Why September is the best month for your stay in West Wales

Summer in West Wales is wonderful but sometimes, due to its popularity, beautiful scenery, and maritime climate, it just gets too busy and overcrowded. That’s why we think you’ll love your stay in West Wales in September. With fewer people flocking to the area, you can really see all that West Wales has to offer. 

What can we do in September? Read on for adventurous answers. 

Wild swimming

Fancy going for a swim? The sea isn’t super cold just yet and is still great to go for a swim in. Pack up your swimming costume, some towels, and something hot to drink to warm your bones afterwards. We think you’ll love the rush of adrenaline as you dive into the sea. Our favourite beaches to go swimming at are Poppit Sands Beach which is only a 12-minute drive from Croft Farm and Mwnt Beach which is a twenty-minute drive from Croft Farm. 

Don’t fancy braving it in the sea? At Croft Farm, we have a heated indoor pool. So, pack your swimming costumes because you’re going swimming either way! Can’t swim? No worries – try out some Swimming Without Stress lessons. You can learn to swim safely and calmly during your stay in West Wales. These intensive 1-1 lessons will have you making incredible progress and they will help you to feel more confident in the water. 

Go on a hike with VIP Wales

Book a walking trip with VIP Wales for a tailor-made walking experience. One of the best ways to explore is by walking around the Pembrokeshire Coast Path or along the top of the famous Preseli Hills, and that’s exactly where VIP Wales will take you. Before you go on a walk they will enquire about your walking ability and plan suitable walks just for you. There’s nothing better than having a local tour guide to lead you to all the stunning secret spots across the two gorgeous counties of Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

VIP Wales has incredible knowledge of all of the walks that they go on and are the most popular company around to take you walking on your stay in West Wales. They will be able to point out all of the unique wildlife such as Manx shearwater, puffins, and red kites, and the best places to spot them. You will also be able to learn about the ancient landmarks, cairns, Iron age settlements, and historic industrial remnants that dot this ancient land and learn about their intricate and fascinating history, too. 

Spot seal pups

September is one of the best months to spot seals as it is the month that most female grey seals come offshore to give birth. The seal pups have a brilliant white coat of fur when they are born and are easy to spot. Be careful you don’t get too close though as the National Park Authority warn that Mums can abandon pups that have been too close to humans, and that can endanger pups and breeding grounds. The best way to look for seals is to walk along the coast path and glance carefully at the beaches below – you never know how many you’ll spot. 

Cwmtydu Beach is one of the best places to spot seals in Ceredigion. It is just a half an hour’s drive from Croft Farm. There is a car park at the pebble beach so you don’t need to worry about looking for a parking space. Seal spotting is a great activity for you and your whole family for your stay in West Wales. 

Find some dolphins, too

September is also a brilliant time to spot dolphins on your stay in West Wales. Take a trip with A Bay To Remember around the coast of Cardigan to spot dolphins, seals, harbour porpoise, and seabirds. With boat trips lasting anywhere from 1 hour to 2.5 hours, take a look at which boat trip would best suit you and your family. The boat trips all leave from Gwbert, which is a 14-minute drive away from Croft Farm.

Voyages of Discovery are another wonderful company that offers boat rides to explore Ramsey Island, Skomer Island, and Grassholm Island. It is an hour’s drive South from Croft Farm but allows you to explore a different part of the gorgeous coastline and is definitely well worth it. We think that the whole family will enjoy this boat trip as there are so many different seabirds, dolphins, porpoises, seals, and other wildlife to spot. 

Explore the towns (It’s quiet now)

September is also the best time to explore all of the picturesque towns in West Wales. Take a trip to the ancient market harbour town of Cardigan,  just a five-minute drive away from your accommodation. Pop into all of the local artisan shops such as the locally-run butchers, restaurants serving fresh fish and local produce, and the fantastic Guildhall building that dominates the centre of this beautiful town. If you get a bit peckish stop at CRWST for some delicious doughnuts, cookies, and other snacks. Want a bigger meal? Try Pizzatipi for some mouth-wateringly delicious pizzas and beverages. 

Try exploring the seaside town of New Quay, it’s jam-packed full of shops, cafes and eateries. Visit Penlon Brewery for some artisan pizzas served with their very own Penlon Ales and a range of other craft ciders and gins. After refuelling, head down to the Shell Shop, where you’ll find more shells than you’ve ever seen before – it’s the perfect place to pick up some souvenirs from your stay in West Wales.     

For more ideas for your holiday adventures with us, follow our social media pages where we’ll post regular ideas, share local activities, and give customer updates.  For more day-out ideas, take a look at our regularly updated blog page here.