5 Beaches To Visit During Your Stay....
Summer is here with a vengeance, and what a better way of spending a week at The Cwtch than visiting each of our favourite local beaches? After all, we are spoilt for choice for local Blue Flag beaches.....
Most can be reached by the Cardi Bach bus service, which runs daily through our village, so you can get the bus there, spend a few hours enjoying the sunshine, then walk back on the coastal path for a relaxing, car-free day. Or, pack a picnic, drive a maximum of 20 minutes fro The Cwtch, and spend the whole day on the beach, investigating rock pools, waterfalls, and enjoying a dip in the sea with an ice cream or a pint in the pub to top it off!
Don't forget your sunscreen, beach towel and flip-flops!
All allow dogs throughout the year, apart from National-Trust owned Mwnt and Penbryn, which restrict dog access during the summer. Details are given with each beach below!
1. Lets start with my absolute favourite, Tresaith. A Blue-Flag beach which will live in your memories and draw you back again and again.
Tresaith is dog-friendly year round, with one half of the beach (the side with the waterfall and rock pools) allowing dogs during the summer months. The left hand side of the beach does not allow dogs during the summer, so if dogs aren't your thing, there's space for you too!
A perfect family beach, this was where my sons' earliest beach days were spent, with numerous visits throughout the year, many of them after school for impromptu barbecues on the golden sand.
Home of the Tresaith Mariners, there are sometimes yachts to watch, and if you are lucky, there will be dolphins frolicking out on the horizon. If you are lucky enough to visit when the Regatta is on, there will be sandcastle competitions, lots of messing about in boats, and a marquee bar on the beach, with partying on into the sunset!
And what a sunset you will see....
Facilities include toilets/shower, disabled parking, and ice creams and food available from the little shop on the beach, plus The Ship, if you fancy a meal, with the best views you'll get from a pub garden!
Oh, and did I mention the Waterfall? Accessible when the tide is out, great fun to stand under on a hot sunny day.
2. Now for New Quay - full of history, sometime home of Dylan Thomas, once a flourishing shipbuilding centre and fishing port, now a beautiful harbour with two beaches, restaurants, pubs, cafes, and even its own Craft Brewery.
Just 3 miles from The Cwtch, the more active visitors can walk directly here along the coast path, with the reward of an ice cream, pasty or pizza to enjoy on the harbour wall while looking out for Cardigan Bay's famous dolphins.
There are two beaches here, Dolau beach, which welcomes dogs all year round, and the Harbour beach, which allows visitors to watch the comings and goings of the boats (including our magnificent RNLI lifeboat - which is currently under threat).
Both beaches have glorious golden sand, and are fabulous for swimming. There is a safe swimming area within the harbour (as seen in the photo above), and you can try out a number of water sports, including Paddleboarding, Kayaking, Wakeboarding, Waterskiing and Sailing via Cardigan Bay Watersports.
For wildlife spotters, New Quay is home to the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre, where you can learn how to spot marine wildlife such as dolphin, porpoise and Atlantic grey seals, or join a 2, 4 or 8 hour guided boat trip with west Wales’ original eco-tourism boat operator, Dolphin Survey Boat Trips.
So much to do in our local harbour town! Click here for more ideas this summer....including the New Quay Music Festival, and a visit from The Cragen on 19th August, and to finish off the season, an amazing Firework display over the sea on Saturday 3rd November - more news of this to come.
Come back for beaches 3 - 5; coming soon!