The name stems from its association with St Non, the mother of St David the patron saint of Wales who was born circa 500AD and brought up here. As the village prospered during the 18th and 19th centuries, several chapels and a school were built, along with a range of shops and pubs. Today the village boasts a shop, takeaway and a pub. A beach area to the south is noted for its ancient fishing pools, which were reputed to have been built by the monks of Strata Florida abbey.
The Red Kites
The Red Kite, Wales’ most iconic bird is frequently seen flying above the park. Here you have the advantage of being able to see these magnificent birds close up without even having to leave the park. The Bwlch Nant Yr Arian centre situated between Aberystwyth and Ponterwyd is a must visit place. Here the red kites amass in large numbers for the daily feeding, which can be seen from the visitor centre or many places around the lake. A video system with a number of cameras gives you close up views of these superb birds.
The area is a must for all wildlife enthusiasts. From the Welsh Wildlife centre to the south near Cardigan, to the Cors Caron nature reserve in the east near Tregaron, and the RSPB nature reserve at Ynyshir to the north, there is something to please everyone. The Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre is just 12 miles away at New Quay. In fact the whole area is perfect for anyone who enjoys wildlife and conservation.
Woodlands is the ideal location for walkers to stay, whether in their own holiday home, or for those staying in touring caravans, motorhomes or tents. The Ceredigion Coastal Path is on the doorstep, it gives you the opportunity to observe a large diversity of coastal features including sand dunes, storm beaches and sea caves. There are many other local walks offering varied scenery and suited to all abilities.
Woodlands is the perfect place for your holiday home if you are interested in fishing. The area offers a wide range of fishing opportunities, from sea fishing along the Ceredigion coast, to coarse and trout fishing in rivers and lakes. For those interested in sea fishing, angling trips and boat charter are available from several nearby harbour towns including Aberystwyth and New Quay, where the whole family can enjoy a trip out into Cardigan Bay.
There is a wide variety of things to see and do in the university town of Aberystwyth. There is a 1½ mile long beach stretching from Constitution Hill (home to the longest electric cliff railway in Britain and the world's largest camera obscura) passing by the pier (originally over 700ft long) and making its way down to the harbour and beyond. In the summer, with patience, it's sometimes possible to spot Bottlenose dolphins, Harbour porpoise and even Atlantic Grey Seals out in the bay. There's also much more to do in Aberystwyth, such as a visit to the cinema, museum or why not just take a stroll around the town enjoying the many shops and cafés that are on offer. It is the ideal place for a day out whatever the weather.
This beautiful harbour town with its many coloured Georgian houses is considered to be the 'jewel of Cardigan Bay' by many people. Aberaeron was once a small fishing village that grew to be one of the major trade ports along the Cardigan Bay coast. Today though, one of the main industries is tourism and the town welcomes visitors from around the world. The town has a range of cafes and restaurants offering some of the finest local produce. There is a good selection of shops including a butchers, bakery and various curio shops. The Cardigan Bay Seafood festival is one of the highlights of the Welsh food calendar.