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Mwnt beach

Mwnt has been voted a top beach on countless occasions. Acclaimed by the Daily Mail in 2011 as one of "Europe's top ten loveliest, hidden beaches", and selected by Country Life as a great place for a picnic, Mwnt was also recognised as one of the National Trust's top 'Special Places' in 2014 according to a public vote. Need we say more?

Mwnt Beach - Discover Ceredigion

Mwnt Beach

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.

  • ​ Seaside Award 2019
  •  Green Coast Award 2019
  •  Car park
  •  Toilet
  •  Diabled toilet
  •  Lifesaving equipment
  •  Navigation by-laws in force
  •  Dog restriction 1 May - 30 September