Visit Borth and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Borth, Ceredigion. A century ago it attracted the attention of artists well known at that time, and they left excellent impressions of the Welsh homesteads — lime-washed and with the door stoutly porched against the wind — to be found in Borth then and now.
The name should mean a port; but, although Borth has always had some reputation as a fishing village, there is no evidence that it acted as a port for the Dovey valley. That position was reserved for Aberdovey, with its considerable coasting traffic in the late 17th and early 18th centuries, and for the inland wharf-stages about what is now called Glandyfi. More probably the word carries its wider Welsh meaning of an opening-out. This would fit its position on level and firm sands, free from the quicksands found occasionally at Aberdovey, and facing the wide stretch of sea, and with the broad level of the Dovey estuary behind.
It is essentially one long street of cottages, small and still picturesque, looking towards the smooth, sandy beach and keeping much of their character as homes of working fishermen. Northward, on the way to the railway station, is an accumulation of hotels and lodging-houses. In the fields at the back of the village is a car-caravan camping site. Further North still, the lonely beach and ragged dunes of Ynyslas face across the Traeth Maelgwn to Aberdovey: the sands in the river mouth receive sudden influxes of tide that race in upon the unwary. Ynyslas (Blue Island), like Borth, has safe bathing. It is uninhabited except for the congregation of cars in summer. But the development of yacht clubs in Aberdovey gives Ynyslas a further advantage as a viewing-point.
Borth itself stops rather abruptly at the foot of the small cliff Craig yr Wylfa (Watch-Place Rock) to the South. It begins a stretch of small hills that take you to Bow Street or Aberystwyth. The road to Llangorwen is worth singling out, since it can lead by a side lane to the curious coastal point of Sam Gynfelyn, the causeway associated with St Cynfelyn and with the Llangynfelyn standing on the way to Ynyslas and Barth from Taliesin. It is another of the mysterious causeways into the sea that, legend says, mark a series of embankments to keep unflooded the lands lost long ago by the negligence of their guardians. The legend may well have derived from Borth, since — at low tide, far below the ridge of pebbles that guards the village from its sands, and far out to sea among these sands themselves — the stone-like stumps of ancient trees can be seen. They are known as the Submerged Forest; but the Sam Gynfelyn, like the Craig yr Wylfa, was more probably a lookout for shipping and a landmark for seamen.
Nearby towns: Aberystwyth, Llanidloes, Machynlleth, Tywyn
Nearby villages: Aberdovey, Bow Street, Bryn-crug, Capel Bangor, Devils Bridge, Eglwys Fach, Elerch, Llanbadarn Fawr, Llancynfelyn, Llanegryn, Llanfihangel, Llanfihangel-y-Creuddyn, Llanilar, Pandy, Pantperthog, Pennal, Ponterwyd, PTywyn, Rhydyfelin, Southgate, Talybont, Tonfanau, Tre-Taliesin, Upper Borth, Ysbyty Cynfyn
Have you decided to visit Borth or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Borth bed and breakfast (a Borth B&B or Borth b and b)
- a Borth guesthouse
- a Borth hotel (or motel)
- a Borth self-catering establishment, or
- other Borth accommodation