Ceibwr bay although only a tiny bay is one of the most dramatic locations on the North Pembrokeshire coast a mile to the west of the small village of Moylegrove. There are large and dramatic cliffs which soar above the bay almost in folds which were originally created by glacial erosion.
The cove has the feel of a typical smuggler’s cove; many stories have been told about illicit contraband being landed. More recently in the 1980’s it became notorious by being used in the Seal Bay smuggling operation, which was successfully foiled by observant farmers and landowners.
Ceibwr has also had its moments of fame in several films and TV programmes, mostly because of its attractive backdrop typically used for a smuggling scenes.
The bay is also popular with artists, particularly in the spring time, the cliffs are a carpet of pink with dense mats of thrift occasionally interspersed with primroses, the colours are simply amazing.
Autumn is the best time for seal spotting in Ceibwr, the Atlantic grey seals often use for shelter for their young. During the summer months a couple of small boats are kept on the beach. If you happen to be lucky you could catch their owners returning with some freshly caught fish for supper.
The sheltered cove leads along the valley past some rural cottages, smallholdings and on into the village of Moylegrove, with its pretty colour washed cottages. It is a very tranquil and peaceful location for anyone wishing to get away from it all.
During January 2014, a section of the cliffs on the north end of the beach was washed clean away in the fierce storms that hit Pembrokeshire. Although there are no sea defences at Ceibwr the beach survived almost intact except for a small amount of damage to the cliff face and some washing out of the bank behind the old lime kiln.
The nearest places to grab a bite to eat at Ceibwr Bay are the Penrallt Garden Centre or further afield at St Dogmaels or Newport.
Approach to Ceibwr on Horseback
The small beach at Ceibwr Bay
View looking north from Ceibwr Bay
Interesting folds and rock strata
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