Visit – Ymweld

The Ceridwen Centre is in an area that’s known as the Teifi Valley which is one of Wales’ best kept secrets; visitors will discover here a land of ancient language and traditions, of legends and kings, with lush countryside and rugged hills steeped in history, bustling market towns and country villages built beside the Teifi.

The Afon Teifi is the longest river which flows entirely within Wales, starting as a trickle in desolate mossy moorlands and entering Cardigan Bay seventy five glorious miles later.

For the adventurous, there are outdoor pursuits to follow. For others a relaxing stroll by the water or taking in the stunning views may be enough.

Excellent local produce – from sea, river and land – can be sampled in the area’s hostelries and restaurants. You’ll find a wide range of arts and crafts, galleries and studios throughout the valley and a warm welcome in one of the many and varied cottages, tipis, farmhouses, yurts, gypsy wagons or cabins available in the valley.

The river Teifi, famed for its fishing, runs to the mouth of Cardigan Bay and unites the three counties of Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire. For visitors, we have it all – blue flag beaches, world-class gardens, woodlands, castles and beautiful countryside. The scenery changes around every bend, inviting you to explore, and stay a while longer.

Below is a sample of the video – From Sea to Source –  the film made recently by TVTA (Teifi Valley Tourist Association) about the Teifi, an aerial view of all 75 miles of the river with commentary

 

But you don’t have to get in your car to see some local sights, many are within walking distance, which includes of course – the pub! Take a walk out of Ceridwen and you’ll see this is an area rich in relics of the Welsh woollen industry. It was once the heart of the Welsh woollen industry, with as many as thirty mills running over several square miles. Just a short walk into the village brings you to the National Wool Museum, an interactive treat of welsh life, culture and a once thriving heritage. The museum operates as a working mill and is a real trove of beautiful gifts. Woollen trails from and around the museum are well mapped and follow old drovers’ roads.

Also within walking distance is Saron golf course, it offers value for money, pay-and-play golf across 9 holes with 18 tees. The Teifi Valley Railway at Henllan is a narrow-gauge tourist railway only a short drive over the river and close to the West Wales Museum of Childhood.

Beaches are integral to a British family holiday and we’ve got so many you’ll be squabbling over favourites. With the Irish sea to our west and the Atlantic to the south, choose from sandy coves or immense long sands. Llangrannog and Tresaith both have ice-cream shops, cafes and pubs and are only 14 miles from Ceridwen. Cefn Sidan (to the south) is Wales’ longest beach with views over to north gower and still only 28 miles away.

What you’ll really notice here, is how green everything is compared to back home. Enjoy forest walks, walks over rolling green hills and walks up our leafy lane. Carmarthenshire is known as the ‘garden of Wales’ and the National Botanic Garden of Wales does this justice, with the world’s biggest single span glasshouse housing the best collection of mediterranean plants in the Northern Hemisphere. It easily rivals a similar but more well-known garden in the south of England. Ask us if we have any special 2 for 1 vouchers. Aberglasney House and Gardens is an ongoing independent project that features one of the most historically exciting gardens in the UK. The garden dates from the 15th century and new discoveries about its history are continually being made, the uncovering and restoration of an extremely rare Jacobean sunken garden has been the pinnacle.

The Welsh Wildlife Centre and Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve just outside Cardigan make up 264 acres of international conservation area. Amongst the well-maintained trails, the reserve is home to the natural habitats of otters, badgers, water voles and the more unusual water buffalo in the marshes around the estuary. The award-winning visitor centre completes the whole wildlife experience. Combine wildlife and landscape with a trip to Cilgerran Castle, overlooking the river Teifi down to a steep gorge, where canoe trips run daily from the Wildlife Centre nearby. To satisfy more wildlife hunger, consider a dolphin-watching trip from Newquay harbour where you can get the chance to see bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic grey seals and harbour porpoises in their own surroundings.

If you fancy an action-packed attraction for the kids, Folly Farm is a good all-round choice that will keep all ages happy, with animals, several rides and funky themed play areas. Oakwood is the nearest theme park for a dose of g-force. The Dyfed Shire Horse Farm and Cardigan Island Farm  Park are smaller attractions closer to the Ceridwen Centre.

For more recommendations visit the following tourist websites:-

Discover Carmarthenshire A comprehensive site – walking, fishing, cycling etc.  and Look out for vouchers giving you reductions on many attractions and activities.

Things to do in Ceredigion

Visit Teifi Valley

Vist Wales useful information about Wales  www.visitwales.com 

http://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Wales   More useful information about Wales

http://www.newcastle-emlyn.com Newcastle Emlyn Independent Town website

http://www.visit-carmarthenshire.co.uk Things to do in Carmarthenshire

http://www.pembrokeshire-online.co.uk/things_to_do.htm Things to do in Pembrokeshire.

http://www.visitwales.co.uk/upload/pdf/Car_Free_Days_out_in_Pembrokeshire.pdf – think about having a day out without the car

Local attractions

National Woollen Museumlearn more about the mills of Wales.  Wonderful for children, they have a great coffee shop, sell fab clothes and it’s free admission.

West Wales Museum of Childhood teddy bears, dolls, dolls houses, pedal cars, dolls prams, games, and the finest display of model vehicles in West Wales. Special displays include a period school room and Memory Lane, a trip through the whole twentieth century.

Teifi Steam Railway – The journey runs through woodland and then on to a steep shelf above the beautiful River Teifi.

Gwili railway – restored standard gauge steam railway running through a beautiful valley near Carmarthen

National Coracle Centre – A Museum and Workshop of Coracles from around the world set in the grounds of a 17th Century Flour Mill beside the beautiful Cenarth falls famed for its Salmon Leaps and 200 year old Bridge over the Teifi River.  Very entertaining.

Sea Safari” Boat trips from Dale

Dyfed Shires and Leisure Farm – Shire Horse Farm.

Theatre MwldanCardigan’s independent cinema & theatre – GREAT

Carmarthen’s cinema –  it opened recently – a bit corporate compared with Mwldan

Manor Wildlife Park or Anna’s Welsh Zoo – great for all the family

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Have a Go at Welsh

SOUNDS OF CONSONANTS

Most consonants are as in English, so it’s:
b,d, ff, h, l, m, n, p, s, t

The others follow these rules:
c k sound
ch ch as in ‘loch’
dd th as in ‘the’
f v sound
g as in ‘got’, not ‘general’
ng ng as in ‘sing’
ll put your tongue ready for ‘l’ but blow (‘Llanelli’)
ph ph as in ‘phone’
th th as in ‘thin’

Here are some words you can share with people you meet without causing any confusion!
SHWMAE
– How are you – this is a local colloquial way of saying it (shoo-ma-ee)
BORE DA – Good morning (boreh dah)
PRYNHAW N DA – Good afternoon (prun ha-oon dah)
NOS DA – Goodnight (nohs dah)
DIOLCH – Thank you (dee-olch)
HWYL – Bye (Hoo-eel)

Welsh place-names are easy to understand when you know how. They are descriptive,and echo a past when topography and landscape features were vitally important in navigation across land.
BRYN – hill (brynne)
AFON – river (ahv-on)
FAN – beacon / peak (van)
MYNYDD – mountain (mun-eeth)
CWM – valley (cwmb – the ‘b’ is silent)
LLAN – church or settlement (Llahn)
CAER – fort (kyre)
CASTELL – castle (cas-tell)
GARDD – garden (garth – but ‘th’ as in ‘the’)
– house (tee)
MAW R – large (mah-oor)
BACH – small (as in J. S. Bach)
ABER – mouth or confluence (abber)
PONT – bridge (pont)