This beach has been voted the best in Wales by you / Dywedoch chi mai traeth Aberporth yw’r gorau yng Nghymru
The surprise winner has been crowned the nation’s favourite in WalesOnline’s Special Places 2016 campaign.
Aberporth beach, a compact crescent of golden sand nestled on the Ceredigion coast, has beaten the likes of Barafundle Bay in Pembrokeshire and Three Cliffs Bay in Swansea to win the Best Beaches category of Special Places 2016
(Walesonline 1 August 2016)
Aberporth is a delightful coastal village situated 5 miles to the north of Cardigan. There has been little in the way of major change or development in the village over the years and it is very much a family resort in summer and a popular base for touring and walking all year. The village is centered around two small sandy beaches separated by a rocky promontory. Aberporth is one of the 5 beaches in Ceredigion to receive the Blue Flag Award 2016. The village has two pubs that do food, cafés, a Chinese takeaway, a post office, launderette, small supermarket and pharmacy.
See the following links for more information about the village and the area / Dilynwch y dolennau hyn i gael mwy o wybodaeth am y pentref a’r ardal:
Ceredigion is a coastal county extending from just south of Cardigan to Aberystwyth and beyond to the north, and inland as far as the dramatic Cambrian Mountains. It is Wales’s best kept secret – it’s attractions may not be as well-known as those in some other counties, but it is nonetheless a region with a wonderful countryside and coastline. The Teifi Valley flows through the county rising near the historic abbey of Strata Florida. It flows through Tregaron then curves westwards through Lampeter, Newcastle Emlyn and out to sea at Cardigan. This beautiful valley wends its way through a variety of land formations from the peat bogs near Tregaron, to the waterfalls at Llandysul, Henllan and Cenarth and a gorge at Cilgerran, before flowing out to sea at the vast Poppit Sands beach west of St. Dogmaels. All of these places are accessible by road and can be easily visited and enjoyed. Aberporth is an ideal base for visiting the county and all its attractions.
Ceredigion is essentially a strong farming county, where Welsh is the predominant farming language. Visit the marts in Cardigan, Newcastle Emlyn, Llanybydder for a taste of life in the farming community – information on mart days are available on the Ceredigion website . Llanybydder is also known for its horse fair, held on the last Thursday of every month. The county is steeped in tradition and history – pirates thrived here well into the 19th century using the little coves to land their clandestine booty!
Within a short distance from Aberporth, you can visit more beautiful beaches at Mwnt, Tresaith, Penbryn, Cwmtudu, New Quay and Llangrannog. The coastal road around Aberporth is particularly beautiful offering spectacular views of the sea and winding roads through tranquil wooded valleys full of bluebells in spring.
Walking / Cerdded
There are plenty of walks of all lengths and levels of difficulty in the surrounding area, including the Ceredigion Coastal Path from Cardigan to Aberaeron. The section from Llangrannog to Cwmtudu, which has recently opened, is especially dramatic, because it takes you first along the cliff tops where you can watch seabirds breed below in spring, then down to the old hilltop fort of Lochtyn, past the Urdd camp and up a steep track along a sheer section of cliff which plunges down to the sea below! Walks leaflets and books are available in all the local tourist information centres.
Nature and Wildlife / Natur a Bywyd Gwyllt
Bird watching in the area can be very rewarding – just bring your binoculars. You can see gannets out to sea often plummeting like darts into the water on fishing expeditions, fulmars gliding effortlessly along the cliff faces, red kites circling overhead like prehistoric creatures, peregrine falcons on the hunt around Lochtyn, where they breed, and also guillemots and razorbills further north near New Quay. Visit Cardigan Website. Dolphins, porpoises and grey seals are sighted regularly along this stretch of coast and dolphins spotting cruises are available from New Quay harbour
Festivals and Events / Gwyliau a Digwyddiadau
There are plenty of events throughout the year, and particularly in the Summer months. Here are some examples.
Places to Visit / Beth Sydd i’w Weld
There are plenty of places to visit in the area, from the market towns of Cardigan, Lampeter and Newcastle Emlyn to the lively resort of New Quay and the stylish Georgian town of Aberaeron.
There are numerous attractions to suit all ages and interests in the area. Here are some examples:
- Cardigan Island Coastal Farm Park
- Folly Farm Adventure Theme Park and Zoo, Narberth
- New Quay Honey Farm
- Dylan Thomas Guided Tours – New Quay and Aberaeron
- Ski and Boarding Centre, Llangrannog
- Cardigan Bay Marine and Wildlife Centre, New Quay
- Y Felin Working Watermill, St Dogmaels
- Fishing on the River Teify
- Steam trains: the scenic Vale of Rheidol Railway near Aberystwyth
- Golf : there is an 18-hole golf course in a dramatic location overlooking the sea at Gwbert just north of Cardigan
Houses and Gardens / Tai a Gerddi
Llanerchaeron, owned by the National Trust, is about 5 miles inland from Aberaeron in the Aeron valley. This rare example of a self-sufficient 18th-century Welsh minor gentry estate has survived virtually unaltered and is well worth a visit.
Further afield near Llandeilo in Carmarthenshire are Aberglasney and the National Botanic Gardens, both very vibrant and interesting places. Old Cilgwyn Gardens, Newcastle Emlyn is also worth a visit.
More information can be found on the Ceredigion Tourism website