The Teifi Valley flows along the borders of Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire, in the heart of south West Wales. It contains some of the most beautiful scenery in Wales, yet is very little known. The river Teifi is 75 miles long, and runs from the mysterious Teifi Pools, (the Llyn Teifi) 1500 feet up in the West of the Cambrian Mountains, down to the sea at Cardigan (the Welsh name for Cardigan, Aberteifi, means the mouth of the river Teifi).
Along its journey there are spectacular white water gorges, stunning waterfalls, lazy shallow pools flowing over gravel beds, lush water meadows and cool green wooded tunnels. The whole area is teeming with wildlife, from the Salmon and Sewin in the river itself, to the Red Kites soaring high above.
There is plenty to keep the visitor occupied; the area is a paradise for walkers, cyclists, fishermen and bird watchers. There is canoeing at Llandysul and Cilgerran. There are 6 or 7 beautiful unspoilt beaches within easy reach, with cliff walks, cafes and pubs, and soft golden sand. You can often spot dolphins and seals out at sea, and even take a boat from Newquay to watch them.
Each of our delightful market towns and villages along the way have an interesting tale to tell with most of the traditional architecture still untouched.
Our accommodation is all individual and welcoming and its owners have chosen to settle in the Teifi Valley from all parts of the world as they have been enchanted by the peaceful untouched location, and the immense history and traditions still around today.
There are many attractions to visit from castles, museums, farmers' markets, and craft people. You may prefer walking or bird watching and in the evening being entertained with a glass of wine in your hand by our beautiful star lit skies - a rare opportunity in today's light polluted cities.
Our Teifi Valley awaits you - come and enjoy our secret and let it share with you its hidden delights.
Accommodation, Activities and Attractions
There is a wide range of accommodation available for holiday stays in the Teifi Valley. With B&Bs, self-catering from 1 to 36 guests, camping and caravan sites the Teifi Valley has it all.
Carmarthenshire is deservedly known as "The Garden of Wales" with the National Botanical Gardens at Llanarthne within easy reach for a day out.
Other local attractions include: The Museum of Childhood, the National Wool Museum, the Teifi Valley Steam Railway, the Dolaucothi Gold Mines, the Red Kite Centre at Tregaron, the Wildlife Centre at Cilgerran, with its otters and water buffalo, and the renowned falls and National Coracle Centre at Cenarth.
There are plenty of castles and ruined abbeys in the area - Cilgerran Castle and Newcastle Emlyn are both on the River Teifi, Strata Florida Abbey is located close to the source of the Teifi, and there are the Standing Stones in the Preseli Mountains, including the famous Pentre Ifan burial chamber.
Crafts and Events
Many artists and craftspeople have chosen the area as their home, as you might expect in such a beautiful area - many are open to visits in their Studios, and there are several craft shops and Galleries that stock local arts and crafts, such as the Makers Mark in Newcastle Emlyn, and Pendre Arts Gallery and cafe in Cardigan.
If you fancy having a go yourself, you can visit the Craft Studio at Waunifor, Maesycrugiau, where you can try your hand at a variety of crafts, including pottery, felt making and mosaics, to name but a few.
However, a large proportion of regular visitors to the Teifi Valley come just for the peace and quiet, the stunning scenery, the tranquility, (mobile phone signals are at best patchy!) - the space to simply be, to be able to think clearly, to rediscover the real you - away from the noise and stresses of everyday life.
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