Blue Flags fly over most of Ceredigion’s most popular beaches again for 2018. Borth is good for swimming and about 35-40 minutes drive away. A prehistoric forest, an eerie landscape including the trunks of hundreds of oaks that died more than 4,500 years ago, was revealed at low tide by the ferocious storms of February 2014 which stripped thousands of tons of sand from beaches in Cardigan Bay. The forest of Borth once stretched for miles on boggy land between Borth and Ynyslas, before climate change and rising sea levels buried it under layers of peat, sand and saltwater. Nearby is Ynyslas which is no good for swimming because of currents but is a dream place for running with sea-loving dogs! It is sandwiched between a long sandy beach in Cardigan Bay and the beach in the Dyfi Estuary. The area between the sea and the estuary beach is made up of the Ynyslas Sand Dunes which are part of the Dyfi National Nature Reserve and home to many rare plants and animals. The sands of the estuary beach can be driven onto and parked upon. The nature reserve has a visitor centre with toilets and a small shop. Tresaith is beautiful and not to be missed…well worth the drive but get there early for easier parking. The Afon Saith stream cascades over the cliff edge at the right-hand end of the beach. There’s fabulous rock-pooling as well as a cafe, a bucket-and-spade shop and the Ship Inn which sells decent pub grub and craft beers from the Brains brewery. As you will have read above, Llangrannog Beach is beautiful and rated in the top 50 UK beaches for 2018 by The Sunday Times. Also check out the Beaches.
Glansevern Hall – Stunning gardens near Welshpool (Closed in 2017 so check online before visiting)
Llanerchaeron NT – 18th century Welsh gentry estate
Where ever your Welsh Hideaways holiday, there will be lovely private gardens opening for the National Open Garden Scheme on their open days or by arrangement to suit you. Www.ngs.org.uk