Cwmtydu, a Seaside Award winning beach, is very prettily set with a quiet beach and natural harbour that was once a traditional smugglers’ hideaway. The beach is flanked by cliffs dotted with caves that were once used to hide French brandy and precious salt until they could safely be ferried inland on horseback.
The caves and rocks are known locally as ‘Seals Bay’. There are an estimated 5000 grey seals in west Wales and their pups are born September to December. Seals spend 80% of their time submerged but can often be seen on the rocks at Seals Bay resting between their feeding excursions.
Cwmtydu’s pebble beach has rockpools and is excellent fishing for huss, dogfish, bass, dabs, codling, flounder, plaice, wrasse, gurnards and the occasional tope.
There are two ways at getting to Cwmtydu, by car or the healthy way ...walking.
The beach is of stone and sand with rocks either side,
you can swim in this area but only with caution.
Atlantic Grey Seals can sometimes be seen with their pups in amongst the rocks
from August on, these should not be approached at any time.
A small cafe is open in season where you can purchase drinks,
hot, cold snacks and take-a-ways. Two car parks are available on the
sea front free and another on the approach road two hundred yards
before reaching the beach
Directions by Car
Leave New Quay on the A486 towards Cross Inn, when you come to the public house at Cross Inn, about two miles you come to cross roads.
Go straight across for one mile, you to come a junction with the
The Crown PH opposite you, drive passed the Crown,100 hundred
yards pass the pub turn right down to Cwntydu (two half miles)...
drive slow as this road is very narrow in places as you can see in the video
Cwmtydu’s recently restored old lime kiln was originally used to burn limestone brought by boat from Pembrokeshire and Cornwall for use by farmers as fertiliser for the land.