Explore Ceredigion & Cardigan Bay from Stallion Valley Holiday Cottages
Its area is 1783 km; the population in the 2001 census was 74,941. The low population density means there are no traffic jams and lots of peace and quiet.
Ceredigion's residents live in rural, rather than urban, surroundings. Ceredigion contains some 150 small towns and villages with even the largest town, Aberystwyth, has a population smaller than 20,000.
By car from Borth (north) to Cardigan (south) takes about 90 minutes, the most remote inland towns or villages are 30 minutes or less away from a beach or coastal path.
Ceredigion’s 50 miles of coastline has many sandy beaches, pretty harbours and seaside resorts :- Aberystwyth Aberaeron New Quay Llangrannog, Aberporth, Tresaith & Cardigan. Ceredigion has some of the whitest sandy beaches and cleanest, clearest, turquoise seas in the United Kingdom. Ceredigion has the only permanent summer residence of bottle-nosed dolphins in the United Kingdom, is a designated Heritage Coast and has the recently opened Ceredigion Coast Path. www.walkcardiganbay.com
History and Heritage
Farming, especially sheep and the Welsh Black cattle shape of the present landscape. Sheep and the woolen industry are part of its heritage, especially in The Teifi Valley. See The National Woolen Museum (free entry), www.museumwales.ac.uk
Slate and lead, silver & gold mining and the narrow gauge steam railways, linking the quarries and the ports. www.rheidolrailway.co.uk
Ceredigion’s beautiful beaches, coastlines, countryside & mountains provide unrivalled opportunities for walking, cycling, climbing, golf and water sports, far from the maddening crowds.
Water sports - Aberystwyth, Aberaeron, New Quay and Cardigan have harbour facilities sailing & water sports schools.
Fishing & Canoeing - Llandysul has some of the best fly fishing and white water canoeing in Britain. www.fishing-in-wales.com
Walking - Ceredigion’s Coast Path, the Teifi Valley trails and networks of routes in the Cambrian Mountains, provide some of most varied walking in Wales. Ceredigion Wales Information Sheet (.pdf)
Cycling Ceredigion has designated quiet rural road networks and mountain biking for enthusiasts in the Nant Yr Arian Forest.
Golf - Ceredigion has a range of quality golf courses meadow, parkland to coastal links with spectacular scenery.
Places to visit
Pretty harbour towns, seaside resorts and market towns have a wide range of local food markets, tiny craft shops, designer outlets and galleries.
Aberaeron - A picture postcard, Georgian harbour town with listed buildings. It has seafood shops, restaurants and an off-road cycle path linking to the National Trust property at Llanerchaeron in the Aeron valley.
Aberporth - A fine sandy beach and a scenic coastal path link to Tresaith
Aberystwyth - The largest town on the west coast of Wales a pier, a fine promenade, a cliff railway and lots of shops.
Llangrannog - A small scenic village, beautiful beach, cliff walks, excellent restaurants, cafés and pubs.
New Quay - An active fishing harbor, sandy beaches, wildlife & dolphin boat trips. Water sports centre & a home of Dylan Thomas.
Cardigan - The main town for southern Ceredigion, historically a major port currently boat trip and sea fishing.. Excellent arts and entertainment facilities at the Theatr Mwldan complex
Devil's Bridge - Linked to Aberystwyth by thescenic Vale of Rheidol Narrow Gauge Steam Railway
Lampeter - A small, friendly market town, home to Lampeter Saint David's University College which, other than Oxford and Cambridge, is the oldest degree-awarding institution in England and Wales.
Llandysul - The Teifi Valley town of Llandysul provides some of the best fly fishing and white water canoeing in Britain. A centre for Ceredigion’s, water-driven woolen mills, famous for their distinctive Welsh blankets and clothing.
National Botanic Garden - A good day out with attractions for all the family, rain or shine. www.gardenofwales.org.uk