The sandy beach at Patch (near Gwbert) is the nearest beach to Cardigan town and is south-west facing. The tide around this rugged part of the coast can drastically change and swimming is not advised, so rather than a family beach, it has a reputation for sailing, sea-fishing and extreme sports. Nearby, steps cut into the rock offer access down to Cowley beach and an enclosed small bay.
Gwbert is a great place to spot visiting basking sharks and even orcas or minke whales as well as plenty of birdlife. Many choughs live in holes in the cliffs, and the coast at Gwbert is also home to gannet, razorbill, guillemot, Manx shearwater, black-headed gulls and fulmars. At low tide a variety of wading birds can be seen here in the estuary and during summer months many dozens of Canada geese can be seen daily heading north over Gwbert towards the Dyfi estuary marshes and returning each evening. These feral geese reside in the Teifi estuary and valley.
A Bay to Remember run boat trips to see the wildlife off the coast from the Teifi Boating Club jetty at Gwbert, as well as from Cardigan.