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One great attraction, a picnic and a Tour of a Town in Carmarthenshire – all in one day

Cenarth Falls and Newcastle Emlyn

Situated at Carmarthenshire’s most westerly border are Cenarth Falls and the nearby Town of Newcastle Emlyn. Only some 3.5 miles separates the two, making them a perfect day trip out. We couldn’t find a picnic spot between the two, but we did find one just half a mile outside of Cenarth in the opposite direction.

Cenarth Falls

The falls at Cenarth are a very popular destination for many visitors to Wales, they have even been used as a backdrop for the a television advert. Timotai used the Falls during the 1980’s for a shampoo advert.

Most visitors come not just to see the Teifi River dropping over the Falls but also to possibly catch a glimpse of the famous Teifi salmon that can be seen leaping up the Falls in an attempt to make it to their spawning grounds further up the Teifi.
At certain times of the year there are coracle races held on the Teifi at Cenarth and the National Coracle Centre is also situated in the village nearby.

A Norman bridge also spans the Teifi here, making Cenarth a very picturesque spot.

Map of Cenarth Falls, the picnic spot, and Newcastle Emlyn

The Picnic Area

From Cenarth, take the B4332 sign posted for Boncath for some half a mile. You should now be heading up hill. Keep your eyes peeled for a Forestry Commission sign on your left and follow the lane to the left here, it leads up hill to a parking area with a picnic spot.
There are some short woodland walks you can follow here or just sit and enjoy your picnic in the shade of the trees.

Newcastle Emlyn

To get to Newcastle Emlyn, backtrack to Cenarth but at the T-junction in Cenarth turn right and follow the road until you arrive in Newcastle Emlyn.

The Town of Newcastle Emlyn has a wealth of History to discover. There are the remains of a Norman Castle and a fine example of a Norman bridge, plus some beautiful buildings lining the High Street.

There is something for everyone in this small Market Town, housed along the High Street you will find cafe’s, pubs, shops and restaurants. At one time Newcastle Emlyn High Street was home to more than 15 public houses, today there are still four or five to choose from, the rest converted into shops or cafe’s and restaurants.

For the kids there is a small play park nearby the main car park and a few miles east of Newcastle Emlyn you will find the village of Henllan which is home to the Teifi Valley Railway – a narrow gauge railway (currently approx 0.5 miles long) which also has a small covered play area and also a larger uncovered play area.

Teifi at Cenarth River Teifi at Cenarth
Coracle Racing Coracle Racing on the Teifi
Newcastle Emlyn as seen from the Castle Newcastle Emlyn from the Castle
Newcastle Emlyn Fair Newcastle Emlyn Fair

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