A coastal walk high above the two-mile stretch of golden sand at Watergate Bay, passing a prehistoric fort along the way, before looping through Mawgan Porth to return via fields and lanes. Keith Tunnicliffe with his linocut print of the South West Coast Path at Mansands.

The walk begins at the beautiful Georgian town of Aberaeron – a rare example of one of the first towns to be planned in Wales. ​Known as 'The Gateway to Wales' Cardigan was  the strategically located former county town of Ceredigion (Cardiganshire), and once the biggest port on the western seaboard, which gave its name to Cardigan Bay. Sea Campion grows above cliffs and amongst shingle, and flowers from June to August. The Teasel is a tall spiny plany that can be found growing on the foreshore between Aberarth and Aberaeron. The path between Aberystwyth to Ynyslas follows the undulating contours of cliffs and slopes to Borth. New Quay Wales The flowers of the Coastal Path. In the stonecrop family, Crassulaceae, Navelwort gets its scientific name, Umbilicus, from to the ‘belly button’ in the middle of the leaf.

Children will love the long sandy beach backed by dunes, and the stories of ancient saints arriving on peculiar boats and a wicked population buried in sand!

Ceredigion's Cardi Bach bus service is ideal for walking the Ceredigion Coast Path or for spending the day at the beach without having to take the car. New survey reveals the South West Coast Path has been a lifeline for many during lockdown. Many wild plants are also protected under the 1981 Countryside Act. New Quay to Cwmtydu Ceredigion Coastal Walk Route Map and GPX Download. The area is littered with the remnants of previous populations, including barrows from the Bronze Age, a Saxon settlement from the Dark Ages, a medieval chapel which became a wagon shed and the course of a half-built canal meant to run from Mawgan Porth to Newquay.

Each section ends in a town or village where you can find accommodation and transport. Ray florets often swept backwards slightly.. Not really a coastal plant, but found in the damp grassy area above Castell Bach - Little Castle, a Celtic iron age settlement and promontory hill fort which dates to about 300 BC which is between Cwmtydu and New Quay. They must also be able to tolerate the often considerable salt spray. This six-mile walk covers a small section of the 870-mile coastal path, which opened in 2012. Pennywort or Navelwort favours old stone walls and rock crevicces. From Llanina, the path continues past Cei Bach and Cwm Buwch where the river Drywi has carved its way over a waterfall to the sea. From Newquay the Coast Path stretches out with stunning views everywhere you look! Smugglers' caves nestle among the stacks and arches, while the towering headlands above provided ideal sites for prehistoric promontory forts.

Visit Whipsiderry at half-tide to catch the spectacular blowhole spouting.

It is very low growing and well adapted to its environment with thick fleshy leaves to store water . This is another edible plant, also known as Sea Fennel, that grows in some profusion on the eastern side of New Quay pier.

From Aberarth, the path climbs to reveal great views north towards Aberystwyth and Snowdonia. However, plants on the coastal path should not be collected by foragers. This is a good walk in autumn, when... A short walk offering beautiful views over a tranquil estuary and the sweeping Atlantic coast, as well as the chance to explore the pretty coastal village of Crantock. Facilities: Plenty of facilities can be found at either end.

Map:: Explorer 198 New Quay and Aberporth Distance 4 miles or 8 miles circular Approximate Time 2.5 [5] hours Description From the smugglers cove of Cwmtydu to the fishing village of New Quay.

Ceredigion's 60 miles (96km) Coast Path is a very special part of the Wales Coast Path, with probably the most varied landscape and terrain of the  870 mile (1400km) route. More about New Quay. Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace. Recommended Maps: ORDNANCE SURVEY Explorer 198 Cardigan & New Quay, Aberaeron Map. Download file for GPS. Ultra-runner and running coach Kristian Morgan from London has set a new Fastest Known Time (FKT) for completing the South West Coast Path (SWCP), Britain’s longest National Trail. A long walk, travelling high above a ragged rocky coastline where turquoise water washes onto golden sand and seabirds such as fulmar, razorbill and guillemot nest noisily on the cliffs.

The Countryside Code was introduced back in 2004 to encourage people to protect the natural environment by taking care to not damage, destroy or remove features such as flowers, trees, rocks and plants.

People have lived here since prehistoric times, and there are some fascinating historical features en route.


Click/hold and drag the map to set the centre point of your search location under the red crosshair. There are caves of marble carved out by the sea's erosion and blowholes have been created where water has forced through the rocks. I had with me a copy of Liz Allan’s little booklet on the Ceredigion Coast Path (published 2009).

The Cardi Bach coastal village bus service runs between Cardigan and New Quay throughout the year calling at the popular village resorts of Aberporth, Tresaith and Llangrannog and the quiet cove - ideal for wildlife spotting - of Cwmtydu. West Wales Caravans

They are flattish when first open, but become conical as they age. The flowers appear between July and September.

Buckshorn or Stagshorn Plantain gets its name from the antler-like shape of the leaves. Check out the businesses nearby for more places to stay and drink. A short section of the Wales Coast Path from Aberaeron to New Quay. Designated Heritage Coast and arguably the most spectacular part of the Ceredigion Coast Path, the section between Llangrannog and New Quay includes the iconic Ynys Lochtyn, the coves of Cwmtydu and Cwm Soden, and near New Quay, Birds Rock - a great area for spotting both marine wildlife and seabirds.

OS map required: Explorer 198: Cardigan and New Quay.

[and back inland to complete the circular walk] Start The walk starts from Cwmtydu parking overlooking the sea. It is also known as Sea Pink, Rock Rose and Our Ladies Cushion.
There are also deep historical roots here with Trevelgue Head and Porth Island a major centre of prehistoric civilisation, inhabited for over 6,000 years.

They are often exposed to strong winds so they tend to be small and ground hugging. Location: New Quay to Llangrannog Distance : 9.5 miles Description of this walk : Hidden coves, dolphin spotting and prehistoric rock strata on this coastal walk. Postcode, placename or click the icon to use current location, Bedruthan Steps Easy Access - 0.8 miles (1.2 km), Constantine Bay to Mawgan Porth - 7.0 miles (11.3 km), Crantock & Penpol Creek - 1.7 miles (2.7 km), Tregurrian & Trevarrian - 5.3 miles (8.5 km), Trevelgue Head & Whipsiderry - 4.5 miles (7.2 km), Take the Coast Path Challenge - 3 small steps. It is not found on the cliffs but may be seen in sandy or marshy areas where the coast path descends to the shoreline. Great in summer... A walk around Newquay's fascinating shoreline, taking in the long sandy beaches with their Atlantic breakers which make it one of Britain's surf capitals, as well as its rocky headlands with their spectacular views out over Newquay Bay.

Flowerheads are up to 45mm across and look very much like large daisies.

Around 3,000 Teasel seed heads are held in an iron frame. There is a 'Teasel gig' in the National Wool Museum at Drefach Felindre, near Newcastle Emlyn. .Disc-florets form a hemispherical dome. It has a distinctive odor that many find unpleasant, email: cottages@newquaywales.co.uk Phone:  01545 561707, West Wales Cottages Cardigan is where the Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire Coast Paths meet. Rock Samphire is rich in vitamin C, vitamins E and K, iodine, carotenoids and flavonoids.