Your holiday can be as active or as chilled out as you want it to be – there are many places in the area that will cater to your every whim.
In Adventure Beyond in Llandysul you can take part in coasteering, white water rafting, gorge walking and raft building. Big groups can do the Bike & Three Peaks challenge (covering Wales by bike) or the West Coast Challenge (paddle the River Teifi, jog the coastal path, and navigate the Preseli Hills). There’s also the llanddysul paddlers club and canoe centre if you want a bit more fun or theres the Teifi Valley Railway (Henllan Station, Llandysul SA44 5TD) if you’d rather have a chill out.
Perhaps if you’re looking for something suitable for little ones, we highly recommend Folly Farm, although, plan a whole day for this!
Cardigan Bay plays host to a range of water sports, such as sailing, power boating, and keel boating, together with windsurfing, water skiing, kayaking and paddleboarding. It’s not uncommon to find yourself alongside the bottlenose dolphins that make their home in the Bay, which has the largest population in Europe. Boats also launch from Cardigan with A Bay to Remember, catering to all ages and abilities, with wheelchair-accessible boarding on modern, purpose-built vessels. There is also Bluelagoon waterpark, which has a fun wave pool, lazy river and outdoor bubble pool – great fun for the whole family.
Nearby New Quay, with its sweeping sandy beach, Victorian-era stone pier and history of shipbuilding, is a picturesque town with a marine wildlife centre. You can also take boat trips from here with SeaMor. New Quay is close to the smuggler’s cove at Cwmtydu (which is dog-friendly all year round).
There are various golf courses in the area (with clubs in Cardigan, Aberystwyth, Carmarthen and Newport) for those who prefer their activities to be undertaken at walking pace. For those seeking the fun of the fair, families will find Oakwood Theme Park, which includes a collection of rides for all ages and Dahland (the park’s newest themed area, based on the writing of Roald Dahl).
Ceredigion is part of the Wales coastal path, covering 60 miles of the world’s first uninterrupted walking route along a national coastline. Cover the space between the Teifi and Dyfi estuaries (a World Heritage site) whilst cwtching the frontier of the Snowdonia National Park. The path has challenges for the seasoned walker but can also be tackled by those seeking a gentle walk.
The beach at Mwnt often tops the charts of secret, hidden places. It’s an ancient holy site, and provides another opportunity for dolphin spotting. Climb the circular hill and take in the spectacular, all-encompassing views across the Bay or visit the medieval sailor’s chapel of ease with its wooden beams and Bronze Age foundations.
If you’re a fisherman, the area provides some great fishing courses, one of which can be found at Llanarth Coarse Fishery. Situated in a secluded valley, the Carp Pond covers 2 acres and stocks catches of up to 100lbs, whilst The Canal is 400 yards of Tench, Crucians, Skimmers and Roach. Anglers can use the pole and the whip, conventional rod and reel, or fly.
A great way to experience the scenery is on horseback, and there are several riding schools in the area. In Llandysul, the Bryndulais Riding Stables provides lessons for children and adults; picnic rides for experienced riders, and hacking. Alternatively, if you’d like something that moves a little faster, Trail Ride Wales takes you over scenic routes and can provide off-road motorbikes if you don’t have yours with you.
Penbeili Cottages are best placed to provide you and your family with not just a holiday, but an experience you’ll remember for a lifetime.