village passed the Ship Inn. Tresaith is a lovely beach which is perfect for a walk in both summer and winter and is popular with watersports mainly sailing and good surf can be had at times.
Dolwen is a beautiful sandy beach popular with families because of the fun to be had in the rockpools which come with low tide. This beach is bustling in warmer months with locls and holidaymakers setting up for a day of sea, sandcastles and ice cream. What’s more is that there’s a chip shop and a pub just across the road for when the day is coming to an end but the relaxation just keeps giving!
Mwnt is a stunning location just a few miles north of Cardigan famous for its hidden cove and little whitewashed church nestled beneath the hill.This beach is popular with families, walkers and dolphin-spotters. Mwnt is one of the best places to see dolphins in Ceredigion, swimming, leaping and dancing in the open waters. The Ceredigion Coast Path runs through Mwnt so walkers can marvel at the spectacular coastline as they head in from either direction.
National Trust owned Penbryn Beach is one of the most unspoilt beaches in Ceredigion. You can access it from the National Trust car park down a steep hill of around 400 yards or make your way through the wooded valley with a small waterfall and steep climbs. Walkers can arrive in Penbryn along the Ceredigion Coast Path either from Tresaith if heading north or from Llangrannog if heading south. There is a café in the car park which serves food during the summer months.
Dyffryn beach is one of 2 sandy beaches in Aberporth and is dog friendly year-round. You can reach it via a slipway, a steep path from one side of the village and it can be accessed by steps from the village green. During warmr months, a op-up barbeque operates on the beach in th evenings aking it the perfect spot to relax and watch for dolphins.
Shallow waters make Borth Beach a popular choice for families with young children as it's perfect for swimming, surfing and other watersports. Out of season, it makes a great location for dog walking. An ancient submerged forest relating to the legend of Cantre'r Gwaelod can be found at low tide at certain times of the year. When the tide retreats enough, Pine, Oak, Birch and Willow stumps can be seen as well as 150 yards of deep clean sand extending for over 3 miles towards Ynyslas.
NEW QUAY BEACH
New Quay is a bustling seaside resort on Cardigan Bay. The Harbour Beach is the most popular beach in the village and is packed full of locals and holidaymakers in warmer months. This is a fantastic spot for wildlife spotting, especially bottlenose dolphins. Boat trips to see spot wildlife are available from the harbour as well as fishing trips. There are cafés, fish and chip shops, pubs and restaurants near the beach and a shop serving delicious ice cream.
The sand dunes at Ynyslas can be found slightly north of Borth and reaches to parts of the Dyfi Nature Reserve where you will discover many rare plants and animals. Parking is on the sand, near the visitor centre where you can join a boardwalk through the dunes and reach 3 miles of golden sandy beach. This irea is a popular spot amongst walkers, windsurfers and is ideal for an afternoon picnic.
Once used as a traditional smugglers' hideaway for French brandy and precious salts, Cwmtydu is now a favourite location for seals. West Wales is home to an estimated 5000 grey seals and although they spend 80% of their time submerged, you can often spot them basking on the rocks and beach. Parking is directly in front of the beach.
During low tide, Cilborth beach can be reached from Llangrannog beach. If your timing is out, it is possible to take the Ceredigion Coast Path via steps which are cut into the cliffside. The beach is famous for its rock formation, Carreg Bica which is part of a famous Welsh legend which states that the rock is a tooth of a giant which was ripped out and tossed to the ground.
Llangrannog beach is set in a stunning location along the Ceredigion coast with good water quality, ideal for swimming. It is popular with families and surfers and the village is an excellent place to relax with pubs and cafés overlooking the beach. Dolphins are frequently spotted during warmer months and can also be seen out of season. Some of West Wales' most stunning scenery can be seen from the Ceredigion Coast Path in the area.
This sheltered sand and shingle beach is popular amoingst watersports enthusiats, walkers and bathers. It has superb views and you might even spot a seal or bottlenose dolphin in the waves. You can walk toAberystwyth from the south end of the beach via a breathtaking scenic cliff-top walk over Constitution Hill. A longer and flatter route passes through a nature reserve and is just as beautiful.