Activities & adventure in West Wales

Blaencwm Cottages and Glamping provide an excellent base for exploring the local area. We are within a 15 minute drive of Cardigan with its restored castle, wildlife-spotting boat trips, cinema and choice of shops, pubs and places to eat (see below), and also Cilgerran, home to The Welsh Wildlife Trust, the 13th century castle and the picturesque Gorge, a lovely place to walk, fish or canoe on the River Teifi.
The North Pembrokeshire beaches of Poppit Sands and Newport Sands are just a 20 minute drive while on Cardigan Bay, we recommend the beautiful beach and dolphin-spotting point at Mwnt. Walking, mountain biking, and horse riding are all available in the Preseli Hills and the coast offers activities such as golf, kayaking, surfing and coasteering. Or if you are feeling a little less energetic, you could try the Gin and Whiskey tasting experiences at In the Welsh Wind Distillery in Cardigan or a stroll around the lovely independent antique shops in the lovely town of Narbeth.
It’s only about half an hour to the major family attractions of Folly Farm and Oakwood Theme Park. Further afield, St Davids, Tenby and The National Botanic Garden of Wales are all within an hour’s drive.

Local Attractions/Activities

Theatr Mwldan lovely theatre in Cardigan with live shows and latest cinema releases

The Loft activity centre (many indoor attractions for the rainier days) for all ages

Folly Farm Children’s Farm and Adventure park

Oakwood Theme Park

Cardigan Island Coastal Farm Park

Dyfed Shire Horse Farm

Beaches Galore

Poppit Sands This is the closest beach to us and is a favourite with our dog Archie.  There is a large dog-friendly area which is open all year-round.  The water is shallow and therefore ideal for families and paddling. There is a large car park (free in the winter months) and a lovely little cafe run by Crwst – doughnuts a speciality ! (15 minute drive)

Aberporth There are two sides to this beach and one side is good for dogs all year round.  Also great fish and chips to sit and eat whilst watching the sun go down.  (25 minute drive)

Newport A huge expanse of beach, where there is a lovely cafe serving delicious ice creams and drinks or there is also the Cat Rock Cafe. There is a large car park and you can even drive right onto the beach. (20 minute drive)

Tresaith Another lovely beach and great to combine with dinner at The Ship Inn.  There is also a waterfall right from the cliffs above. Lots of dolphins are spotted from here too.  There is a car park (with an honesty box payment system) at the top of the hill and then a short walk down some steps to the pub and the beach. (25 minute drive)

Llangrannog Now this one really is stunning, with cafes and shops right up to the beach itself.  (30 minute drive)

Mwnt Bit of a windy road route to get there, but definitely worth the effort. It is a fairly compact beach and there are a number of steps to get down to it, but really beautiful and winner of several awards. There is also a car park at the top which is free in the winter months. (25 minute drive)

New Quay Not the Cornish town, but very similar in style.  Lots of places to eat and drink and some quaint shops too.  Plenty of parking. (40 minute drive)