Ceredigion Beaches in October
We are now into October and I’m allowed back on the beaches in Ceredigion. With the sun shining mum decided that it was beach day and wanted to go to Mwnt.
Dogs on the beach
Mwnt beach is around 40 mins away from the Falcondale located between Cardigan and Aberporth. After driving through the country lanes, you come to the top of the hill looking down on the beautiful sandy cove with an iconic white church on the right.
Ceredigion Coastline walk
I walked up Foel y Mwnt and along the coastal path where there were steps to go down to the sand. When the weathers clear you can see the mountains of Snowdonia over Cardigan bay and Mwnt is one of the best beaches to spot dolphins. I didn’t give mum a chance to look for these though as I wanted to get to the top of that hill as quick as possible, stand at the top sniffing the air and run back down dragging her along behind me.
With a café, toilets and a car park there’s all the amenities to keep everyone happy (usually involving a trip to a coffee shop) and I got to splash around in the stream by the kiosk!
A good doggie day out!
Dogs on the beach
It is worth noting that from October to April the whole of the beach is accessible to dogs. Even out of this time, the only dog free zone is between the two slipways allowing the remaining six and a half miles of beach for me to play on! There is plenty of space to run around and have a proper workout with lots of other dogs to play with.
Pendine Sands Beach
Pendine sands beach is about 1 hour away from the Falcondale but well worth the car journey as it has a 7 mile sandy beach overlooking the Gower peninsula. During low tide the sea can be seen in the far distance allowing room for extra miles of sandy beach; this was perfect for digging holes. The weather was so lovely I even went for a little swim in the sea to cool down following my exuberant run around. I had so much fun I decided to have a siesta next to some rocks I’d found.
There are cafes, toilets, shops and plenty of parking close to the beach. Lifeguards are on duty between May and September and designated areas of the beach is popular with jet ski and windsurfers.
Most of the cafes and shops have water bowls outside so that I could have a drink. Bins were located in several places so any bags could be disposed of.
Overall a fantastic doggy day out!
Dog Stay at The Falcondale hotel & restaurant
Where best to start my doggy adventure then with a sleepover at The Falcondale with all the luxuries that I (or any dog) could dream of!
From first paws in the door you can tell it’s dog friendly with yummy homemade treats on the desk and bowls and blankets in the room waiting for me.
For £20 you can order a pampered pooch box which gives you a blanket, poo bags, a rope toy, biscuits and a chewy ear – all of which were noticed by me as soon as I got into the room.
At meal times I sat down in the conservatory whilst my owner ate their dinner. I enjoyed my very own doggy dinner of chicken, rice and gravy with a chewy ear for dessert for £5! Breakfast was back to rations of biscuits from me – which I thought was not so luxurious as my dinner the night before!
With 14 acres of woodlands and lawns it is perfect for walking, with the long south drive and paths around the garden there was plenty of different walks for my to try – a few too many maybe as I was sooo tired. If you fancied a longer walk there’s directions for a variety of walks available from reception.
I am always excited when I see the Falcondale through the car window!
Dolaucothi Gold mines and woodland is 15 minutes away from the hotel with the main gold mine site which has a coffee shop, toilets, a shop and ample parking with the main car park closing at 5pm. (There are signs to tell you which car park you’re in if you’re not sure and don’t want to be locked in.)
There are several different forest walks around the beautiful Dolaucothi estate, which takes you along the river and along the gardens of the once grand house. I – with my best friend Dozer – took the yellow route which was about 1 mile taking us from the mines following a path (and arrows to help us find our way) over the bridge that was once on the East drive and past the remains of the old grotto which was once a feature within the gardens filled with exotic plants.
The routes at the beginning of the walk is one of the few woodlands in Ceredigion where red squirrels can be seen, if you’re lucky enough, just after passing the grotto. But I may have got too excited leaping and rustling around making as much noise as possible, unsurprisingly we didn’t see any.
On the National Trust website you can find directions of the woodlands walk to give you an idea of the route and how long it would take. On one part of the Parkland route there is the chance to find out about the Dolaucothi estate allowing you to imagine the ladies of the house taking a turn around the gardens you’ve just walked passed. I wasn’t really interested so we went back to the route to the car park.
Something to drink…
When we got back to the main site we went to for a coffee in the main tearooms. The site has an entrance fee, unless you’re a member of the national trust and then it’s included. I managed to get a big bowl of water for Dozer and I and lots of fuss!
A beautiful woodland walk with my favourite – a stop in the river!
Hello, I’m Freya and I’m a lovable and cheeky husky and I love days out! Especially when there’s so many places to go in Ceredigion and although my favourite is The Falcondale – which I’m sure has something to do with the treats and cuddles, I couldn’t just tell you all about them I wanted to show you!
My doggie days out are near to The Falcondale. Get planning your own doggie days whilst holidaying at The Falcondale. Keep an eye out for my future doggy adventures and also I’d love to hear about yours.
Pets Welcome at The Falcondale