Cilgerran Things to Do
The award winning Visitor Centre stands amid nearly 300 acres of the West Wales Nature Reserve, close to the marshes and riverbanks of the River Teifi. Constructed from sustainlable materials and energy efficient it houses, on three floors, the information point and shop; educational and historical displays; and on the top floor the cafe. A lift...more
An area on the riverbank, where slate was once quarried, has been cleared and transformed into a an idyllic picnic area. We were taken there by a friend who was born and bred in the area and spent a lifetime working there as a civil engineer. Follow the narrow, winding lane off the High St. to the Riverside picnic atra.There is a small carpark -...more
The first time I visited this castle many years ago it was in the care of the Ministry of Works and Ancient Monuments and was in need of renovations and presentation. It is unusal now in that it is listed in the National Trust Handbook and is in the Guardianship of CADW. Many improvements have been made here including access. So members of either...more
This cafe/restaurant lis ocated on the third and top floor of the Wales Wildlife and Nature Reserve visitor centre . Its position ensures panoramic views over the marshes and woodlands of the Reserve towards the town of Cardigan.On sunny days a table outside on the will really take you to the tree tops! The cafe can be accessed by lift or by the...more
The Castle Kitchen is a favourite restaurant of the friends we were with and that was where we headed for lunch - only to be disappointed. We could not eat there - it was a Wednesday so it was CLOSED!However I am including it here because I know the standards and tastes of our friends and respect their recommendations. We studied the menu which...more
We came here after parking in the carpark across the road. There were friendly words and smiles of welcome from the few people around the bar . One of our small group is disabled and was treated most kindly,as she was helped to her seat - and again when she decided to eat in the garden, and again when she found it too hot in the sun and we returned...more
Cilgerran Local Customs
Coracles and coracle races.
The use of small boats, so light that the fisherman - or woman - carry them strapped to their back is particularly associated with this part of Wales and with Cilgerran and nearby Cenarth Falls.
But these little boats were in use throughout the British Isles in pre-Roman days. Today their use has declined - kept alive by enthusiasts and preservation societies. But they are still to be seen in many parts of the world including India and Vietnam.
Traditionally made from willow and hazel and covered with animal skins, now a woven fabric like calico waterproofed with pitch or tar, may be used. I remember seeing any number of them in use in the 1950s, catching salmon on the river at Cenarth Falls and on the Dee in North Wales. The men in them did not look too different from those ithe old photo here.
The revival of interest in maintaining ancient crafts has resulted in courses being held in the Ironbridge area of the Severn River .
In 1950, just as their use was beginning to die out annual coracle races were established in Cilgerran on the Teifi . They still take place every year on the 3rd Saturday in August.
Cilgerran Sports & Outdoors
The Preseli Circle Walking Trail
This is a long distance walk of 67 miles.
We have only had small/medium sized bites of it with second helpings of some, usually picking it up somewhere in the loop.
To do it properly start in Goodwick/Fishguard , continue through the Gwaun Valley, across the Preseli Ridge to Crymych, Cilgerran and St. Dogmaels. This is where you join the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path for the last 9 miles back to Fishguard.
Friends - keen walkers who spent their honeymoon walking the coastal path - took 10 days to complete the walk soon after it was launched as a trail in 4 or 5 years ago.
You will need a good map like OS Explorer OL35 and or pick up a leaflet from any local tourist information office in the area - and a list of places to stay if you plan to complete the circle.!
Not all the waymarks bearing the trail logo are clearly visible; the one show alongside the River Teifi at the Riverside Picnic area in Cilgerran is attached, low down on a wooden stump and has weathered !