Variety is the spice of holiday life
Castles, religious ruins, mines, tennis, 9 & 18 hole golf courses, canoeing, woollen mills, beach and rock fishing, boat trips, deep sea fishing – that’s what we call variety in a holiday area!
It’s difficult to know where to begin when you are based at Pilbach. Certainly one of your first ports of call should be the small village of Aberporth, beautifully situated on Cardigan Bay and ideal for sailing. It is one of the nearest resorts to the park with lovely sandy beaches and safe bathing. Other nearby beaches are to be found at Penbryn, Tresaith, Llangranog, Mwnt and New Quay, with its picturesque harbour.
Cardigan is not too far away and is well worth a visit. Pleasantly situated on the river Teifi, it offers a wide choice of shops and restaurants. Higher up the river Teifi, some six miles from Pilbach, is Cenarth with its magnificent waterfall. The Teifi is also famous for its fishing – including salmon and trout – making it a popular pastime in this beautiful area.
Travelling south, the holiday resorts of Tenby, Saundersfoot, St. Davids and Fishguard can also be reached within the hour. Fishguard also has a car and passenger ferry to Rosslare.
To the north, the well-known holiday and university town of Aberystwyth can also be reached within the hour, as can Tregaron, the gateway to the Cambrian Mountains.
A truly natural world
For those who enjoy the natural environment, our lanes during spring are adorned with wild flowers such as cowslips, orchids and primroses. The cliff-top paths of the Cardigan Heritage Coast and Pembrokeshire are also a riot of colour. The sea below supports a nationality renowned grey seal population, cavorting porpoises and the only resident family of bottle-nose dolphins in Wales or England. For bird lovers, the Red Kite can be seen most days, with many other species to be seen on the cliffs and paths. And nothing beats walks along the cliffs or on the banks of the river Teifi and in the Preselis hills – all a photographer’s dream. The Preselis are also the hills from which the Blue Stones of Stonehenge originated.
Cardigan Bay – Aberporth Beach
The village of Aberporth bustles with activity in the summer. It boasts two sandy sheltered beaches with rock pools exposed at low tide. Ceredigion’s Beach Officer Lifeguard Service normally establishes patrolled bathing areas daily.
Cardigan Bays is home to one of only two resident groups of Bottlenose Dolphins in the UK. Estimates to the number of Dolphins in the Bay vary but a figure of 127 is often quoted, it is possible to spot dolphins almost anywhere as you explore the beautiful coast of Cardigan Bay.
Llangrannog is an excellent beach all year round. Popular with families, surfers or just for relaxing and watching the world go by from the many excellent cafes and pubs. You can choose from traditional pub food overlooking the sea, or home made ice cream at the beach cafe.