The best in the west: Holiday ideas!

If you're staying with us at fforest, you will no doubt have a busy itinerary already planned: snoozing in front of the woodburner, sweating it out in the sauna, drinking Welsh beers in the Bwthyn, eating delicious food in the lodge or venturing out to the Pizzatipi, exploring the surrounding fields & woodlands or staring blissfully into middle distance. Exhausting. Meanwhile, for the super energetic, all around us are some fantastic walks, beaches and places to visit whilst you’re staying with us at either fforest, Manorafon or the Granary Lofts. So we've put together some easy guides featuring some of our favourite local spots to help you with your adventure planning.

Aberaeron & Newquay

Explore Llanerchaeron mansion and the Aeron valley, pop into picturesque Aberaeron for lunch at the Harbourmaster (sit in the bar and have, crispy cockles and the crab linguine!!) then grab a honeycomb Icecream from the Hive before and stretch the legs along around the quayside deciding which boat you’ll have when you win the lottery…! Jump in the car and stop atthe Lime crab in Newquay for chips if you can fit them in?!

Llanerchaeron National Trust
The Hive
Sea Mor boat trip
Lime Crab chippy, New Quay

Aberporth & Tresaith

Enjoy the beach or walk along the cliff path over to Tresaith (for a pint in the Ship) and back. The Boy Ashore is our beach shack cafe and restaurant serving delicious simple takeaways in the day and really tasty seasonal plates in the evening.

The Boy Ashore (Open May halfterm & summer holidays)
Accessible, easy coastal path walk (spot dolphins)
Blue flag beaches at Aberporth & Tresaith (waterfall)
Hire a sea kayak

Llangrannog & Penbryn

Walk from Penbryn over the spectacular cliff path (expect a few hills) to Llangrannog for a pint in the Pentre and our favourite chip shop The Beach Hut.

Beach Hut
Plwmp Tart
Coastal path Ynys Lochtyn


Growing as a new favourite spot of ours. Take a walk on either side of the iron bridge, either along the Parog or along the north side of the estuary and to the beach. Swing back past Pwnc for tasty lunch and great coffee or a great pub lunch at the Golden Lion?

The Preseli Hills are just behind Newport and we recommend a walk or drive up either Carningli the mountain road (park at the top) or over the Bedd Morris road.

Coastal path walk
Golden Lion
Castell Henllys
Preseli Hills
Celtic Quest Coasteering Blue Lagoon

fforest to Cardigan to Mwnt

Close to home and a great local day out. Walk into Cardigan trhough the wild life reserve for some brunch/lunch, the Pizzatipi is great any time of day for all ages, bakery Bara Menyn is our favourite spot for brunch but Crwst and Stwidio 3 are just as great.

Take a boast ride with Dai up the estuary and learn about the history of the town on a vintage fishing boat. Walk on either Mwnt and see more miles or stretch the legs on Poppit?

Finish the day watching the sun go down with Pizza and some great drinks at the Tipi.
N.b. Pizza twice a day is fine

Mwnt beach
Bara Menyn
Stiwdio 3
Dai Crabs boat trip
Teifi Marshes walk & Glasshouse cafe
Heritage Canoes
Poppit beach
Bay to Remember boat trip from St Dogmaels

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