Caeibwr Bay Beach

Ceibwr Bay is a little notch in the north-westerly facing coast between Newport Head and Cemaes Head where geologists find a whole medley of interesting features.

The high cliffs of this stretch of rugged coast are wild and beautiful, famed for wild flowers and seabirds, with hardly a building between Newport and the little fishermen’s inlet at Ceibwr. Here on the National Park Coastal Footpath the walker can feel alone and insignificant, humbled by the scale and splendour of the soaring cliffs, which in winter are battered by north-easterly gales. It is the haunt of choughs and ravens, peregrines and fulmars,

If they follow the stream inland up the valley called Cwm Trewyddel (Irishman’s Valley) less than a mile from Caerbwdi they reach the village of Moylegrove and the interesting dolmen at Llech-y-Dribedd (Three graves Slate).

Confused and faulted folding of the rocks has hastened erosion and the bay is dominated by a sharp anticline. The valley is in fact an overflow channel, choked by masses of glacial materials. A flat platform on the southern bank of the estuary is a raised beach, with rounded beach boulders low down in the material at the back of it.  A little way to the south is a large collapsed cave forming a massive blow hole in the clifftop. This is Pwll-y-Wrach or the Witch’s Pit, sometimes called the Witch’s Cauldron, where in rough weather the sea comes surging into the cauldron in a boiling mass of water and spray.

Ceibwr, (Grid Ref: SN10457), is owned by the National Trust and the beach is reached from Moylegrove where there is free parking for about 20 to 25 cars at the roadside, toilets, a church, a chapel and a picture gallery. There are no facilities at Ceibwr, which is an unspoiled picnic area with safe bathing at certain states of the tide, although it is shingly and pebbly with some sand. Moylegrove’s Welsh name is Trewyddel which means Irishman’s Farm or town. The people are predominently Welsh-speaking, so the visitor can get the impression he is in a foreign country and savouring a different way of life. Moylegrove means Matilda’s Grove, but no-one seems to know who Matilda was: maybe the wife of a Norman Lord of the manor.

From the clifftop, where there is an earthwork marked “Castell” on the map, there are splendid views to north and south and out into the Irish Sea. To the north, which offers wonderful views of the rugged cliffs, is Pen yr Afr (Goat Head) where goats have been grazed in recent times. An offshore rock is called Carreg Wylan (Seagull Rock) and there are plenty of those around as well as other wildlife including seals and porpoises and the famous Cardigan Bay dolphins, which are often seen off the cliffs. A rocky islet guards the southern entrance to the bay, its name Ynys Fach (Little island) which does not show a great deal of imagination.

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