Cei Bach Beach (Little Quay)

Little Quay, or Cei Bach as it is also known, is about a mile and a half to the west of New Quay and around five miles from Aberaeron Harbour. The beach is sheltered and generally quiet, and you can enjoy the views over the sea and out to the Cardigan Bay. Many visitors come here for the sunsets which are said to be spectacular and if you like wildlife then you won’t be disappointed here.

Red kites are often sighted in the area and in Cardigan Bay you may even see a pod of dolphins or some seals swimming past. The beach is close to a heritage coastal path and you can walk all the way to Aberaeron where you can take in the vistas over the waterfall footbridge.

When the tide is low you can walk all the way to New Quay Harbour which takes around 20 minutes. The pretty village here has lots of amenities such as bars, restaurants, and cafes. You can also take a boat trip from here which will take you out to look for seals and dolphins.

Little Quay also has literary connections as the poet Dylan Thomas used to regularly holiday in New Quay. There is a trail dedicated to his life which will take you around the area.

Other points of interest close to the beach include the New Quay Honey Farm where you can learn all about bees and how honey is made.

Also known as:

Little Quay

Type of beach

Sand & shingle

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

No dog restrictions.

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  • Swimming/bathing


  • Toilets

Nearest town

New Quay


SA45 9SL

OS grid ref.

SN 4107 5978

Water quality

Water quality star rating

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