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Aberaeron

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The town of Aberaeron that we see today was planned and developed from a small fishing village in the 1800’s by the Rev Alban Gwynne. He designed the harbour which became a key port on the west coast of Wales. There was also a thriving shipbuilding industry where dockyards built both sail and steam vessels.

AberaeronRight - Aberaeron Harbour
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Many of the original houses that we see today were built in the Regency style and designed by Edward Haycock from Shrewsbury, their occupants being seafaring men who travelled the world during the Victorian age often naming their houses after far off exotic places.

Although the architecture we say today is from the 1800’s there once stood a 12th century fortification on the shoreline at Aberaeron called Castell Cadwgan. Due to erosion from the sea very little remains today of this structure apart from some earth mounds along with the remains of the enclosure bank.

Not too far from Aberaeron (2.5 miles ) is the National Trust property Llanerchaeron, this restored property was designed and built in 1795 by John Nash for Colonel William Lewis as a model working farm. Visitors can still see the laundry, brewing room and the dairy, and there is also a lovely walled garden with numerous old fruit trees, some are said to be around 200 years old.

AberaeronLeft - Aberaeron Town
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Today the town is a popular resort and has a variety of hotels and restaurants for the tourists that visit the town along many other attractions. For those that like walking there are several coastal paths that can be taken, one path follows the coast and eventually, after some 4 miles brings you to New Quay or you can walk north for about 7 miles and come to Llanrhystud, on the way the visitor will experience some wonderful scenery.

For the more energetic visitors there is plenty of opportunity for cycling around the lanes and cycle paths. The routes vary from 9 miles up to 13 miles from Aberaeron to New Quay where visitors can enjoy this other gem on the Welsh coast.

For those that do visit nearby New Quay there is plenty to see. Prior to the harbour being built there the town consisted of just a handful of cottages, whilst today it is a lively and bustling seaside resort. The sea around New Quay is also home to a number of bottle nosed dolphins, whilst on land there is the largest bee farm in Wales where visitors can see live bees and purchase locally produced honey and bees wax.

 

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  Aberaeron Harbour

Aberaeron Harbour
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