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Y Mwnt (The Mount)

Location

Ceredigion Map

OS Ref: SN 194 519

Last Visited: 2013

Traeth Y Mwnt

Traeth Y Mwnt

Y Mwnt is a small sandy beach at the bottom of some steep steps down a narrow winding road that is popular with people who like small sandy beaches situated at the bottom of steep steps down narrow winding roads.

The only facilities are the cafe, shop and loos at the top of the steps near the car park.

The headland, which rises abruptly from the sea to a height of around 250ft, offers some fine cliff walking and wonderful views along the coast.

Eglwys y Grog (Holy Cross Church)

Location

Ceredigion Map

OS Ref: SN 195 520

Last Visited: 2013

Eglwys y Grog

Eglwys y Grog

Eglwys y Grog (Holy Cross Church), claims to be the oldest church in the County of Ceredigion. By tradition, a church has stood on this spot since sometime in the fifth to seventh century.

At one time there may have been a stone cross on the summit of Foel y Mwnt the headland behind the church, hence the dedication to the Holy Cross.

Eglwys y Grog

Eglwys y Grog

It would have acted as a daymark to pilgrims landing on the sandy shores beneath, as Mwnt was a stopping place where vigils were kept over the bodies of saints en route to Bardsey Island (Ynys Enlli) on the far side of Cardigan Bay, their traditional burial ground.

The age of the present building is uncertain; it probably dates from the thirteenth or fourteenth century. Of particular note are the three lengths of carved timber displayed on the north wall. These are all that remains of the Rood Screen that used to divide the chancel from the nave.