Information on the area: Waunifor is located between the tiny Welsh villages of Maesycrugiau and Llanfighangel-Ar-Arth, in the heart of the Teifi Valley amidst the green hills and wooded valleys of West Wales. There is a whole variety of attractions and activities in the area.
COASTLINE AND BEACHES: Less than thirty minutes drive from Waunifor will bring you to the beautiful coast of Cardigan Bay with its unspoilt beaches (Newquay, Llangrannog, Cwmtydu, Tresaith, Penbryn, Mwnt, Aberporth), newly opened 60 mile Ceredigion coastal footpath and charming harbour towns and settlements. The award winning clean, uncrowded beaches are wonderful to visit throughout the year. More information on beaches.
The beaches of Carmarthen Bay and Pembrokeshire are also within easy reach.
ATTRACTIONS (local to Waunifor)
Teifi Valley Steam Railway,Henllan Station, Henllan, Newcastle Emlyn, SA44 5TD. Tel: 01559 370077: Miniature train ride. Station tearooms and Railway Gift Shop, Woodland walk and children’s play area. Website.
Norwood Gardens, Llanllwni, SA39 9DU. Tel 01559 395386: A fascinating 3 acre garden with tea rooms.Website.
Cae Hir Gardens, Cribyn, Lampeter. SA48 7NG. Tel 01570 471116. A wonderful 6 acre garden full of charm including bonsai gardens, wild and cultivated areas. Excellent tea room. www.caehirgardens.com.
Rock Mill Woollen Mill, Capel Dewi, SA44 4PH. Tel 01559 362356. Grade II listed mill, the only remaining waterwheel powered commercial Woollen mill still working in Wales built in the 1890’s by the great grandfather of the present owner. Tapestry bedspreads, blankets, throws, rugs, ties & shawls for sale.Website.
National Woollen Museum, Drefach Velindre, SA44 5UP. Tel 01559 370929. Flagship museum exploring the woollen industry which was once a thriving industry in Wales. Website.
The Welsh Quilt Centre, Town Hall, Lampeter. SA48 7BB. Displays of historic welsh quilts. Open 7 March - 31 October. Website.
Dolaucothi Gold Mines, Pumpsaint, Pumsaint, Llanwrda SA19 8US. Tel 01558 825146. National Trust owned Roman gold mine. Guided tours of underground workings and exhibition on gold. Experience gold panning. Website.
Llanerchaeron Country House and Gardens, Cilau Aeron, near Aberaeron, SA48 8DG. Tel 01545 570200. National Trust 18th century welsh gentry estate designed and built by John Nash with two kitchen walled gardens and extensive parkland walks. Events held throughout the summer. Website.
New Quay Honey Farm Cross Inn, Newquay, SA44 6NN. Tel: 01545 560822. The largest bee exhibition on Wales located in an old chapel, an audio visual presentation about the life of the honeybee, shop, tearooms and Meadery. Website.
Cardigan Coastal Farm park, Gwbert, Cardigan SA43 1PR. Coastal farm park with farm animals, small zoo, play area and large café with exhibits from Techniquest Science Museum Coastal walk to see the seals.Website.
Welsh Wildlife Centre, Cilgerran, Cardigan, SA43 2TB. Tel: 01239 621000.: Attractive nature reserve with glasshouse Café and gift shop. Otter trail, water buffalos, badger & squirrel trail. Website
Castell Henllys Iron age Fort, Meline, Nr Crymych, Pembrokeshire, SA41 3UT. Tel: 01239 891317. Replication of Iron Age fort built on ancient site. Website.
National Botanic Gardens, Llanarthne, Near Carmarthen, SA32 8HF. Tel: 01558 668768: National Gardens of Wales. 568 acre garden with walled gardens, ornamental features, Great Glasshouse, Japanese garden and children’s farm. Website.
Aberglasney Gardens Aberglasney, Llangathen, SA32 8QH. Tel: 01558 668998. Aberglasney House has one of the finest gardens in Wales, a garden lost in time. Website.
Gwili Steam Railway, Bronwdd Arms Station, Carmarthen. SA33 6HT. 01267 238213.
Operates a standard guage preserved railway with steam trains along a 4/12 mile track (due to be extended soon). Special events throughout the year. Cafe set inside 2 railway carriages.Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014 Website
Wickedly Welsh Chocolate Factory: Withybush Road, Haverfordwest. SA62 4BS. 01437 557122.Visitors can smell, touch, see and even hear chocolate. Vistiors can see expert chocolatiers at work, learn fascinating facts about the history and production of chocolateand taste all kinds of delicious goodies including our unique shots of pure liquid chocolate, as well as enjoy chocolate pizzas in the Cafe. Website
If sitting on beach is not for you then there are a wide variety of outdoor activities to try.
Walking - There are many lovely walks all around this area. You can either stay close to Waunifor or venture further afield such as exploring some of the 60 mile Ceredigion Coastal Path. Website.
Canoeing - Llandysul Paddlers (just a few miles away in Llandysul) offers kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing, gorge walking and coasteering and has just opened a new canoeing lake close to the River Teifi.Website.Tel: 01559 363209.
Adventure Beyond - Llandysul. 0292 1252761/0778 7123761 Coasteering, white water rafting, climbing, gorge walking, bushcraft, surfing, tubing. Website
Pony Trekking - Blanka Trekking, Llanwllni. SA40 9SJ. Tel:07980 868994. Website
Riding School - Woodland View, Rhydcymerau. Tel 01558 685828/07900 191736
Sailing and Sea Kayaking - Located on New Quay beach they offer dinghy sailing, power boating, windsurfing and kayaking for all levels. March – October. Website.
Dophin watching Boat Trips – Newquay 1 and 2 hour trips run regularly along the coast and often dolphins and seals can be seen.Website.
Llain Activiity Centre, Llanarth, Near Newquay SA47 OPZ. Tel 01545 580127. Adventure course, team building, orienteering, climbing & abseiling, canoeing and sailing.
Golf Courses - The nearest golf courses are at Saron, Plwmp, Cardigan and Carmarthen.
Cycling The local area is popular with cyclists and Waunifor is located directly on the Sustrans route 82. Website link.
Mountain Biking Nearby Brechfa Forest is home to three of the world’s best mountain bike trails: The Gorlech (Red), Derwen (Blue) and Raven (Black). Website.
Other Activities: Birdwatching: This is a great area for birdwatching and you will often see the majestic Red Kites or Buzzards swooping overhead as your travel around. Click in the following link for information about birdwatching along the Teifi Trail. Birdwatching
CASTLES There are more castles in Wales than any other country.
Cardigan Castle is just reopening after a huge renovation project. Carreg Cennen, near Llandeilo is in a stunning location with a cave underneath. Kidwelly Castle, is an impressive 12th century catle. Newcastle Emlyn only has a few remaining walls left but is in a picturesque grassy site overlooking a loop on the River Teifi. Laugharne Castle was established in the early twelfth century as an earthwork and is located close to the town with many pubs and cafes in the picturesque location made famous by Dylan Thomas.
This area has a very high proportion of artists and crafts people, and this is reflected in the amount of galleries and craft shops selling unique locally made arts and crafts. There are also many local producers of fine foods, with an emphasis on the natural, organic and traditional methods of production, these are often available from the farm gate (or makers premises) and local markets as well as shops.