Ceibwr Bay

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Ceibwr Bay, looking north across the entrance to Ceibwr Cove

Ceibwr Bay (Welsh: Bae Ceibwr) is a bay opening into the Irish Sea in Pembrokeshire, west Wales. It is about 7 km west of Cardigan, and 3 km south of the headland of Cemaes Head. It is owned by the National Trust, within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.

Geology[edit]

Cliffs of Penyrafr, viewed from Ceibwr Bay

The elevated landscape at Ceibwr Bay is made up of spectacular cliff folds, part of the Nant Ceibwr valley leading through the village of Moylegrove, originally formed by glacial erosion. The river runs out into the Irish Sea through Ceibwr Bay.

The Ceibwr Bay Fault is a WSW-ENE-trending fault zone, that extends from the coast at Ceibwr Bay at its western end to the coast at Aberporth at its eastern end.[1][2]

Features[edit]

Ceibwr Cove and former harbour; Ceibwr Bay beyond

Ceibwr Bay is in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and is owned by the National Trust. The landscape is a significant bird habitat (gulls, fulmar, shag, cormorant and chough)[3] and its natural beauty and striking geological features attract large numbers of visitors all year round. Accessed by the Pembrokeshire Coast Path (part of the Wales Coast Path), its cliff-top walks are not recommended for sufferers of vertigo, but there are picnic areas. From the cliff path, it is possible to observe bottlenose dolphins and Atlantic grey seals.

To the south of the bay is the Witches' Cauldron (Pwll-y-wrach), a collapsed cave. Ceibwr Cove has a small stony beach beside the outflow of Nant Ceibwr[3] and was once a port serving Moylegrove and the surrounding area.[4][5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Sheppard, T.H. (2005). "The geology of the Qinetiq/Ministry of Defence firing range at Aberporth, Ceredigion" (PDF). Geological Survey Internal Report, IR/05/011. British geological Survey. pp. 1–6. Retrieved 17 December 2010. 
  2. ^ Brenchley, P.J.; Rushton, A.W.A; Howells, M.; Cave R. (2006). "Cambrian and Ordovician: the early Palaeozoic tectonostratigraphic evolution of the Welsh Basin, Midland and Monian Terranes of Eastern Avalonia". In Brenchley P.J. & Rawson P.F. The geology of England and Wales (2 ed.). London: Geological Society. p. 64. ISBN 978-1-86239-200-7. Retrieved 17 December 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority: Ceibwr/Moylegrove". Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "Pembrokeshire Coast National Park: Ceibwr to Pwll-y-Wrach" (PDF). Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "Wales Coast Path: short walks". Retrieved 18 March 2015. 

Coordinates: 52°04′06″N 4°44′52″W / 52.06833°N 4.74778°W / 52.06833; -4.74778