Aberporth is a pretty coastal village overlooking two beautiful, sheltered, sandy beaches Dolwen and Dyffryn. Traeth y Dyffryn is a sandy Blue Flag beach and is patrolled by RNLI lifeguards between July and September. It is a firm favourite holiday destination. Little rock pools are exposed at low tides and cliff top walks above the village offer extensive views out to sea.
Aberporth - a proud maritime heritage
The village of Aberporth grew around the narrow rocky spur of shale, known as Pen Trwyn Cynwyl, which separates two sandy beaches.
A variety of 19th century sailing craft such as smacks, brigs and schooners were able to take advantage of the shelter of Aberporth bay to supply the village with essential goods. The ships landed on Dyffryn beach, the larger of village’s two beaches, which became known as ‘Traeth y Llongau’ – the ships’ beach. The ships would be beached as the tide reatreated and would be ready to leave on the next high tide.
Today, Aberporth has an active sailing community and an annual celtic longboat regatta is held each September.
St Cynwyl was a Celtic saint, who came to the area from Northern Britain in the 6th century. Cynwyl is mentioned in the Mabinogion story of Culhwch and Olwen, and is said to be one of the three men to escape from the battle of Camlan, King Arthur’s last battle. The parish church dedicated to St Cynwyl is one of a group of Anglican churches in the Diocese of St Davids, and is usually open during daylight hours.
Cardigan Bay herring - an Aberporth delicacy
Aberporth was once famous for its herring, which came in large numbers to feed and spawn in the shallow waters along the coast of Cardigan Bay. Fish were caught in nets set out from the rocks and from sloops in the bay.
Aberporth herring were reputed to have a special flavour that created demand from as far afield as the mining towns of South Wales.
There’s an old rhyme in Aberporth that goes:
Sgadan Aberporth, dau fola ac un corff.’ Aberporth herrings, two bellies and one body
‘Sgadan Aberporth - dau enaid mewn un corff’ Aberporth herrings, two souls in one body
Herring was so important to the economy of Ceredigion that it appears on the county’s coat of arms.
Dolphin spotting at Aberporth
Bottlenose dolphins are seen frequently close to shore and orcas and harbour porpoises have been spotted. Sunfish and basking sharks are frequent offshore visitors in summer.
Aberporth became the first village in Wales to become 'plastic free' , with businesses and residents contributing to the campaign.
Pen Trwyn Cynwyl is a great spot for spotting dolphins, as is the clifftop path between Aberporth and Tresaith.
The Ceredigion section of the Wales Coast Path at Aberporth follows the coastline south to Tresaith and has a level stretch, adapted with the less mobile in mind.
The nearest Tourist Information Centre is at Cardigan and if you're looking for somewhere to stay in Aberporth, see our listing of VistWales quality graded accommodation.