Mwnt is an idyllic spot on the Ceredigion coast, with sweeping views across Cardigan Bay from the summit of the conical hill (Foel y Mwnt) that rises above the sandy sheltered beach. The beach itself is reached by steps alongside a tumbling stream.
Mwnt, including the beach, is one of several sites managed by the National Trust in this area. A kiosk sells snacks and ice cream.
Dolphins and other wildlife spotting at Mwnt
Mwnt is located within the Cardigan Bay Special Area of Conservation, protected for the diversity of its wildife. Mwnt is an ideal place to spot bottlenose dolphins, basking sharks and porpoises.
The unique geology of Foel y Mwnt is also a habitat for unusual plants and lichens, whilst rare arable plants can be found in the surounding fields, cultivated by several generations of farmers.
There was once a large stone cross on the top of Foel y Mwnt, a possible marker to the pilgrims arriving to visit the ancient holy site. The picturesque and startlingly simple 14th century Church of the Holy Cross (Eglwys y Grog) served as a sailors’ chapel of ease, and was a welcome refuge for medieval pilgrims en route to the patron saint of Wales' shrine at St Davids, mystical Strata Florida Abbey in remote Elenydd in the Cambrian Mountains, or Bardsey Island in North Wales.
In 1155 invaders from Flanders unsuccessfully made a raid on Mwnt in a bloody event commemorated today as Mwnt Red Sunday (Sul y Coch y Mwnt).
Wales Coast Path
Mwnt is located on one of the most varied stretches of the Wales Coast Path, about 4.5 miles (7.2 km) from the historic market town of Cardigan.