A walk from Cardigan to Poppit Sands,
A moderate 12.5m summer stroll along the Afon Teifi (River Teifi)
(Photos © urban75, June 2009)
On a cracking June afternoon, we set off from our campsite, walked along the old railway line into Cardigan and then followed the River Teifi up to where it flows into the gorgeous Cardigan Bay at Poppit Sands.
The path doesn't follow the river all the way (part of it was also being repaired), so we had to follow the road towards St Dogmaels/ Llandudoch before getting back to the river level.
Looking back towards Cardigan, with the Teifi at low tide.
We grabbed a picnic here, close to Llandudoch and overlooking the river.
The 'Blessing Stone' or 'Carreg Ateb' (Answering Stone).
The stone is reputed to have been used in pre-Christian times and is believed to have been a cap stone of a cromlech (prehistoric megalithic structure).
If you stand on the stone and call out, you hear a clear single echo from the other side of the river.
Looking east across the River Teifi.
Approaching Poppit Sands, which is a large, sandy beach at the estuary of the River Teifi.
Poppit Sands is a popular gathering spot for surfers and boogie-boarders, Poppit Sands slopes gently into the sea, so you can walk a long way out without getting out of your depth, although there are unpredictable currents at the far end of the beach.
Developed from the Gwbert Inn, the Cliff Hotel was built around 1889 by local business man Morgan Richardson who hoped to create a seaside resort to challenge Victorian money-spinners like Brighton and Scarborough.
His cunning plan failed miserably - the building still stands in splendid isolation by the cliff - but the hotel is still open, offering 72 bedrooms.
Looking south towards Cardigan.
Y Webley Hotel, where we scored some local ice cream.
Walking back to Cardigan towards St Dogmaels.
Albro Castle, a former workhouse for the poor of Cardigan at St Dogmaels, now restored and offering holiday accommodation.
Brightly coloured houses at St Dogmaels.
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