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Beach:Cwmtydu Beach



Cwmtydu is a very attractive and quiet beach that was once a harbour used as a traditional smugglers’ hideaway. The beach is flanked by cliffs and lined with caves that were once used to hide French brandy and precious salt until they could safely be taken inland on horseback.

The caves and rocks are known locally for being a favourite haunt of seals. There are an estimated 5000 grey seals in west Wales and their pups are born September to December. Seals spend 80% of their time submerged but can often be seen on the rocks at Seals Bay resting between their feeding excursions. Please do not approach seals and their pups.

Cwmtydu’s pebble beach has rock pools and is excellent fishing for huss, dogfish, bass, dabs, codling, flounder, plaice, wrasse, gurnards and the occasional tope.

Cwmtydu’s recently restored old lime kiln was originally used to burn limestone brought by boat from Pembrokeshire and Cornwall for use by farmers as fertiliser for the land. ​North of Cwmtydu also lies Castell Bach with the remains of a 3rd century BC iron age fort.

Car parking, toilets, dogs welcome.


Aberaeron TIC


New Quay,
SA44 6LQ


Plan route to Cwmtydu Beach using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SN 356569  Lat: 52.18615 Long: -4.40606

Turn off the A487 Aberystwyth to Cardigan road for the A486 New Quay road. At Maenyroes, left where signed to Llangrannog, go through Nanternis and right where signed for Cwmtudu. Continue on this lane (narrow and with some steep hair-pin bends) to the beach

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 28 miles from Aberystwyth station