The quaint riverside village of St Dogmaels is on the northern border of Pembrokeshire close to the market town of Cardigan. It’s a good base for a day out, especially if you go on a Tuesday when their award-winning local producers’ market is on between 9am – 1pm. This was the BBC Food and Farming Awards Best Market Winner in 2016 – it’s a small market but the food is exceptionally good.
The market takes place in the grounds of The Coach House at The Coach House at St Dogmaels Abbey, where you will also find a great cafe and a gallery.
St Dogmaels Abbey was founded in about 1115 and extensive remains survive dating from the 12th to 16th Centuries. Admission is free and dogs are welcome (also in the cafe).
Y Felin Water Mill is one of only two working mills in Wales. The mill has been completely renovated with its original machinery intact. Y Felin dates back to the twelfth century and is thought to have been built by St Dogmaels Abbey. A guided tour of the mill will reveal how their wonderful selection of flour is made and they too have a delightful tea room.
You will find several good pubs serving food – our favourite is The Ferry Inn which occupies a lovely riverside location at the western end of the village. We have yet to try The White Hart and The Teifi Net Pool Inn, but they are both well reviewed.
The walkers guide and map Popular walks near St Dogmaels has been designed to help you make the most of exploring this area – you are at the very start of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path or you could choose to explore some of the footpaths around the village.
Also nearby is the excellent Welsh Wildlife Centre at Cilgerran, an award winning visitor centre with (another!) lovely cafe which serves fresh home made food. Situated on the Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve this is a perfect day out for the family. There are beautiful walks around the stunning 270 acres of nature reserve, which includes woodlands, meadows, a deep river gorge, marshland and reed beds.
Distance from Manor Bedw: 15 miles