Fernhill Lodge is perfectly located for exploring the best of West Wales, Cardigan Bay, The Pembrokeshire National Park and the many beaches and beautiful country side that surrounds. The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path is just a short drive away.
Whether you like to wander round beautiful market towns and small villages, explore National Trust Properties, other historical buildings and gardens, enjoy seeing wildlife, like good food and drink or walking in beautiful isolated countryside, it’s possible within a 10 minute drive of Fernhill Lodge. Some of those activities you can even do on foot from the B&B itself.
Golf courses are available by the sea in Cardigan and at Newport. Cardigan has a fine championship course measuring 6687 yards, Par 72, SSS 73. A testament to its current standing is that it has hosted recent Welsh Golfing Union championships as well as international matches.
Amongst its most notable features are the outstanding views from every part of the course – Cardigan Bay, the River Teifi estuary and the Preseli Hills in the distance. On a clear day Bardsey Island and the Lleyn Peninsula can be seen across the bay.
For National Trust and Garden Lovers
The National Botanic Garden of Wales open all year, the garden offers a great day out for all the family. See the world’s largest single span glass house and the many varied attractions including the Tropical House, The great Glass House, The Japanese Garden, and The Bee Garden and many other attractions
For Walkers and Riders
The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National trail, one of the National Park’s greatest assets. The 186 mile path was the first National trail in Wales and lies almost entirely within the Park.
Stile-free stretches on the coastal path include
- 33 miles from Milford Haven to Druidston Haven
- 5 miles from Amroth to Rowston Cliff
- 23 miles from Newgale to Penberi
- 9 miles from Aberfelin, Trefin, Penbwchdy.
The Pembrokeshire Coast Path is one of 16 National trails in England and Wales.
We have several circular walks from the house ranging from 45 minute stroll to a 15 mile circular
walk. We are happy to provide you with maps, guide books and make suggestions for suitable walks
when you arrive. We are also happy to provide transport to or from the Coastal path if required.
Cardigan offers plenty of opportunity for horse riding across a variety of landscapes and provides a
great way of exploring the area.
Whether you want to ride across open moorland, along wooded bridleways, down quiet country lanes- or even cowboy style- there’s something for everyone, all offered by the excellent selection of riding be able to find a horse or pony to suit.
You can see quite a few birds just by staying put here at Fernhill Lodge. We have yellowhammers, nuthatches, tree creepers, buzzards, curlews, swifts, swallows, goldcrests, goldfinches, ravens, willow tits, long tailed tits, house martins, bullfinches and the occasional red kite, tawny and barn owl – not to mention all of the more regular garden birds who come to our feeders.
For History Buffs and Geologists
Cardigan has something to interest anyone interested in history whatever your preferred era.
The rugged landscape of Cardigan and North Pembrokeshire is an area steeped in history, dating
from the stone age to the Norman Conquest of Britain; look out for Neolithic burial chambers, iron
age hill forts and Welsh and Norman castles.
To the north of the spectacular Preseli Hills, on a spur of land overlooking a small river valley, sits the
hill fort of Castle Henllys. In the reconstructed round houses, built on their original foundations, you
can sit by the flickering fire and listen to tales of Celtic life in the Iron Age, over 2000 years ago. As
well as taking a tour of the hill fort, you can visit the award winning Education Centre and watch live
images from the fort and the meandering river, Nant Duad.
For Animal Lovers
Whatever time of year you are out in The National Park, you wont be alone. You will be surrounded by all manner of fascinating wild life, from the familiar to the extraordinary. Some you will spot easily, others may require a bit of patience- and a bit of luck- before you are rewarded. Here are some pointers for what to see where and when, so grab your binoculars and start wild life watching.
- March/April: Dexter Cattle at Carew Castle, also several species of rare bat roosting in the Castle.
- May: Guillemot spectacular on Stack Rocks.
- June: Sky Larks and rare orchids at St. David’s air field.
- Early July: a family favorite Skomer Puffins.
- August: Welsh mountain ponies on the cliff tops at Strumble Head.
- September: Spot Seal pups and porpoises from the Coastal Path.
Fernhill Lodge is just a 8 min drive from Cenarth which is famous for its Salmon and Sewen fishing on the banks of the River Teifi.
Cenarth is a fascinating village on the border of Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire. The focus of the village are Cenarth Falls, a series of small waterfalls and pools on the river Teifi and a well known salmon leap.
There’s a Coracle Centre and Flour Mill overlooking Cenarth Falls, and a number of interesting shops clustered around the old bridge. There’s also a car park next to the bridge.