Nearest Seaside Award Beaches Ceredigion
Seaside Award beaches in , Ceredigion, United Kingdom. Unlike the Blue Flag beach award, each country also has its own seaside award to signify a good standard of beach and facilities. The awards evaluate a beach on water quality, information displays, environmental management, safety and services.
Below we list the current Ceredigion beaches that hold a Seaside Award.
- The North beach at Aberystwyth is a sloping sand and shingle beach within a sheltered bay. During the height of summer donkeys and amusement rides along the promenade ensure that there is plenty of entertainment for children. All the facilities of being in the centre of a large town including seasonal lifeguards.
- Tywyn beach is a long seafront backed by a promenade and grass areas. The beach is sand and pebbles backed by sand dunes, stretching 7 km of the Welsh coast line, from Tywyn town in the North, to the harbour at Aberdyfi in the south. The beach is west facing and is popular with surfers, bodyboarders and windsurfers. Facilities include car parking, toilets, promenade with shelters and benches, amusement arcades, cafe/restaurant and slipway.
- Mwnt beach is a secluded sandy bay situated within Cardigan Bay and looks out onto the Irish Sea. The beach is owned and maintained by the National Trust. Mwnt gets its name from the steep conical hill, which is a landmark of Cardigan Bay. From the clifftop walks you may get to see Bottlenosed Dolphins, Seals and Porpoise. Facilities include small cafe and shop, disabled toilets and a campsite. The beach is backed by high cliffs and accessed by a series of steps.
- Dolwen Beach in New Quay is also known as New Quay North beach. This is a small sand and pebble cove on the sea-ward side of the New Quay’s harbour wall. At low tide the beach provides plenty of sand and is popular for swimming, kayaking and surfing. Car parking and all the facilities within New Quay town and the beach is accessed from the town by a series of steps.
- Tresaith beach is a small sandy beach set within a sheltered sandy bay, a popular family beach with safe swimming and rock pools to explore. You also have a small second beach that can be accessed by passing below a waterfall that flows down the cliffs onto the beach. If you do choose to go to this beach then keep an eye on the tides so that you don’t get cut off. Tresaith is on the Ceredigion Coast Path and some good walks are available on this Cardigan Bay stretch, if you are lucky you may see some dolphins and seals in the bay. Facilities include toilets with disabled facilities, seasonal lifeguards, cafe, pub overlooking the beach, beach shop and slipway. Parking can be hard to find spots in the high season.
- Borth beach is sand with a pebble bank at the high tide mark. The beach is 3 miles long with rock pools and intersected by groynes that provide good natural windbreaks. Swimming and surfing is safe on Borth beach but if you walk up towards Ynyslas beach and the estuary then it becomes unsafe due to the currents. Skeletal stumps of oak, birch, willow, hazel and pine trees, remnants of the Forest of Borth, which was buried under peat, sand and saltwater more than 4,500 years ago, and can be best seen at low tide along the beach. Facilities include parking and lifeguards in the summer.
- Llanrhystud beach is a 1 km stretch of sandy beach ideal for families and good for swimming. The high water mark consists of a shingle bank. Small car park but parking is allowed on the pebble bank behind the beach. More facilities available within the caravan park or back at the village.
- Clarach Bay is a sand and shingle beach although a large sandy beach is exposed at low tide. This is a westerly facing beach approximately 500 metres wide and is sheltered by shale cliffs on either side. Clarach Bay is connected to Aberystwyth by a mile long nature trail which on clear days offers outstanding views across Cardigan Bay. Facilities include limited parking, summer lifeguards, shop and food outlets, children’s amusements and holiday park..
- Aberystwyth south beach is a sheltered sand and shingle beach sandwiched between the castle and the harbour breakwater. Popular surfing location “harbour trap”. Although, can become crowded. All the facilities of being in the centre of a large town, car parking at harbour, castle or in the town, summer lifeguards.
- Cilborth beach is a small sandy beach sitting under steep cliffs to the north of Llangrannog. The beach is sheltered and has a distinctive large rock on the shore’s edge. Access to the beach is either via the cliff and a steep flight of steps, or from Llangrannog beach to the south when the tide is low.
- Penbryn beach is a mile long rural sandy beach owned by the National Trust that is backed by cliffs and a dune system. The beach is situated in an unspoilt area of Cardigan Bay and on the Ceredigion Coast path. No parking by the beach as the end of the track just has a turning circle. Parking is at the farm approximately 400m from the beach. You have two choices to walk to the beach either down the lane or along a path through a nice wooded area. At the farm you have a cafe, shop and toilets.