Llangranog, in Ceredigion, West Wales, is one of those places you can easily drive past without realizing this little gem is here. The entire coast of Wales is dotted with cute little villages. What is the reason for stopping here!?
This enchanting seaside village nestled in a valley is accessed via a winding coastal road. After a few hair-raising turns and slipping through small gaps, you’ll arrive at the rugged cliffs, golden sands and lively atmosphere of Llangranog.
There’s not much here, but that’s definitely part of the charm!
Llangranog is a popular spot known only to those in the know. Being such a small place it can get crowded so I highly recommend arriving early, especially on a beautiful and sunny day.
Llangranog is also not far from the bustling town of New Quay and the large village of Aberporth, so it’s a great place for a day trip if you’re staying in one of these places.
Parking in Llangrannog
Parking used to be a big problem in Llangranog, but thankfully we now have a large park and ride. There were no “rides” to the “park” at the time I visited, but that was fine for us. It’s about a 10 minute walk to the village and beach, but keep in mind it’s a 10 minute walk back up the hill for tired legs!
There is a small car park in the center of the village, and there is also space to drop off your car if you are visiting with people with reduced mobility.
Watersports on Llangrannog Beach
One of the most popular activities on Llangranog Beach is bodyboarding. The waves aren’t too big, so it’s a perfect spot for bodyboarding. This perfect wave is also a popular spot for sea kayaking.
Weather permitting, kayak rentals are available from Caiacs Carreg Bica Kayaks.
RNLI lifeguards are on the beach from 10am to 6pm from mid-May to early September.
Walking the Welsh Coastal Path from Llangrannog
From Llangranog you can walk some wonderful sections of the Welsh Coast Path. I walked with my two children who were 4 and 6 years old at the time.
From Llangranog Beach, take the footpath on your right (if you are looking out to sea) and continue on. After passing Silbaos Beach (more on that later), you’ll arrive at Cape Ynys Loctin. Find a sheltered spot on the headland and enjoy a picnic and drinks before returning to or heading back to the village.
Silbose Beach is a secret, ‘hidden’ beach, but who doesn’t like a hidden beach? Myself and my children were so excited when we stumbled upon Silvos, we couldn’t believe it was so quiet. It’s just a short walk along the coastal path from Llangranog Beach and involves descending some steep steps.
Small children may need help climbing these stairs, but we found everyone to be very patient and happy to wait for anyone who was a little nervous or slow.
It’s a small, sheltered beach so it was nice and warm, and the water was perfect for bodyboarding.
Eating and drinking
There are several dining options in Llangranog.
Tafell a Tan – We ate here and it’s a really cool cafe and pizzeria with a wood-fired pizza oven. The pizza is delicious, but they also offer sandwiches and wraps, great coffee, and amazing cakes.
If you are planning to walk along the coastal path, this is the perfect place to buy some delicious snacks and replenish your energy!
Pentre Arms – Friendly pub with good reviews
Y Llong the Ship – A modern pub in the heart of the village
Caffi Patio – A small cafe serving drinks, snacks and ice cream overlooking the beach
There it is. That’s a mini guide to Langranog. You can see more of my blog posts from Wales here.