Cwmtydu Beach Cardigan Bay

Photo Cwmtydu Beach Cardigan Bay - Francis Crompton
Photo Cwmtydu Beach Cardigan Bay – Francis Crompton

Cwmtydu Beach – the place to see the seals

The small cove of Cwmytydu in it’s deep wooded valley is surrounded by high pastures where you may well see wild ponies. The restored lime kiln marks the back of the beach which is commonly supposed to have been used for smuggling. A number of cafés and lovely cliff walks make Cwmtydu popular with walkers, and the beach is easy to access for launching kayaks. The Ceredigion Coast Path drops down into Cwmtydu by descending along the valley side and then returning to the coast to climb up towards New Quay.

The beach and coves around Cwmtydu are a popular place for seals to rear their pups, it is important to stay clear of the pups and keep dogs away from them especially in September and October when the mothers may by out at sea waiting for the area to be clear before bringing food to the seal pup. The can be observed from the coast paths and even the car park.

Cwmtydu Lime Kiln
Cwmtydu Lime Kiln ©Chris Andrews
On the Ceredigion Coastal Path and near the car park at Cwmtydu you can still see one of the many like kilns still in place along the Cardigan Bay coast. Prior to the 20th century lime was used to enrich the soil in this largely agricultural area and was used in building work. Limestone blocks were brought in bulk by sea from places like Milford Haven in Pembrokeshire and landed on the sandy beaches of the Cardigan Bay coast ready for burning to turn it into a usable material. There is further information on the history of lime kilns and a Lime Kiln Trail here.
Cwmtydu Beach Cardigan Bay Cafe - photo by Francis Crompton
Photo Cwmtydu Beach Cafe Cardigan Bay – Francis Crompton

Facilities at Cwmtydu

Awards Bathing Yes
Type of Beach Pebble Café No
Car Park Yes Sea Angling Yes
Toilet Yes Dogs Yes
Disabled Access No Refreshments Yes


dog friendlyNational Trust Beach

* Dogs are prohibited from sections of certain beaches between 1st May and 30th September under the local byelaw. The restrictions do not apply to a guide dog accompanying a registered blind person.

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