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One of the largest counties within Wales but is the least populated with only 70,000 people. The majority of the population are fluent speakers of Welsh and English and live in around 150 towns, villages and rural communities.
Main towns and events in the area when staying in Wales.
Cardigan- Market town located on the River Teifi providing local and traditional butchers, bakers and grocery shops along with local arts and crafts. There is an indoor market in the Guildhall Heritage centre. The town also boasts the Theatre Mwldan and Art Gallery. Cardigan is also the main town at the northern end of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. There is a regular bus service from Finch Square to the start of the walk at Poppit Sands. Cardigan has many events throughout the year including the following: Gwyl Fawr - The Famous Cardigan Eisteddfod in June/July. Agricultural Show in July. The River and Food festival in August. St Dogmaels Regatta in August. Carnival day in August. Festival of walking in October
Poppit Sands - For a fantastic seaside holiday head to the popular destination of Poppit Sands, a delightful beach resort full of adventure and excitement that will entertain the whole family. Located in Ceredigion, South West Wales, Poppit Sands is surrounded by breathtaking scenery providing an ideal location for those who take pleasure in the outdoors. Enjoy long majestic walks over the golden sand as you listen to the sounds of the rippling waves, or take to the hills and see the spectacular sights of the Welsh landscape. Flourishing trees cascade their branches over winding roads and wild flowers bloom and fill the fields with splashes of vivid colours. With Poppit Sands being just four miles away from the historic town of Cardigan and ten miles from the scenic village of Newport, it will provide you with that restful break you have been looking for in addition to experiencing other popular destinations that the whole family will love.
New Quay- A picturesque seaside town on the Cardigan Bay Coast. New Quay was once a shipbuilding and fishing centre but today small local fishing and pleasure craft still come and go. New Quay's beaches extend around the bay where you can regularly see bottle nosed dolphins swimming and diving. For a chance to see these creatures close up take a boat trip with Winston Evans Boats trips and explore the Cardigan Marine Heritage Coast. Dylan Thomas lived in New Quay during 1944/45. A book 'The Dylan Thomas Trail' includes many walks around New Quay following the steps of the great poet.
Aberaeron - is an idyllic port side town situated in the county of Ceredigion in South West Wales. Aberaeron is one of Wales very first planned towns. The idea of developing a port at the Aerons mouth came from a local Reverend in the nineteenth century. The town of Aberaeron offers such a diverse range of things to see and do including watersports, walking, historic attractions, wildlife spotting and much more making it a perfect place to choose your holiday home from which to explore. One of the towns most striking features is the architecture. One house in four is listed either as being of special architectural or historical interest. The best way to explore the town is to follow the town trail. The Aberaeron Town Trail was established in 2007 during the bicentennial celebrations - 200 years since the Act of Parliament to create the new harbour. Twenty two notable locations within the town were chosen, and each was given a commemorative bronze plaque in the shape of the 'Aberaeron shovel' a shovel produced in the forge of the Davies family from the 1850s until the 1930s. The town of Aberaeron has a rich and incredibly interesting maritime history that is sure to interest many visitors.
Lampeter - A University and market town situated in the mid Teifi Valley on the borders of Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire. The town is the home of the University of Wales Lampeter College although it was established as an agricultural centre. Today tourism and the University drives the local economy but despite the decline in agriculture the town still retains the regular Cattle Mart, Antique Action, Horse Fair and the annual Food Festival.
Aberystwyth - The culture capital of Wales, Aberystwyth is home to the National Library, University and the recently redeveloped Arts Centre with its concert hall, cinema, exhibition space, café and design shop. Ceredigion Museum located in the Edwardian Coliseum Museum Music Hall has permanent displays on agriculture, seafaring and lead mining, plus temporary exhibitions throughout the year.Being a University town Aberystwyth has many bars, cafes and shops. There are market halls every Wednesday and Saturday and a farmers market on the third Friday of the month. A walk along the Victorian promenade takes you to Constitution Hill where you can take a ride to the top on the longest cliff railway in the world. For a dramatic view over Cardigan Bay visit the ruin of the castle at the southern end of Aberystwyth. Special events throughout the year include: Aberystwyth Plant Fair - April. Celtic Challenge Rowing Race - May. Monthly farmers market. Aberystwyth Food Fair September
LLandysul - This town built around its ancient church, a large proportion is now quite rightly a conservation area, stands on one of the finest fishing rivers (fishing-in-wales.com) in Wales. This area of Ceridigion is well known for angling and white-water canoeing. The Teifi River and its tributaries drives flour and woolen mills and the National Museum of Wale's museum of the Welsh Woollen Industry is located nearby at Drefach Felindre. You can a pay a visit not only to the Museum of the Welsh Woollen industry but also to other remaining working mills in the area. Llandysul and Pont Tyweli are ideally situated for exploring the varied and beautiful counties of Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and the Brecon Beacons. They are almost equidistant from the larger towns of Cardigan, Carmarthen and Lampeter.Whilst it is an excellent centre for walkers and cyclists, it also has all the major banks and an exciting array of shops and a fortnightly cattle market.
Ffos-y-ffin - is a village near the coastal town of Aberaeron, in the county of Ceredigion in Mid Wales. Ideally situated on the scenic coastal road between the lively summer resort of Newquay with its beach and harbour and the historic maritime town of Aberaeron, Ffos Y Ffin presents a quiet and more secluded location which is perhaps why its is also known as a great place to spot the famous red kites that populate this part of Wales. One of the villages most interesting businesses in the brewery, Ffos Y Ffin Brewery is located just outside Ffos Y Ffin village in the hills of the Welsh valleys. The Brewery has been running for over a hundred years producing the best quality lager and ale. The family brewers have been a popular with locals and the rest of Wales for decades and now, with thanks to the internet are beginning to get world wide appeal and support. All beer and ale is made in the traditional way and so is off the highest quality and flavour. There is an abundance of things to see and do in the surrounding county of Ceredigion. Take a 30 minute trip North up the coast and you will come to Aberystwyth. The largest town on Cardigan Bay and liveliest seaside resort in Wales,
Llanarth - is a small village, near the coast in the county of Ceredigion. An ancient settlement, Llanarth is among the oldest in Ceredigion. Set just inland from the Cardigan Bay coast, it is centred on the crossroads formed where the A487 coast road meets the B4342 to New Quay and ideally situated within three miles of the town ofAberaeron. There is an abundance of things to see and do nearby, particularly in the town of Newquay. Here you will find a harbour, beach and several small shops. From Newquay you can take a boat trip around the heritage coast, and as well as being a great way to see the spectacular coastline, it also is a great opportunity to spot some wildlife including dolphins and seals! For the more active and adventurous Cardigan Bay Active takes groups on activities such as sea kayaking or coasteering and if getting wet in the surf isnt your thing why not try a bushcraft course to brush up on your nature skills.
Mwnt- is a small and ancient parish in the county of Ceredigion in Mid Wales. Mwnt is around 5 miles from the popular seaside town of Cardigan which is the second largest town in the county. Mwnt got its name from the prominent, steep, conical hill that rises above the beach and is seen as a landmark for much of Cardigan Bay. Mwnt is particularly known for its beach, from which bottlenose dolphins can be seen, and the best viewing times of year are April - September. The Daily Mail once listed it in their top ten loveliest hidden beaches in Europe which gives you an idea of how unique and special this place is. The beach is relatively small compared with others in Ceredigion and the nearby Pembrokeshire Coast National Park but it is no less spectacular in its own way. A small sandy cove backed by hills covered in lush green grass that drop down into the gleaming blue sea,
Llangrannog- The seaside village of Llangrannog lies alongside the stunning coastline of Ceredigion in Mid Wales. Sitting in a narrow valley, the river Hawen runs through the village into Cardigan Bay, at one point the valley is so steep that the river runs in a cascading waterfall. Llangrannog is frequently referred to as one of the most attractive villages on the Ceredigion coast and its not hard to see why with its small winding streets, gorse covered hills and wonderful views over the beach. The village of Llangrannog was established around the church in the 6th century. The village developed rapidly with the fishing industry. A total of around 24 ships were built on the nearby beach and until 1914 almost all the male inhabitants were seafarers. Today Llangrannog is a popular destination for those seeking an active break in Wales or families planning a seaside summer holiday.
Borth - is a coastal village 7 miles North of Aberystwyth in the county of Ceredigion in Mid Wales. Borth is an old fishing hamlet which boasts one of Ceredigions longest and most golden beaches which stretches over two miles to Ynyslas where the Dyfi National Nature Reserve can be found. Borths award winning beach has wonderful shallow waters making it particularly popular for families with younger children. Borth presents a great opportunity for those seeking a walking holiday in Wales as there is such as unique and diverse landscape that you are sure to never tire of. The Dyfi Nature Reserve is home to an abundance of wildlife, flora and fauna just waiting to be explored. The Dyfi Nature Reserve is made up of three parts: Cors Fochno, an internationally important peat bog; Dyfi Estuary, an internationally important feeding ground for thousands of wading birds and the beach and sand dunes of Ynyslas, enjoyed by around quarter of a million people every year.
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