by Katy Depledge
Located on the border of three counties, you’ll find an idyllic cascade of waterfalls on the River Teifi. Cenarth Falls is a great place to explore with the whole family.
Famous for its spectacle of leaping salmon, Cenarth Waterfalls are one of the few places in Britain where coracles are still used. These small round-bottomed boats are carried on the shoulders of fishermen as they walk 5 miles upstream, before gently drifting back down with the current.
Here’s everything you need to know about visiting Cenarth Falls…
Situated at Carmarthenshire’s most westerly border is the delightful village of Cenarth. Here you’ll find the popular Cenarth Falls, a series of small waterfalls on the River Teifi. Cenarth is an interesting place to visit, bordering the three counties of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.
The village of Cenarth is home to two pubs, the Three Horseshoes Inn and the White Hart Inn. Or why not sit in the gardens at Ty Te Tea Rooms and enjoy a traditional cream tea? There has been a mill at Cenarth since the 13th Century, since Edward I became Lord of the Manor of Cenarth. But of course, the main attraction of Cenarth is the river and its spectacular falls.
The falls are a great place to visit whatever the weather. In the winter, you’ll witness strong currents dramatically cascading over the falls. The summer months are much calmer but equally mesmerising.
One of the best ways to experience Cenarth Falls is by enjoying a peaceful stroll through the Cenarth countryside.
Start your walk from the car park just next to the 18th Century Cenarth Bridge (Postcode: SA38 9JP). Continue along the elevated wooden pathway and along the River Teifi. The path continues through the enchanting woodland and along the banks of the river.
At the halfway point of the walk, the path widens and turns uphill at the gorge’s entrance. The footpath then meets a small road that can be followed to the left, before returning to Cenarth.
This short 2km walk should take around 45-60 minutes.
Most visitors come not just to see the Teifi River dropping over Cenarth Falls but also to possibly catch a glimpse of the famous Cenarth Falls Salmon that can be seen leaping up the waterfalls in an attempt to make it to their spawning grounds further up the Teifi.
Situated on the A484 between Cardigan and Newcastle Emlyn, Cenarth Falls are a popular attraction with locals and tourists alike.
Cenarth waterfalls are well signposted, just follow the brown tourist destination signs as you approach the village.
As you approach Cenarth on the B4239, there is a small parking area alongside the river, where you’ll find some disabled parking bays.
The main car park is just off the north side of the bridge next to the Salmon Leap Gift Shop. Parking charges are £2.50.
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