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General Info On Cardigan Bay

Cardigan Bay is a large, shallow, sandy bay enclosed on three sides by the Welsh mainland, bounded by Bardsey Island in the north and Ramsey to the south. The coastline is varied and never less than fascinating. The Pembrokeshire coast, with its complex geology, is particularly varied, offshore stacks, natural arches, and the occasional secluded sandy beach, make a walk along the coastal path an exciting experience.

Cliff tops are vibrant in August with the purples and yellows of heather and gorse. Springtime brings drifts of colour which extend well into summer, including the blue of spring squill, the pink of thrift and the yellow of kidney vetch. Other wild flowers, butterflies and songbirds like the linnet and stonechat add their vivid presence to the cliff-tops, often in sharp contrast to the grass monoculture just inland. At Pen-deri, south of Aberystwyth, remnants of prehistoric oak woodland clothe steep coastal slopes.

 

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