Although it has a history dating back to the 6th Century, Aberporth grew dramatically from the 16th Century onwards when it became a subsidiary port to Cardigan, taking in nets, boats and salt from Ireland. Over the centuries it developed into a thriving port for other goods such as lime and coal. Fishing also became a big part of its heritage, most notably the herring trade. At its height Aberporth boasted at least 20 herring boats, going to sea regularly. But the overfishing saw herring stocks decline and by the beginning of the First World War they were depleted. Fishing boats are still launched from Dyffryn beach today, but now for lobster and crab.
Traeth Dolwen (Dolwen beach), on the southern side of the bay, is popular during the summer months because of its family friendly nature. During the summer season there are patrolling RNLI lifeguards, toilet facilities and no dogs allowed. The second beach, Traeth Y Dyffryn (valley beach), also known as Traeth Y Llongau (ships beach), is the larger of the two beaches, and is where the river Howni ends its journey and flows into the Irish sea. This beach is also popular as it is dog friendly all year round. The beaches are split by a small rocky headland called Pen Trwyn Cynwyl (tip of Cynwyl’s nose). Cynwyl was a Celtic warrior Saint, who is said to have come to the area in the 6th Century. Legend has it that he is one of only seven people to have survived the battle of Camlann, the last battle of the legendary King Arthur.
During low tide the two beaches merge as one, as it becomes possible to walk around Cynwyl’s headland. The rock pools exposed during this time offer children, and supervising adults, a time to explore and discover the aquatic treasures left behind by the receding sea. The two coves are sheltered by large headlands on either side, making the beaches popular for water sports, in particular surfing and kayaking. On Boxing Day the local tradition sees a crowd take to the sea for a refreshing dip.
The village benefits from a whole host of amenities such as a village shop, a pharmacy, a post office, a Primary school, laundrette, hairdressers and hardware store. There are also an abundance of places to eat and drink. There is the beautifully placed Cwtch Café, a perfect place to enjoy an ice-cream whilst taking in the breathtaking views. You can enjoy a delightful home cooked meal at the The Ship Inn or just pop in for a pint and relax whilst watching the sunset over Cardigan Bay, or there’s the more casual Mwgamor Barbeque Shack on Dyffryn beach, where you can grab a drink, a burger and perch on the shorefront to unwind. Check out this page for a more comprehensive list of places to eat and drink.
Aberporth sits on the Coastal Way path between Tresaith, to the north, and Mwnt, to the south. Please click here for more information.
Another notable fact about the village is that it is close to the area’s largest employer, a Ministry of Defence base managed by QinetiQ, for the testing of air launched weapons and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). Nearby is the independently owned ParcAberporth, a technology park developed on the former R.A.F base, and also West Wales airport.
Aperporth is also home to the beautiful Penrallt Country House Hotel. It is a recently refurbished Edwardian Mansion, dating back to the 1600, set in 30 acres of beautiful grounds with stunning sea views.
Traws Cymru have a bus service that is run hourly from most of the local towns and villages on the Ceredigion Coast route. For time tables and locations of bus stops please follow the following link: Traws Cymru T5 bus route.
For the Cardi Bach bus service, which operates through the coastal villages during the summer please click here.