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Things To Do in Wales

Out and about in Cardigan Bay

Beaches

Your holiday cottage is seven miles from the West Wales coast. There are beaches to suit all tastes in Cardigan Bay - sandy beaches for families, smugglers coves with caves and rock pools, and pebble beaches accessible only to walkers.

Wide expanse of Ynyslas beach

"We have fallen in love with this part of Wales - we can't wait to come back!"

Melanie & John, Essex

Walking

There are opportunities for walkers of all levels of experience and fitness - cliff top walks along the Ceredigion Coast Path; inland walks through river valleys of the Teifi, Aeron, Ystwyth and Rheidol; hill walks in the Cambrian Mountains. Maps and lots of walks guides are provided.

Have a look at our Facebook page for photos of some of our favourite walks.

View over Melindwr valley from Nant yr Arian

Adventure Activities

Get out on the sea in a kayak, head down a river in a canoe, climb a rock face or a tree, with Cardigan Bay Active and Adventure Beyond. Cycle secret trails in the Cambrian Mountains and learn new mountain biking skills with West Wales Trails. Explore the uplands on a 4x4 adventure with Cambrian Safaris.

Places of Interest

The colourful Georgian coastal town of Aberaeron, with independent shops and a great choice of restaurants, is 20 minutes away. Nearby Aberystwyth is home to the Vale of Rheidol steam railway and modern Arts Centre. History lovers can go back in time at Ceredigion's historical sites like Cilgerran Castle, Strata Florida Abbey and Llanerchaeron House. For all things woollen, visit the National Wool Museum and Jane Beck Welsh Blankets.

Scampi and chips

" Lovely, peaceful cottage… we explored by road far and wide across the Cambrians – such beautiful, wild places! Cottage is very comfortable and warm. Welcoming touches like flowers are a delight. I have enjoyed my stay in your lovely sty-cum-cattle byre – it has been so beautifully converted. The atmosphere has been so peaceful.”

Mrs Thirlaway, Newbury

 

Wildlife

Our smallholding is blessed with a wide array of bird species as we are surrounded by grassland so you can bird spot from your cottage. Alternatively, head to RSPB Ynys-hir reserve, home of BBC Springwatch 2011 to 2013, or visit the Dyfi Osprey Project and Welsh Wildlife Centre. Cardigan Bay is known as the Dolphin Coast, and if you book a trip with Bay To Remember or New Quay Boat Trips you may spot bottlenose dolphins and grey seals.

Boats in New Quay harbour on an early summer morning

Cycling

Ceredigion has dedicated routes for the independent cyclist such as the Ystwyth Trail and the Rheidol Cycleway. There is a bike hire centre and shop a 10 minute drive from Banceithin, and a circular cycle route passes the end of our drive heading to Aberaeron. Mountain bikers are catered for at the Nant Yr Arian Forest Visitor Centre. Or just enjoy exploring the lanes around Banceithin - route 1; route 2 (with thanks to Richard & Elizabeth for all their pedalling!).

"Fantastic cycling in the lanes with no cars for hours on end!"

Alex & Hannah, Bristol

Food & Drink

Our local real ale pub Rhos Yr Hafod is 3 miles away in the village of Cross Inn, where you'll also find the village shop. Follow your nose (and stomach) around the Taste Trail; try the Harbourmaster or Hive in Aberaeron; head for Y Talbot in Tregaron; wend your way to Y Ffarmers; or tuck into a box of mackerel goujons & chips from The Lime Crab in New Quay!

Tractors lined up at the Vintage Show

Golf

The golf courses in Ceredigion include both parkland and coastal links. The Penrhos Golf and Country Club is just down the road and has a challenging parkland course that ascends to give great views out over Cardigan Bay.

Angling

Fishing opportunities in Cardigan Bay include coarse fishing lakes suitable for the hobby angler and challenging river fishing. Day tickets are available from Tregaron Angling society for fishing the River Teifi for brown trout and salmon or in mountain trout lakes at Teifi Pools. The beaches along Cardigan Bay are excellent for sea fishing, whether from along the coast on out at sea on a fishing trip.

You'll find more photos of walks and other attractions in the local area on our Facebook page.

" Congratulations on your cottages: only superlatives can describe this place. Thank you for the warm and open welcome and the gifts. Banceithin is a fantastic starting point to discover Wales. We loved the panoramic views, the beautiful nature the good food and most of all the friendly and warm people Welshmen and women seem to be."

De Roeck Family, Belgium

Astronomy

We are in one of the areas with the darkest skies in the UK, so if you're an astronomer bring your telescope to take advantage of our fantastic celestial views. A star chart is provided in each cottage for all us amateur star gazers who just want to find Orion's Belt and marvel at the brightness of the Milky Way.

5 star self catering grading award Green Tourism Business Scheme Gold Award Banceithin features in Alistair Sawday's Special Escapes Green-Tourism Goldstar winner 2013 Cyclist Welcome Award Walkers Welcome Award