The ferry port of Fishguard, to the west, and the seaside resort and harbour of New Quay, to the north, are within easy reach of Rhosygilwen. The Pembrokeshire Coast Path runs through Fishguard, around Dinas Head, to the picturesque beach and town of Newport. Then a fairly wild and isolated stretch leads around Cenmaes Head to the mouth of the River Teifi and Poppit Sands. This is the closest beach to The Retreat. A large expanse of sand with dunes behind, it is popular with families, offering everything from surfing and power-kiting, to horse-riding. It has a beach café and is lifeguard patrolled in July and August.
From Cardigan the Ceredigion Coast Path takes over rising and falling between a string of little coves and beaches; from Mwnt with its 13th century church, to the small resort of Aberporth, then steeply on past Tresaith, Penbryn, Llangranog and Cwmtydu before arriving in New Quay.
The coastal paths are famous for their wildlife watching in particular seabirds, seals, porpoises and bottlenose dolphins. From New Quay harbour dolphin watching boat trips that observe The Marine Heritage Coasts guidelines are available to give a different view of the coast and its wildlife.
New Quay is a characterful little town with rows of colourful cottages and steep streets leading down to the old stone harbour and beaches, where a range of watersports and fishing trips are on offer. It is stongly linked with Dylan Thomas whose centenary will be widely celebrated in 2014.
Images courtesy of Pembrokeshire Tourism Industry unless otherwise attributed.