Our Best Local Beaches plus an Early Summer Special Offer For You!
As the days get longer, and following the gorgeous blue skies and sunny weather we basked in over the Easter holidays, it’s definitely heralding a return to more time spent on the beach.
With that in mind we’re sharing a summary of what our best local beaches can offer you, as they all have their own different character, giving you lots of choice on creating those all important golden moments to enjoy, and precious holiday memories to look back on fondly.
Also, to help you make the most of our fabulous beaches ahead of the school summer holidays we have a Special Early Summer Offer for you!
Get 10% Off any week long holiday (7 nights) taken between Friday 5th June and Friday 10th July 2015, in the following cottages :
Talar Aur – this generously sized cottage sleeps 6 + a cot, with one ensuite double bedroom, one twin bedroom, and two single bedrooms.
The Barn – this large stone cottage sleeps 7 + a cot. Always popular with extended family groups it has 2 double bedrooms – one with an ensuite, and the other also has a single bed in it. There is also a twin bed loft room.
The Farmhouse – this private wing of the original 19th Century Farmhouse sleeps 6 + a cot, with a double bedroom upstairs with ensuite, and 2 additional bedrooms downstairs – one with twin single beds, and one with bunk beds.
To qualify for this offer, your holiday must be booked, with the deposit paid, between 10th and 28th April 2015.
The beaches are one of the biggest attractions to coming to this area for a holiday – renowned as they are for their beautiful settings and for being spaciously un-crowded.
Our nearest beach is Poppit Sands – just a few minutes’ drive away. Standing at the mouth of the Teifi Estuary it has approximately a mile of golden sands at low tide, flanked by rock pools at one end, the bobbing boats of the Teifi Boating Club at Patch across the estuary at the other end, and a stretch of sheltering sand dunes along the back of the beach.
It has blue flag bathing status, and a permanent Life Guard Station during the summer months for your peace of mind, making it ideal for toddler and child-friendly beach swimming.
There’s always plenty of room at Poppit for family games on the beach – whether it’s an impromptu kick about with a ball, rounders, French cricket, Frisbee, or kite flying. Or while away the hours building sandcastles, and rock-pooling, and paddling in the shallow waters.
Also it’s a great place to watch the RNLI members doing their training (Cardigan RNLI launch from Poppit Sands)
Take a picnic, enjoy a beach BBQ, or wander off the beach for refreshments at the cafe behind the beach, or the nearby Webley Hotel.
There is a large car park near the beach for your convenience (pay and display during the summer months), and if you have your dog with you, dogs are allowed on the estuary side of the beach all year round, but not on the first section of the beach between May and September.
A little further away we have Newport Beach, which is also a sandy beach, at the mouth of the River Nevern.
Tucked under the watchful majesty of Carn Ingli mountain it has sand dunes behind it for shelter. At low tide you can wander along to the far end of the beach and explore the unusual ‘wavy’ rock formations around the numerous rock pools, as well as small caves under the cliffs, and for a brief window of time (at the lowest point of the tide) you can access the pebbly beach and small waterfall at the farthest end of the beach.
At low tide you can at certain points wade across the river to the Parrog side of the beach, and walk up into the small quaint town of Newport itself. If the tide is against you, you can still get to and from the town to the beach via a 30-40 minute walk over the white bridge, and along the North side of the estuary – always popular with bird-spotters with plenty of waders and sea birds to see.
With its long shallow estuary and a more enclosed feel than Poppit, Newport beach is popular with kayakers, wind-surfers, and kite-surfers enjoying a good prevailing wind from the West.
The beach is manned by Surf Lifesavers during the summer months for your safety, making it perfect for getting your toddlers enjoying the sea.
Newport Beach has a spacious car park for your convenience (pay and display in the summer) and dogs are allowed anywhere on the beach all year round. You can get refreshments from the cafe by the car park, or wander up to nearby Newport Golf Club for something more substantial (and stunning views of the whole beach, Newport town, and the hills behind). Also there is a wide selection of cafes, pubs, and other small shops in Newport itself.
North of Cardigan – about a 20 minute drive from Croft, is Mwnt Beach. This is a much smaller beach than Poppit and Newport, but still loved by many for its quirky nature and warm sheltered aspect. It is a small sandy cove, backed by steep cliffs, with Foel y Mwnt, a steep hill/headland, to the side.
(Mwnt Beach : Image courtesy of Discover Ceredigion )
Although it’s a steep walk on the path to the top of Foel y Mwnt headland it’s well worth it for the views – and there are regular sightings of the resident Cardigan Bay dolphins from this beautiful vantage point.
The beach itself can only be accessed via a long, steep set of steps so is not suitable for disabled or pushchair access.
Parking (paid) is available near the top of the steps near the much-photographed tiny white Mwnt Church, which is allegedly the oldest church in Ceredigion.
There is a small shop for refreshments at the top of the steps which is open during the summer months. There is no lifeguard service in attendance at Mwnt, and dogs are not allowed on the beach at all from May to September.
There are of course many other beaches in the area : Ceibwr, Aber Fforest, Cwm Yr Eglwys, Pwllgwaelod to the south, and Aberporth, Tresaith, Penbryn and Tresaith to the north, to name but a few.
They all have their own individuality and beauty, so whatever you look for in a beach – we certainly feel there’s something here for you and your family to enjoy!
To take advantage of our Special Early Summer Offer, or to find out more about holidaying in this area, and our luxury holiday cottages do feel free to give us a ring on 01239 615179 and we’d be very happy to help you.
We look forward to welcoming you to Croft Farm & Celtic Cottages soon!