Waunifor is less than half an hour’s drive from the unspoilt Ceredigion coastline, some of which is designated ‘heritage coast’ and cared for by the National Trust. With its award winning clean beaches and secluded coves, and nearly sixty miles of cliff paths, the Cardigan Bay coastline is an outstanding attraction whether you want a family day at the beach, some serious hiking, or a quiet stroll and a cup of coffee with a marvellous view.
Discover waterfalls, caves, and secret coves accessible only from the cliff path. Explore the undersea world with snorkel or diving equipment, the water is clean and clear and beautiful to swim in. Cardigan Bay is designated a Special Area of Conservation and provides many habitats for dwindling species, within the sea, along the shore, the cliffs and the sparsely populated land around the bay.
Sailing, surfing, fishing and a selection of water sports are available from various locations around the bay, and the Urdd Centre at Llangranog has a dry ski slope and sledging amongst its facilities.
Whilst you walk the spectacular cliff paths, take the opportunity to observe the wildlife as you go– some of Britain’s rarest seabirds, as well as buzzards and Red Kites soar overhead, whilst down below dolphins, seals and porpoise swim around the seashore. Cardigan bay was the UK’s first Marine Heritage Coast and is an important area for marine wildlife.
Boat trips also offer a marvellous opportunity to enjoy the bay’s wildlife. They run regularly from the attractive harbour towns of New Quay and Aberaeron.
Bass and black bream are the most famous local catches, fishermen use the beaches as well as charter boats to reach offshore sandbanks and reefs.
The beautiful coastline is punctuated by villages, small ports and harbour towns, each one with a unique character and rich history.
New Quay once had Dylan Thomas as a resident; he was attracted by the sea and the quality of pubs, both of which are still to be enjoyed today! There is a town trail that takes the visitor to a series of locations said to be the inspiration for Llareggub from ‘Under Milk Wood’.
Aberaeron is charming with brightly coloured Georgian houses and a stone walled harbour.
Aberystwyth has a traditional Victorian seafront and a wide stretch of beach, as well as a marina and a narrow gauge railway. The town has lots of pubs, several offering live music of various styles, and a good range of shops and cafes.
The golden beaches of Penbryn, Tresaith, Mwnt and Llangranog have regularly won European Blue Flag, UK Seaside and Green Coast awards for their cleanliness and quality. You won’t find fun fairs or other commercialisation, just clean sand and sea and cliffs. Most have a café or a pub and a small beach shop for your convenience, but are refreshingly free of artificial amusements, leaving you to enjoy the natural ones without distraction.
To the south of Waunifor are the well-loved resorts of Tenby and Saundersfoot, and the beautiful but lesser known Carmarthen Bay. Three estuaries open into a bay which has the biggest beaches in Wales. Pendine Sands, of land speed record fame is long: Cefn Sidan is even longer, a breath-taking seven mile stretch.
Laugharne is a quirky, evocative seaside town, also once home to Dylan Thomas, and also said to have inspired the town in ‘Under Milk Wood’!
The Loughor Estuary is a redeveloped industrial shoreline with lots to see and do, including a visit to the National Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre.