New Quay: the Dylan Thomas trail
Dylan Thomas only lived in New Quay between 1944-45, but the town makes much of this year in his life. 'The Dylan Thomas New Quay Trail' takes you through some of the places in the town associated with him, including, of course, a good many pubs. The town is said to be the inspiration for Llareggub (try writing the word backwards!) of Under Milk Wood - though I believe many other places think likewise! He certainly made a start on the play while he stayed here.
Dylan Thomas and his wife Caitlin lived in a bungalow on the outskirts of the town. They left town when a neighbour machine gunned the place.
His favourite pubs in New Quay were said to be the Black Lion and the Seahorse - Caitlin preferred the Dolau. I have to say that the town was being buffeted by extreme winds and rain on our visit so the only option was to take refuge in a pub. We went into the Penwig Hotel because it had a certain Dylan Thomas ring to it. Great views of the bay from its windows - we saw a seal - and very fresh fish and chips.
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Cardigan bay - legends of a sunken land
The lovely bay sweeps for over 40 miles - a wild place, not over-developed by tourism.
There is a local story of a an land lost to sea: land now under the waters of the bay. The story of the 'Sunken Hundred'. They say you can hear the church bells of a lost village ringing under the waves of Cardigan Bay. Certainly you can see remains of a sunken forest at Borth Sands when the tide is low.
The bay is an important site for Bottlenose Dolphins and Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre in New Quay runs dolphin-watching trips You may also spot Atlantic Grey Seals and Harbour Porpoises.
Picture is of the lovely Mwnt bay, owned by the National Trust. For more information about beaches in this area, I recommend this link
All these places are a very easy drive and quite easy bike ride from the Vardo (Romany caravan) where we stayed.
What is there to do in Cardigan?
Cardigan is a friendly town on the Teifi estuary, full of attractive Georgian and Victorian buildings; there is a lot to see including this otter statue, the river and..umm.. a castle mound dating back to C11th. (OK, Ok, maybe that should be 'quite a lot to see'!)
There's a laid back, atmosphere - somehow practical and slightly hippy-surfy at the same time! - which makes it a nice place to visit.
There's a good covered market selling local products, a gallery, a fine cinema and some great places to eat and drink. Try the Black Lion Hotel on the High St: lovely wooden 'linen fold' panelling. It is an old place but has a roomy and airy feel to it. It does Bed and Breakfast, has pleasant staff and serves great cawl (Welsh vegetable soup).
Cardigan was once a thriving port - the Heritage Centre (entrance fee about 2 pounds) will tell you about the history of the area.
There are several festivals through the year including Coracle racing (a traditional type of boat) .
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A very early and very happy memory is of beach. A kind platonic ideal of how a beach should be - soft demerara sand, rock pools with bright coloured creatures, really salty sea and energetic strips of seaweed twining round my legs.
It is named after the River Saith that cascades over the cliffs onto the sand.
45 years later I came back to Tresaith, on one of the wettest windiest days of the year. It was still possible to see what a lovely place this is. The Ship Inn looked very inviting but the owner was trying to get a dray delivery sorted out in the howling gale, and we were so wet after a few minutes on the beach, that we pressed on, vowing to return.
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