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Mwnt Beach, Ceredigion, Mid Wales

Mwnt beach is owned and managed by the National Trust the National Trust looks after 157 miles of the Welsh coast including the lovely Mid Wales beaches of Mwnt and Penbryn.

Mwnt is one of the most spectacular beaches on the Mid Wales coast. A haven for wildlife of all shapes and sizes and is one of the best spots for watching dolphins in the UK.

If award winning beaches are your thing then Mwnt has clocked up 2 awards this year alone, winning a Seaside & Green Coast Award.

Mwnt is easily to get to and is located about 4.5miles from the town of Cardigan which is host to some of the most fantastic independant shops, crafts and local produce.

If you're driving to Mwnt get your camera at the ready as there is some of the most spectacular views over Cardigan Bay and you can't go to Mwnt without taking a snap of the iconic white church on the hill. The Church of the Holy Cross (Welsh: Eglwys y Grog) is an example of a medieval sailor's chapel of ease. The site is said to have been used since the Age of the Saints, but the present building is probably 14th century. It has an example of a 12th or 13th century font made of Preseli stone.

To get to the beach there is a series of steps leading down to the sheltered sandy bay. If you're into ticking things off the bucket list, then you can also get to Mwnt via a section of the Wales Coastal Path - We're the only country in the WORLD that has continuous coastal path stretching its entire length.

The Mid Wales Coast is where the National Trust all began. on 29th March 1985 Mrs Fanny Talbot, philantrophist and wealthy land owner, donated the first piece of land to the National Trust (Dinas Oleu) in Barmouth, Southern Snowdonia which was to be for everyone, and instructions that it be protected forever

On site facilities include the Car park, toilets and a kiosk selling ice creams (weather permitting) You can even take your 4 legged friend on the beach 1st October to 30th April.

The land around Mwnt is packed with coastal flora such as pink thrift, blue squill and gorse with its heady aroma of coconut.

Mwnt is thought to to the site of an unsuccessful invasion by Flemings in 1155, and its defeat was long afterwards celebrated on the first Sunday in January as "Sul Coch y Mwnt". The name (Red Sunday) was given in consequence of the blood shed on that day. It is reputed that the bones of the defeated invaders would occasionally be visible under the sand when uncovered by windy conditions in the early 20th century.

Mwnt beach, Aberporth, Llangranog, Cymtudu, New Quay, Cei Bach, Aberaeron, Aberarth, Llannon and Llanrhystud were famous for smuggling as they are hidden creeks and coves along the Cardigan Bay coast.

Other National Trust locations in Mid Wales are:
Llanerchaeron, near Aberaeron, Ceredigion
Penbryn Beach
Powis Castle and Garden, Welshpool, Powys
Abergwesyn Common, Powys

Independent Businesses
4 Instagrammable places to visit

4 instagrammable places to visit in Mwnt

  • Watching the sunset from the top of Foel y Mwnt

  • We have the largest pod of bottlenosed dolphins in the UK. You can sometimes see them from the shore, but you can also take a boat trip out to the pod to get the perfect snap (but please remember you can't swim with them - this isn't Florida people ;) 

  • Mwnt Church - one of the most iconic shots around Mwnt is of the white church situated above Mwnt beach - take the perfect selfie from the top with the beach and church in the background.

  • Bucklist! - Walk a section of the Wales Coastal Path (the worlds ONLY continuous coastal path)

SA43 1QH (Sat Nav)

Mwnt Beach is about 4.5 miles north west of Cardigan, the southernmost town in Ceredigion on the Mid Wales coast. It is accessible from the A487 Coastal Way Route and you can also reach the beach by walking the local stretches of Wales' Coastal Path.

A trip down country lines will present dramatic views over Cardigan Bay upon arrival. To reach the beach there is a series of steps leading down to the sheltered sandy bay. 

 

Places to visit nearby........................

Wales Coast Path, Ceredigion

Wales Coast Path - Region D Ceredigion

Cardigan Bay, SA43 3ET (0 miles, 0 km)

Walking the 60 mile / 96 km Ceredigion section of the Wales Coast Path you will experience varied and often spectacular coastal landscapes - through wide tidal estuaries, beautiful sandy bays, isolated coves, and tiny villages.

Cardigan Castle

Cardigan Castle & Gardens

Green Street, Cardigan, Ceredigion, SA43 1JA (0 miles, 0 km)

Cardigan Castle is one of the most important castles in Wales - the first stone castle built by a Welshman and the birthplace of the first eisteddfod in 1176.

Tubing

Cardigan Bay Active

The Scout Hall Boat House , The Strand, Cardigan, Ceredigion, SA43 1EX (0 miles, 1 km)

We are currently able to offer activities on the land, on the sea and on the river which include: Bushcraft, Coasteering, River & Sea Kayaking, Rock Climbing & Abseiling and even White Water Tubing!

Cardigan

Cardigan/Aberteifi

Ceredigion, SA43 1JL (0 miles, 1 km)

The town of Cardigan sits on the border between Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire and provides a perfect base from which to explore what each county has to offer

Theatr Mwldan

Theatr Mwldan

Bath House Road, Cardigan, SA43 1JY (1 miles, 1 km)

With superb facilities for cinema, you can watch the latest releases and the very best of world cinema or choose from a range of excellent live shows… plus there’s a visual arts gallery, café and bar!

The Coach House

The Coach House

Shingrug, St Dogmels, Pembrokshire, SA43 3DX (1 miles, 1 km)

Set in the tranquil surroundings of St. Dogmaels Abbeythe Coach House Heritage centre brings the history to life through its innovative heritage interpretation. There is a beautiful cafe and gift shop.

Cilgerran Castle

Cilgerran Castle (Cadw)

Cilgerran, Cardigan, SA43 2SF (2 miles, 3 km)

Cilgerran Castle is a 13th-century ruined castle located near Cardigan. The castle is a National Trust property, in the guardianship of Cadw.

Coedmor Nature Reserve

Coedmor Nature Reserve

Cardigan, SA43 2SF (2 miles, 3 km)

The Coedmor National Nature Reserve was established to protect the ancient oak woodland on the northern and southern slopes of the Teifi gorge, just south of Cardigan.

Poppit Sands

Poppit Sands Beach

Cardigan, Pembrokeshire, SA43 3LN (2 miles, 4 km)

Poppit Sands has gently sloping sands and extensive dunes - it is the mouth of the Teifi Estuary and the start of the 186 mile long Pembrokeshire Coast path.

Cardigan Golf Club

Cardigan Golf Club

Gwbert-On-Sea, Cardigan, Ceredigion, SA43 1PR (3 miles, 4 km)

Cardigan Golf Club is one of the most startling of the unsung courses of Wales and is to be found high on a hill overlooking the Teifi Estuary at Gwbert, 2 miles from Cardigan.

West Wales Coast

Dragon Trails Walking Holidays

Parc y gors, Ponthirwaun, Cardigan, Ceredigion, SA43 2RH (4 miles, 6 km)

Guided walking holidays on the Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion Coasts with full board in an idyllic country house near Cardigan. Singles, couples and groups all welcome.

White Water Rafting

Adventure Beyond

Ceredigion & Pembrokeshire, SA43 3BU (4 miles, 6 km)

Adventure Beyond have been running adventure activities since 1977. We run a wide variety of activities across West Wales and the UK.

Mwnt Beach

Mwnt Beach

Cardigan, Ceredigion, SA43 1QH (4 miles, 7 km)

Mwnt beach is about 4.5 miles north of Cardigan. It is a haven for wildlife, one of the best places on the coast to spot dolphins and always popular for days out on the beach - enjoy this hidden cove’s golden sand and rolling waves.

Aberporth - Dolwen & Dyffryn Beaches

Aberporth - Dolwen & Dyffryn Beaches

Aberporth Ceredigion, SA43 2DD (6 miles, 10 km)

Aberporth, a pretty coastal village, shelters two beautiful sandy beaches named Dolwen and Dyffryn. Low tide comes complete with little rock pools on the sandy beach where children gather for hours of entertainment.

Aberporth

Aberporth

Ceredigion, SA43 2BU (6 miles, 10 km)

Set picturesquely overlooking two sandy beaches, the resort village of Aberporth is one of West Wales' most favoured family holiday locations.

Over the Rainbow

Over the Rainbow

Plas Tyllwyd, Tanygroes, Nr Cardigan, Ceredigion, SA43 2JD (7 miles, 11 km)

Over the Rainbow is a restored Georgian mansion, secluded in 18 acres of woodland and gardens. Hire the venue exclusively for small group holidays, family celebrations, civil wedding ceremonies, residential courses and workshops.

Tresaith Beach

Tresaith Beach

Aberporth, Ceredigion, SA43 2JL (7 miles, 12 km)

The small village of Tresaith, just to the east of Aberporth, overlooks this attractive sandy beach; popular for sailing and surfing; there are rock pools to explore and even a waterfall.

Internal Fire Museum of Power

Internal Fire Museum of Power

Castell Pridd Farm, Tanygroes, Cardigan, Ceredigion, SA43 2JS (8 miles, 12 km)

The Internal Fire Museum collection covers early oil engines through to gas turbines but with the emphasis on diesel power from the 1920s to the 1960s. Exhibits are displayed in as near to original working environment.

Penbryn Beach

Penbryn Beach

Llangrannog, Ceredigion, SA44 6QL (8 miles, 14 km)

Owned by the National Trust, Penbryn lies between Tresaith and Llangrannog, two other popular coves linked by the Wales Coast Path and a network of quiet wooded lanes.

Llangrannog & Cilborth Beaches

Llangrannog & Cilborth Beaches

Llangrannog, Ceredigion, SA44 6SN (10 miles, 16 km)

Originally a hidden village above the old port, Llangrannog is now a popular beach and together with Cilborth immediately to the north, provides a favourite destination for families on days out, beach holidays and with surfers.

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