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Rock pools, sea caves and waterfalls

The Ceredigion coast is noted for some amazing rock formations, and features created by the combined forces of seismic movements, ice and water.  Different coloured, layered and folded mudstone are often seen with white splashes of quartz through them. Foel y Mwnt is a distinctive conical outcrop of shale and folded mudstone. Due to the high calcium levels in the shale, colourful lichens thrive in the pure air.

Join a guided walk, or take time to explore the rockpools at Aberporth, Tresaith, Llangrannog, Cwmtydu, Llanon, Llanrhystud and Aberystwyth and discover the range of species from seaweeds and shellfish such as limpets, whelks, periwinkes and mussels, to starfish, crabs, prawns and small fish. 

There are several waterfalls along the Ceredigion coast, the most distinctive of which is probably at Tresaith where a waterfall cascades over the cliff to the beach as a result of a glacier diverting the course of the river Saith 10,000 years ago. Another 150ft waterfall appears after heavy rain at Craig Ddu near Cei Bach, to the north of New Quay, whilst another waterfall accessible along the Ceredigion coastal path tumbles over rocks to the sea at Wallog.

Llangrannog and Cwmtydu have striking contorted folded rock fromations where caves have been carved out by the sea.  These were once used by smugglers to hide and store their contraband goods.

The caves, some of which are underwater, are also a favourite site with Atlantic Grey Seals for sheltering their new-born pups.

Many caves and waterfalls are best and safely viewed from a boat  - regular trips are available from New Quay and Cardigan.