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A family day at Mwnt beach, Cardigan bay, Wales

After a few days just the four of us, a day at Devil’s Bridge and a rainy pyjama day at cosy Barbara House – the gorgeous coastal Sykes Cottages place we stayed in – my Dad joined us for a day out in Cardigan Bay, Wales. The sun shone, so we decided to head for a National Trust beach I had seen mentioned in a list of Top UK beaches in The Guardian. It was about 40 minutes from our cottage in Llanon, you need to look out for sign posts and follow the map closely as it is a tiny turn off to this secret beach.

A family day at Mwnt beach, Cardigan bay, Wales

We missed Penbryn, the beach before it, also owned by The National Trust, and ended up at Mwnt. I think it was fate, this was one of the best days, made even more special by the tiny kiosk selling home made barabrith and Welsh cakes, and by the tiny chapel, and the breathtaking views from the top of the hill above the chapel. I took some of my favourite photos of the whole trip on this hill and beach. Here is a gentle introduction!

 

Just so happy to be with two of my favourite boys!

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Cake has never tasted so good.

A family day at Mwnt beach, Cardigan bay, Wales

Love this selfie this pair took.

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A family day at Mwnt beach, Cardigan bay, Wales

I love how fascinated Max was with the view across to Ireland, I forget sometimes he is Irish, so maybe it was a homing instinct, or just the smell of the sea?

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These are my favourite shots of the whole trip, they really put the sweepingly beautiful Cardigan Bay into perspective.

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This one puts the tiny chapel in more perspective.

A family day at Mwnt beach, Cardigan bay, Wales

So stunningly white against the blue skies.

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Aberaeron

After a lovely morning we decided to head to Aberaeron, a gorgeous multicoloured coastal town on the way back to Llanon. It is a foodie’s paradise and we enjoyed a gastro pub style feast at The Harbourmaster, which Alistair Sawday lists in his Special Places to Stay, and I highly recommend for families. The giant rocks along the beach are also great fun for leaping on, and you must try honey ice cream at The Hive in the harbour too.

Dinner at The Harbourmaster, Aberaeron, Cardigan Bay, Wales

Dinner at The Harbourmaster, Aberaeron, Cardigan Bay, Wales

Dinner at The Harbourmaster, Aberaeron, Cardigan Bay, Wales

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Need to Know 

Barbara House, Sykes Cottages

We stayed in Barbara House, as guests of Sykes Cottages, You can read more about our adventures here and here.

Home made Welsh cakes and tea on  the beach, a tiny chapel and breathtaking views, followed by coloured houses in the harbour and a gorgeous meal. A perfect family day out at Mwnt Beach and Aberaeron, Cardigan Bay, Wales.

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