Ceredigion Heritage Coast

The Ceredigion Heritage Coast is divided into four separate sections totalling 21 miles, including several nature reserves and marine conservation areas, a testament to the wide variety of bird and animal populations it supports. A partial list of birds to be seen includes cormorants, choughs, raven, peregrine, and buzzard.

The Cardigan Bay Special Area of Conservation itself supports a colony of some 130 bottlenose dolphins. Porpoises, and grey seals are frequently seen close to shore.

The coast has everything; rugged headlands jutting out into the sea, small fishing villages and harbours, sandy beaches, isolated coves, and clifftop grasslands. Just as importantly, the coast is sparsely visited, leaving visitors with the peace and quiet to explore without crowds. There are traditional seaside holiday centres at New Quay and Aberystwyth, but away from these areas the coast has plenty of secluded corners.

Penbryn, near Aberporth, boasts long, sandy beaches backed by sand dunes and woodland trails along the coast. At nearby Llangrannog a spectacular walk along the cliffs leads to the National Trust promontory at Ynys Lochtyn.

Area Countryside attractions:
Snowdonia National Park
A superb climbing area, this mountainous region of northern Wales has served as a training base for Mount Everest Expeditions, but don't be intimidated by that; there is plenty here for the less ambitious walker and climber. The drama of Snowdonia is provided by its high peaks and steep, plunging valleys, but there is also an abundance of open moorland and miles of sandy beaches along the coast. More ...

Lleyn Peninsula Heritage Coast
The long, low Lleyn Peninsula is a largely unspoilt country refuge warmed by the Gulf Stream. The coast is varied, with steep, jagged cliffs near Aberdaron contrasting with sand dunes and fine bathing beaches in other areas (notably Porth Neigwl). More...

Attractions in Mid Wales

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Heritage Coasts

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Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre
Patent Slip, New Quay
Ceredigion SA45 9PS

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