New Quay, Ceredigion

It’s sunny again as we leave Dolgellau.

We are moving further south, along the coast road to the seaside town of New Quay, in Wales not Cornwall! I didn’t realise that this place existed until we planned the trip.

We are staying at Ty Rhos Farm, which is just over a mile up a steep hill from the harbour. It’s a small site and very quiet with only two vans already there when we arrive early afternoon.

There’s a nearby yellow rain warning  and lots of heavy rain forecast for Saturday and Sunday so we want to make the most of the dry weather.

The Ceredigion coastal path is not far from the campsite so we set off to walk to New Quay the long way around the headland to the harbour.

The route is a bit muddy at the start around the gates and stiles but dries up once we are on the coastal path. The views of the coast are great. It’s up and down with plenty of gorse around in flower. At one point the route narrows to less than a metre wide width a sharp drop off. Not somewhere to be in a gale. T takes that route but I go along the top to avoid a down and up bit. I do prefer the flat but you don’t often get flat coasts!

An old coastguard lookout now used for bird watching
T on the low road leading to a very narrow bit of the coastal path
Amazing swirls

It’s just under 2.5 miles into New Quay and I’ve got my jacket around my waist by the end of it, those hills really get the blood pumping.

It’s down down down into New Quay harbour passing many holiday flats and houses. We wander along the harbour wall and get a great view of the lovely sandy beach, boats and pretty New Quay where many of its houses are painted in bright colours. We can see huge static caravan parks across Cardigan Bay all pointed out to sea.

View back to the headland
Blue flag beach

After a wander around we have a drink in the Penwig pub right by the harbour.

The Penwig

We work our way up the steep hill first stopping at the Black Lion where we enjoy fab garlic bread.

Next is the lively Seahorse pub before more hill climbing to the Penrhiwllan Inn which is at the corner of the main road and the road to our campsite. We enjoy dinner here. It’s full of English sounding customers. We thought they may be holiday makers as there’s a couple of large static caravan parks near here but in fact we’re told that they’re locals and most of the sites are closed at this time of year. A final 0.7 mile push up hill back to the van. Another good day before the bad weather sets in!

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