Beach Guide

Aberaeron

North Beach

This stretch of rocky beach, backed by a coastal path lies about half a mile north of Aberaeron harbour. There are views along the Ceredigion coastline and out towards the Irish Sea. The beach is used by walkers, sailing enthusiasts and fishermen. It can also be a good place for birdwatching.
The town of Aberaeron has some beautiful Regency-era buildings and plenty of craft shops and good places to eat. The local honey is well worth a try, as is the honey ice-cream. Each year the town hosts a seafood festival.
There are a number of car parks in the town, including one just south-west of the harbour, by the yacht club and another at the end of Lower Regent Street right next to the shoreline.

South Beach

The beach south of the harbour in this pleasant little town is the best. A series of groynes run the length of the beach between which are pebbles.
The town of Aberaeron is right next to the beach and has all the facilities as well as a handful of galleries and cafes.

Aberystwyth

Tan Y Bwlch

Tanybwlch Beach lies close to the town of Aberystwyth and has views over the towering Pen Dinas which is the site of a hill fort that dates from the Iron Age. Pen Dinas is home to a memorial in the form of an upturned cannon which marks the victory of Wellington in the Battle of Waterloo from 1815.
The area which includes Pen Dinas and Tanybwlch were designated as a nature reserve in 1999. It is well worth the climb to the summit of the fort to get an aerial view of the beach as well as vistas that stretch out over the sea.
The beach itself is made up largely of coarse sand and shingle. Located just to the south of the wider Aberystwyth Harbour, Tanybwlch lies across the River Ystwyth with its picturesque valley beyond.
Dogs are allowed on the beach all year round and although you can enjoy bracing walks here swimming is not recommended as the seas can be rough. You can however enjoy exploring the rock pools and the stunning scenery.

North Beach

Aberystwyth North Beach is livelier than the South Beach being slightly more accessible from the town. The beach fronts the town of Aberystwyth and you will find a promenade here that stretches for over a mile, skirting close to the sand. Favourite activities on the promenade include rollerblading, jogging, or just going for a stroll, especially when the weather is warm.
The beach is covered in dark sand and shingle and is a regular Blue Flag and Seaside Award winner. It is also the ideal place to come if you are looking for old fashioned seaside delights such as donkey rides, promenading, sandcastles and ice cream. There is even a pier from the Victorian era as well as an Edwardian bandstand.
Aberystwyth North Beach is a popular family beach. In the summer months you will also find lifeguards patrolling the beach so you can swim with peace of mind. In addition the promenade has a range of attractions for children such as a paddling pool and eateries. At the north end of the promenade you will find Constitution Hill which has a scenic cliff railway.
When the weather is fine you can take in vistas across from Aberystwyth North Beach towards the pretty Llyn Peninsular and majestic Snowdonia.

South Beach

Aberystwyth’s sand and shingle South Beach is known for being quieter than the North Beach lying between the main harbour and Aberystwyth castle.
During the summer months you will find lifeguards patrolling the beach which means that families can swim here with peace of mind. The southern end of the beach is a popular spot for those who like surfing and body boarding as the waves here tend to be slightly larger.
If you are lucky when you visit Aberystwyth South Beach, you may see one of the resident porpoises, especially during warmer weather. As well as the flora and fauna found here, the beach has some gorgeous views that stretch all the way along the coast.
In the summer months there are boat trips which leave from the neighbouring Aberystwyth Harbour. These pass by the beach and out into Cardigan Bay in search of lobster, scallops, mackerel, and crab.

Clarach Bay

Clarach Bay is a sheltered sand and shingle beach about one mile north of Aberystwyth. The natural cove is flanked by steep cliffs and is backed by a holiday village and caravan park. The clean beach is used by bathers, watersport enthusiasts and walkers. There are lovely views of the bay and there is a possibility of spotting seals, porpoises or dolphins out in the surf.
The south side of the beach is the side closest to Aberystwyth, and it is possible to walk from here to the town via a scenic cliff-top walk, over Constitution Hill. This route offers stunning views over Ceredigion Bay. Alternatively, a longer inland footpath can be taken, via Llangorwen. This route, which passes through a nature reserve, is longer, but just as beautiful.
There is a car park, toilets and a small shop by the beach. Nearby Aberystwyth has the ruins of a 13th century castle, as well as plenty of shops and places to eat and drink.

Cardigan

Cwmtydu Beach

Once a smugglers cove Cwmtydu lies to the south west of New Quay. The Beach is predominantly shingle with an area of sand exposed at low tides. The cove is relatively safe, with due care and respect, for various water sports including windsurfing, surfing, canoeing, and sailing. The beach is dog friendly all year round The area is well known locally for being a good place to spot dolphins and seals: but if they don’t make an appearance the setting sun will not disappoint you.

Llangrannog Beach

Boasting superb coastal scenery coupled with two sandy beaches; the main one and the adjoining Cilborth Beach in a hidden cove. Llangrannog has always been popular with locals and visitors alike. Once you have traversed the lanes of the steep sided valley of the River Hawen access is good . There is a seafront car park and in the summer months there is additional parking 5 minutes walk from the main beach. The bay is safe with attention to the care needed with any seaside activity. Dogs are allowed on part of the beach from May through September but the rest of the family can have a really enjoyable day out at Llangrannog where there is a well-stocked beach shop and café.

Aberporth Beach

Here’s a place where you get the best of both worlds. A beach with a blue flag award and excellent water quality, and one to enjoy with your dog! Car Park, toilets and refreshments are all within easy reach of the beach. Aberporth attracts both bathers and sailors and their safety is assured by Life Guards. A favourite destination for a day out.

Mwnt Beach

Another jewel in the treasure chest of the coastline of the Cardigan Bay area! Owned by the National Trust the headland of Mwnt overlooks a small and secluded sandy beach. Because of the nature of the terrain Mwnt is not easy to access. There is no avoiding a long steep slope to the beach including steps. There is a large car park, a refreshment kiosk and toilets. Apart from the delights of the beach there are short cliff top walks. A wealth of history including a fifteenth century church makes Mwnt a very special place indeed. This is reflected in it having Green Coast status. This allows the area to be recognised for its water quality without the need for inappropriate development that would spoil natural beauty and damage wildlife. Dogs welcome from October to April only.

Penbryn Beach

A day out at Penbryn needs to be planned but is well worth the extra effort involved. The car park and facilities are some 400 metres from the beach! But there is a turning circle and dropping off point at the beach edge. Penbryn is owned by the National Trust The beach, almost a mile in length, is unspoilt and the fine golden sand and shallow waters make it perfect for children Discover the delights of the rock pools or there is fine walking to be had; there is a woodland walk from the car park to the beach or at low tide Tresaith can be reached. Please do not bring your dog. The immediate area is sympathetic to coastal and woodland birds and the sea is home to Dolphins Porpoise and Seals.

Tresaith Beach

Tre-saith is named after the River Saith that cascades over the cliffs to Tresaith beach. The waterfall is an unusual coastal feature and that alone makes Tresaith a ‘must go’ place but there is much more to this small sheltered sandy bay. Popular with families for its clean golden sands and relatively safe bathing, water lovers can enjoy the sea safe in the knowledge that there is a Life Guard on duty. Doggies welcome on part of the beach. After a long lazy day on the beach ‘The Ship’ will serve you a glass of something cool while you watch the sun set spectacularly over Cardigan Bay.

Poppit Sands

Poppit is undoubtedly one of the most popular beaches in the area. It is a glorious stretch of sand backed by dunes. For all sorts of reasons it is loved by the numerous visitors that frequent it. Despite its popularity Poppit never seems crowded. Dogs welcome to one side of the beach. The café is always busy and even in the cold dark days of winter you can often find it open. There is also an interesting little RNLI shop next to the main Life Boat station. Unpredictable tides and currents make Poppits’ seemingly simple stretch of coast quite dangerous at times. Fortunately there are excellent Life Guard facilities, warning flags fly and advice can be sort if needed. Poppit boasts a Blue Flag award.

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