Find the nearest Seaside Award in Ceredigion
Seaside Award beaches in Ceredigion. 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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..
- 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.
- 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.
- New Quay Harbour Beach is a small and sandy beach that is sheltered by the harbour wall. The harbour itself has a number of small pleasure craft and a few fishing boats. Dolphins can often be seen around the harbour walls and there are boats offering dolphin/seal viewing trips out to the bay. Facilities include lifeguards in the summer, toilets, parking is limited close to the beach but more is available a short walk into the New Quay.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.