Ceredigion’s coastal communities were once flourishing centres for shipbuilding and shipping. Lime and fuel were regular imports, helping the agricultural surroundings. Cardigan Bay was also a significant Herring fishery; this activity continuing from local harbours until the First World War. The Cardigan Bay coast between the Dyfi and Teifi estuaries contains a rich variety of coastline – dunes at Ynyslas, storm beaches, sandy bays and high cliffs. The Ceredigion Heritage Coast covers 22 miles (35 km) of coastline in four sections: Borth, Monks Cave, New Quay and Penpeles.
The remarkable Iron Age hill fort at nearby Pendinas, Aberystwyth, dates back to about 600BC. Aberystwyth harbour was a hub for shipbuilding and for the export of lead ore from the various metal mines in north Ceredigion. A walk along Aberystwyth’s sea front expose many facets of the town’s history, one example is the castle built by Edward I. Another castle can be found at Cardigan, a short distance from the coast on the Teifi Estuary. Cardigan was once the most important port in Wales. Aberaeron has more recent origins. Once a small fishing village, today, Aberaeron’s colourful terraces draw visitors from far afield.
For a taste of adventure, get your sailing gear at the ready and head to Cardigan Bay Watersports where you can learn the basics or develop your skills in the picturesque surroundings with the guidance of the specialist staff on hand. There are a range of activities and courses to suit a range of abilities such as; power boating and kayaking. If being on land is more your thing, Cardigan Bay Active will be the place for you. They provide one of the regions greatest choice of activities on the sea, river and on land; from the base in Afon Teifi, out into Cardigan Bay and around the Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire coast. You will have a wide range of activities, for you, family or friends to enjoy. Most activities are available to book as an intro or a full day.
There are many golf clubs around the region that offer some fantastic ranges to play on. Many of these being on the coast, such as; Capel Bangor Golf Club and Cardigan Golf Club allow you to play whilst being surrounded by the amazing coastal views.
Arts & Culture
Ceredigion and its surroundings offer a broad range of attractions to be seen while on your visit. The Vale of Rheidol Railway is a great way to explore the coast of Aberystwyth. Sit back and relax, watching the scenery go by as you travel through woodland, open fields and the mountains. On your journey you will have the chance to spot some birds of prey like buzzards and red kites. Opened in 1902, the railway is a masterwork of engineering and has been delighting passengers young and old for generations.
New Quay Honey Farm is a great attraction for the family to enjoy. See the amazing world of the honey bees in the exhibition, where, from behind glass, you are able to see the live colonies of bees interacting with each other, sharing food and watch how they communicate using dances. See if you can spot the queen laying eggs! The honey produced in this area is of a very high quality due to the wealth of wild flowers and trees that flourish in this untouched part of Wales. The shop stocks an extensive range of honey from the farm's hives as well as beeswax products, including cosmetics, candles, mead, honey beer and polish, books, cards, gifts and beekeeping equipment.
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