Cwm Tydu to New Quay west Wales

Map: Explorer 198 or pathfinder 988 New Quay and Aberporth

Distance 4 miles or 8 miles circular
Approximate Time 2.5 [5] hours

Cwm Tydu Beach with path on headland to New QuayDescription From the smugglers cove of Cwm Tydu to the caf├ęs, pubs and lively harbour of New Quay. [and back inland to complete the circular walk]



Start Cwm Tydu car park overlooking the sea.

Check out this site for accommodation along the west Wales coast. This path is suitable for lightweight walking shoes at most times of year.

The route

    1. Cwm Tydu – a perfect picnic spot below the old lime kiln or why not walk out the first half mile to the stunning views across to the Lleyn peninsula. The walk is steep at the beginning start but soon becomes more level to give clear views of the path ahead, dropping into tiny coves and up again onto the cliff paths,
    2. Seal Bay – October is the best month to see the young seals, but older seals can often be seen basking in the sea. This stretch of the coastline is very quiet and it is possible to see adders and slow worms sunning themselves on the path.
    3. Bird Rock – A site of special scientific interest with colonies of nesting birds.
    4. Coastguard Station – at most times of year the path here is full of wild flowers from thrift early in the year to sea campion in the summer.
    5. New Quay – Here you can enjoy welcome refreshments overlooking the sea or the chance to take a boat trip to see seals and dolphins. From the town follow the road uphill to a large public house at Penrhiwllan and here turn right to follow the lane to Coybal Farm.
    6. Byrlip – The pathway runs alongside the larger house and towards the duckpond with stunning views across to the sea. An old green lane then leads to your left and into Byrlip woods, at the right time of year full of snowdrops, wood anemones and a waterfall set deep in the woods. The path is then sign posted back to Cwmtydu.
    7. Map available here