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Holidays in Cardigan

Characterful gateway town of the Teifi Valley in West Wales

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Cardigan waters' edge

Cardigan, in West Wales, is the gateway to the Teifi Valley and both the Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire Coastal Paths. The ancient town sits at the estuary of the River Teifi near Cardigan Bay. The area is well known for its beautiful seascapes, cliff top walks, wildlife, and cycling. If you are an avid photographer there is much to document for your portfolio whether you’re interested in unspoilt countryside, coastal tracts or Welsh culture.

Cardigan Bay is a Special Area of Conservation (SAC); this means that the habitats and their animal, marine and bird inhabitants are safeguarded for future generations to enjoy. The large variety of habitats hosts a diversity of life that includes bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey seals and cave and sea dwellers. There’s an abundance of fish and crustaceans in the bay too. Children can find crabs and all kinds of shell-dwelling wonders at many of the beaches on their rock pooling jaunts.

“The Cardigan Bay area has an enticing number of beaches, nature reserves and coastal paths…”

The town itself is characteristic of many market towns in South-West Wales. There are many pubs and restaurants in which to treat yourself. One popular activity is a mystery tour down the Teifi River Trail. The path originates in the centre of Cardigan – the path meanders through the Teifi Nature Reserve where you can see birds such as Cetti’s warblers, widgeons, teals, goldfinches, bullfinches and pochards. There are three hides with views across the estuary for you to gain undisturbed bird sightings from.

The Cardigan Bay area has some lovely Poppit Sands. All these beaches are west facing out into the Irish Sea. Cwmtydu, just south of New Quay, is a cove and is one of the best local spots to see dolphins and seals. Llangrannog has a beach café, and lots of sandy beach at low tide. In addition it has a dog-friendly zone and a beachside car park.

River Teifi

Go to Tresaith which is popular with families as it’s good for bathing and relaxing. There is a good local pub within walking distance too - again there’s a dog-zone and parking available. Poppit Sands is known for its attractive sand dune system, the beach is also popular with families but there’s lots of room. There are lifeguards on duty for the busy times of year because of the unpredictable sea changes, but still take due care whenever you’re in the water.

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While you’re there

The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path

Dramatic views from cliff tops of seascapes characterise this wonderful stretch of coast. Occasionally challenging, the views make this worth the effort.

Teifi River Trail

This nature walk is an easy trail from the town out through the nature reserves to the river estuary

Poppit Sands

This is a lovely swimming beach for all the family. There is a large zone for dog walking and sand dunes to relax by

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