New Quay

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New Quay, Ceredigion 

Before you leave

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Start and end your journey at New Quay harbour. There are numerous pay and display car parks in New Quay town.  The panel location can be found on Google Maps


Walk route:  5km / 3 miles

Extended walk: 3km / 2 miles from Llanina Point via inland road back to New Quay harbour.

Nigel Nicholas, Wales Coast Path Officer highlight

"New Quay is full of history and during the 18th century, it was notorious for its smugglers!  Vessels carrying illegal cargo into Cwmtydu and Cei Bach would moor out at sea and in the dead of night small rowing boats would go and collect fine wines and spirits".

Route information

Start by walking east along the harbour wall enjoying views out to Cardigan Bay. Then head to the Wales Coast Path panel, which is situated in front of the main public toilets.  Use the Wales Coast path app on your mobile device (smart phone or tablet) to see the smugglers go about their secret lives and discover more about New Quay’s  past.

Further along the sea front, visit the official half way point of the Wales Coast Path, marked by a beautiful maiden sculpture that will blow you a kiss to wish you luck on your journey.  

You can also visit the RNLI lifeboat station and Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre.  Walk along the beach where hundreds of sloops, schooners and large barques were built until you reach Llanina Point with its wonderful views back to the ‘cliff perched town’.

Want to go further?

Either follow the same route back or turn inland along the river Llethi and return along the road.  Look out for Majoda, now a bungalow but originally a little shack where Dylan Thomas lived and wrote “Quite Early One Morning”, which developed into Under Milk Wood.

Along the way

The dolphins and harbour porpoises of Cardigan Bay are a spectacular sight…..keep your eyes peeled on a calm day and if you’re lucky, you’ll see them playing!

Plan your visit

Go to our Plan your visit page which has useful information on public transport and an interactive map to help you plan your visit.

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