New Quay And The Ceredigion Coast
This is a circular 6 mile (9km) walk with 271m of ascent along footpaths, woodland tracks and a section of the Ceredigion Coast path.
This is a wonderful opportunity to walk a stunning and dramatic section of the Ceredigion Coast path starting out from New Quay, no not the well known Cornish version but the picteresque fishing town, famous for its links to the Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas and the model for his village called Llareggub in ‘Under Milk Wood’.
We head out from the car park located above the town to reach the Penrhiwllan Inn which is where we turn off from the A486 to start heading towards the coast. After about 2km the track eventually reaches Byrlip Farm. From here we begin our descent into the lovely wooded valley of Afon Soden, home to the rare species of the pearl bordered butterfly. We will take a short diversion to see a beautiful waterfall at Cwm Soden hidden amongst some oak woods.
After exiting the woods we catch several glimpses of Cardigan Bay as we descend down to Cwm Silio, a lovely cove wherer we can stop for some refreshments. This is where we join the Ceredigion coast path for our return route to New Quay. This is an exciting section of the coast path that twists and turns with dramatic cliff top views ahead which look spectacular in all the different light conditions. Eventually we reach the cliff top lookout post offering panaromic views towards Ynys Lochtyn and Cardigan Island in the far distance. From here we may see bottlenose dolphins or atlantic grey seals which are regular visitors to Cardigan Bay. Next up is Birds Rock or Craig-yr-Adar, the most important seabird colony in Ceredigion where we could see Kittiwakes, Choughs, Guillemonts Fulmars and Razorbills. The coast path narrows considerably here with dramatic steep drops to Birds Rock and requires a head for heights.
Soon after Birds Rock we begin our descent into New Quay, a charming and often busy tourist destination with its quaint narrow alleyways. It was once an important herring fishing and shipbuilding centre in the 18th century. Here we can grab a coffee or an ice cream depending on the season and sit on the harbour wall admiring the pretty colourful town houses and beach views before heading home.
Parking is available at Church Road Car Park (Start point).
There is one very exposed section of the cliff top path but this can be avoided if required as there is an alternative diversion for anyone who suffers from vertigo or is afraid of heights.
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