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Out and About in the New Quay area - click on the graphics to go to each page
  Local Beaches

Photos of all the local beaches from Poppit Sands 23 miles to the south and as far as Llanrhystud, 15 miles to the north- including two beaches that can only be accessed by footpath. Click on the photo for more information.


Just a few miles north of New Quay is an attractive  Georgian town planned by Alban Thomas Jones Gwynne by Act of Parliament in  1807.During the ensuing decades, the town as we know it today took shape around the harbour and what was once a small fishing village gradually grew into one of the major trading ports along the Cardigan Bay coast. 

The structure of the town, earned the town the reputation of being "one of the best examples of a planned township of small scale in Wales". Many of the houses surrounding the harbour were owned by the local sea-captains and many are named after those far flung destinations.


Llanerchaeron is a small 18th century National Trust Welsh gentry estate which has survived virtually unaltered. The house was built by John Nash in 1795. Consisting of the house, servant's quarters, stables, farm buildings and walled garden, The estate  has remained in the same family for ten generations. Click on the photo for more information. Open to the public and just a short drive from New Quay (8.3 miles).


Just eight miles to the south of New Quay, Llangrannog is a picturesque and unspoilt  holiday resort with a well protected beach,  cafes, pubs and a cluster of seaside cottages facing Cardigan Bay. Click on the photo for more information.


Cenarth on the Teifi

Cenarth is a charming little community straddling the river Teifi between Cardigan and Newcastle Emlyn. Here, the River Teifi has made its way through the hard rocks to produce a spectacular series of waterfalls. There has been a Mill at Cenarth at least since the 13th century when Cenarth Mill came into the possession of Edward I when he became Lord of the Manor of Cenarth. Click on the photo for more information.

  Cors Caron

Tregaron Bog is one of the few remaining examples of a raised peat bog in Britain. Lying beside the river Teifi just above the small market town of Tregaron on the edge of the Cambrian Mountains, there is now an excellent walk through the heart of the Bog on a timber decked walkway. Click on the photo for more information.




Cardigan, on the estuary of the River Teifi is a very special place to visit for holidays and enjoy. Its unspoilt townscape and rich heritage provide a nostalgic backdrop to a thriving contemporary culture of the arts, festivals and events. The County Council acquired Cardigan Castle and Castle Green House to begin a community-based approach to the regeneration of Cardigan.

It is generally accepted that Cardigan Castle was the site of the first Eisteddfod in Wales. Having successfully captured the site in 1165, Rhys ap Gruffydd began the building of a stone castle in 1171. New page on Cardigan coming soon.

  Cilgerran Castle

Cilgerran Castle  is just to the east of Cardigan. There is canoeing in the Gorge below. Cilgerran Castle stands on a precipitous, craggy promontory overlooking the river Teifi. The Teifi here is just at its tidal limit, so the castle was able to control both a natural crossing point and the passage of seagoing ships. We cannot be sure when this strong site was first fortified. It may be the same time as a Norman castle called 'Cenarth Bychan' . Cilgerran is first mentioned by name in 1164, when the Lord Rhys captured the castle. New page on Cilgerran Castle coming soon

St Dogmaels and Poppit Sands

St Dogmaels lies on the southern bank of the estuary of the river Teifi, just down river from Cardigan. The village is built around the remains of a twelfth century abbey and has one of Wales' very few working water powered mills.

Just down the road, where the Teifi enters the Irish sea is the expanse of Poppit Sands, where there is also a cafe and a lifeboat station. New page coming soon.


Devil's Bridge 

Devil's Bridge is named after a local legend from medieval times. The first bridge was built in the 11th century and the 2 more modern bridges built above it. There is a pay turnstile to view the bridges and the river gorge below it, and another on the other side of the road to walk the trail down the valley and back to view the falls.

The long trail is quite strenuous and not suitable for those who don't like long steep tracks. The scenery around Devil's Bridge is quite spectacular and the mountains in this area were the location of an important lead and silver mining operation in the 18th and 19th centuries.

  Silver Mining in Ceredigion

Mention the words 'mining in Wales' to most people and they will immediately think of the South Wales Coalfields and almost certainly not of Cardiganshire - now known as Ceredigion. Yet in the nineteenth century Cardiganshire was a very important source of lead and silver and a major employer in Mid / West Wales while today, the mines are almost all abandoned and the buildings partially destroyed, but there is much to see. Click on the photo for more information.

Pentre Ifan

One of the  most popular archaeological sites in Wales, Pentre Ifan is a splendid megalithic burial chamber with a huge capstone carefuly balanced on three uprights. Pentre Ifan means Ivan's Village, although it has been known as 'Arthurs' Quoit'. Pentre Ifan dates back to  3500 BC and  stands on  a ridge above the Nevern Valley near Newport in Pembrokeshire. The  capstone weighs over 16 tons and  is 16ft 6in  long and 8ft off the ground. 

Pentre Ifan is easily accessed from a minor road over a good footpath.

Strata Florida near Tregaron

Strata Florida Abbey is a former Cistercian abbey (Cadw) situated just outside Pontrhydfendigaid, near Tregaron. The abbey was originally founded in 1164. It is open to the public throughout the year, There is a charge in the summer months and a small visitor centre. Click on the photo for more information.


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