There are many fantastic beaches along the West Wales coast. Here is a selection of the closest to Penbontbren.
Penbryn is a village on the coast of Ceredigion in Wales, some ten miles up the coast from Cardigan. It consists mostly of farms and caravan sites. Penbryn Beach is owned by the National Trust and was used for location filming for the James Bond film Die Another Day.
Near the village is the Corbalengi Stone, a monument of the Early Christian period inscribed: "CORBALENGI IACIT ORDOVS". "Ordovs" is generally agreed to be the local tribe the Ordovices but "Corbalengi" is not found elsewhere, and there are many theories as to the significance of the inscription.
Tresaith is a coastal village in the Welsh county of Ceredigion. Tresaith is between Aberporth and Llangranog; it is linked to by a two-mile coastal path. Situated in West Wales, Tresaith is part of the Ceredigion Heritage Coastline which – although not as well known as the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park – offers similar walking and views. There is an abundance of wildlife and flora. Many kinds of seabirds can be spotted and regular sightings of grey seals are made.
Cardigan Bay is most famous for its resident bottle-nosed dolphin population. Dolphins can be sighted most days of the summer from the beach at Tresaith.
There is an active sailing club in Tresaith, the "Tresaith Mariners" with a mixed fleet of dinghies and catamarans. Visiting sailors are welcome to join in. Racing takes place on most Sundays throughout the season, with a safety boat on hand. Tresaith is a popular location for surfing too. In the right conditions, sets can reach 2 metres in height. Winter time provides best conditions for enthusiastic surfers. There is a surf shop close at hand to cater for all equipment needs or post-surf refreshment.
Aberporth is a village in Ceredigion on the west coast of Wales. It lies at the southern end of Cardigan Bay about six miles north of Cardigan and ten miles south of New Quay approximately 1 mile west of the A487, on the B4333. The picturesque village overlooks two sandy beaches and is one of Ceredigion's favourite holiday destinations, proving popular with tourists throughout western Europe.
Rock pools are exposed at low tides and the cliff top walks along the Ceredigion Coast offer extensive views. Bottlenose dolphins are seen frequently close to shore. In 2006 orcas and harbour porpoises have also been seen but such sightings are rare. Even rarer was a turtle seen in 2005. Sunfish and Basking sharks are often seen offshore in the summer. Aberporth is a popular recreational fishing village in the summer and is also popular with divers and boating people. It has 2 good beaches and has been awarded a blue flag for its beaches several years running due to the high water quality found in this area.
Llangrannog is a small, coastal village and seaside resort in Ceredigion, Wales, seven miles south of New Quay. According to the United Kingdom Census 2001, the population of Llangrannog was then 796 people. Also, the census reveals that 51.8% of the population speak Welsh fluently, with the highest percentage of speakers being in the 15-19 age group, where 100% are able to speak Welsh.
It lies in the narrow valley of the little River Hawen, which falls as a waterfall near the middle of the village.
Mwnt is a very small community and ancient parish in south Ceredigion, Wales, on the Irish Sea coast about 4.5 miles from Cardigan. It gets its name from the prominent steep conical hill, a landmark from much of Cardigan Bay, that rises above the beach.
It was the site of an unsuccessful invasion by Flemings in 1155, and its defeat was long afterwards celebrated on the first Sunday in January as "Sul Coch y Mwnt". It is said[by whom?] that the bones of the defeated invaders would occasionally be visible under the sand when uncovered by windy conditions in the early 20th century.
The Church of the Holy Cross (Welsh: Eglwys y Grog) is an example of a medieval sailor's chapel of ease. The site is said to have been used since the Age of the Saints, but the present building is probably 14th century. It has an example of a 12th or 13th century font made of Preseli stone. Mwnt was a civil parish in its own right for several centuries, but before the 17th century it was a detached chapelry of the parish of Llangoedmor. Since 1934, it has been part of the parish of Y Ferwig.
The beach, but not the church, is owned by the National Trust who exercise a conservation remit over both. The Irish Sea off Mwnt is rich in wildlife, being a regular sum