MWNT BED AND BREAKFAST
Mwnt gets its name from the prominent steep conical hill that rises above the beach. The small sandy beach at Mwnt is owned by the National Trust. It has a sheltered beach with safe bathing. There is a National Trust car park at the top of the cliffs. A little way down to the beach is a small shop which sells teas and ice-creams, buckets and spades etc. and has public conveniences. There are 130 steps down to the beach (and back up!) I am only a mile from the beach, so it is walking distance from the B and B.
The little church there, Church of the Holy Cross - Eglwys y Grog in Welsh - dates from the 14th Century, but a church was said to stand on the site since the 6th Century. It was a pilgrimage church, on the routes to both St David’s in Pembrokeshire, and Bardsey Island. Bardsey can be seen from the Mwnt on a clear day, about 50 miles away off the tip of the Lleyn Peninsular in North Wales. Three pilgrimages to Bardsey were said to be the equivalent of one to Rome! The Church is usually open to visitors. It’s a very peaceful place and popular for small weddings, there is the occasional church service there too. Mwnt Church features in much local art work and you will certainly spot it while looking around the local galleries.
From the top of the cliffs the Ceredigion coastal path towards Aberporth begins...and walking along the cliff paths, you can spot dolphins off the Mwnt, fishing in the deeper waters past the beach. Sea birds, harbour porpoise and the occasional seal can be spotted and red kites, buzzards and kestrels are often riding the thermals there. On a day when the conditions are right you can see the whole sweep around Cardigan Bay to North Wales, and the Snowdonia range. There is a wonderful variety of wildflowers in the area too, and plenty of wading birds down at the estuary by Gwbert.
There are a number of cycle trails that run locally – Route 4 even passes the front door! Check out www.cyclebreakswales.com
The fabulous scenery is also an attraction for many artists and craft workers and there are local galleries and shops where their work can be viewed and bought.
A number of boats trips run out into the bay and dolphin spotting cruises are popular. Boats run from nearby Cardigan but a longer trip can be made from New Quay a little further up the coast.
Also close by are the picturesque beaches at Penbryn (also NT) and Cwmtudu, but a short drive (15 minutes) across Cardigan and through the little town of St Dogmaels (with ruined abbey and working watermill) will bring you to Poppit Sands, possibly one of the finest beaches in West Wales...a vast expanse of sand and sand dunes which forms the southern side of the Teifi Estuary. The Pembrokeshire coastal path starts at St Dogmaels too.
Sea Mist overTeifi Estuary
Plenty to do in the area too ... All within a short easy drive:
Cardigan town centre, with a good range of shops, a cinema, theatre and numerous pubs which will meet all your likely needs! (5 minutes away)
Cilgerran Castle, a spectacular craggy castle overlooking the Teifi gorge. (20 minutes away)
Teifi Marshes Wildlife Centre, with trails and walks by the river and a visitor centre which has local foods on the menu. (15-20 Minutes away)
Aberaeron: is picturesque with brightly coloured houses and nearby, Llanachaeron a National Trust property, is a fine Nash house with a walled garden (30 minutes away)
The New Quay Honey Farm, with some hives behind glass, exhibitions, meadery and shop is a short way from the harbour at New Quay which is a popular place to spot the dolphins, and the start of dolphin spotting boat trips. (30 minutes)
View from Carn Ingli
The Preseli range is a short drive away, and has
much interest for geologists and keen walkers. Carn Ingli is the closest
peak is about 30 mins away by car. An energetic scramble to the peak
will reward you with stunning views over Newport Bay. Close by is Pentre
Ifan megalithic burial chamber also with wonderful views, but less of a
climb! (30 minutes)
St Dogmaels Abbey ruins and the attached coach house cafe are also the site of a local food producers market on Tuesday mornings. Right next door is the Y Felin working watermill, which produces and sells stone-ground flours (10 minutes)
Dusk on the Cliffs