Tresaith Waterfall is located on Tresaith beach in Ceredigion. You might know by now that we love a good waterfall. We also love a good beach. But a waterfall on a beach!? What’s not to love about that? And we do love this one.
We’ve seen a few waterfalls lately but this one is pretty special. We’ve never seen a waterfall on a beach before and it’s an incredible sight.
We came across the Tresaith Waterfall when searching the internet to find waterfalls in and around Pembrokeshire. But Tresaith isn’t in Pembrokeshire (its actually in Ceredigion). It’s pretty close though and we decided we would go at some point but Ffynone waterfall, Gwaun Valley Waterfall walk and Cenarth Falls all took priority.
You know how sometimes you leave the best until last? Well this wasn’t one of those times. Or so we thought. For some reason it was the one that appealed least. Maybe because Tresaith was really busy in the Summer. Maybe because it’s a bit further away and not really in Pembrokeshire. We’re not really sure but we do know that this did actually work out as leaving the best until last. So maybe it was just meant to be.
Anyway, this really is a terrific place and we thoroughly recommend a visit.
Driving to the Tresaith Beach Waterfall
Tresaith is on the coast of Cardigan Bay between Llangrannog and Cardigan and these directions together with this map may help you get there.
From the north
Take the A487 south and just before the village of Tan-y-groes take a right turn onto an unclassified road, signposted Tresaith. Bear left at the junction which takes you into the village.
From the West
Head for the town of Cardigan and then onto the A487 towards Aberystwyth. Just after the village of Tan-y-groes take a left turn towards Tresaith and follow the directions as above.
From the South and East
Head for the town of Carmarthen on the A483/A40. At Carmarthen take the A484 to Cynwyl Elfed and at Cynwyl Elfed the B4333 to Newcastle Emlyn. Stay on the B4333 north until you reach its crossing with the A487. Turn right onto the A487 and just after the village of Tan-y-Groes take the turning left, signposted Tresaith and follow the directions as above.
Parking in Tresaith
The walk to the Tresaith Beach Waterfall
To the right hand side of the bus stop in Tresaith is a long set of steps. Take these to the bottom and turn left towards the slipway. You’ll pass a Café/Shop on your right and public conveniences (with wheelchair access) on your left. The beach access will be on your right.
Tresaith waterfall is on the right hand side of the beach as you look out to sea. Walk out onto the beach and turn right towards the rocks. From here you should be able to see the waterfall cascading from the cliff.
It was good fun climbing up and over the rocks to get to the waterfall and there are some pretty convenient ones to sit on and take in the views of the waterfall and sea and up and down the coast. And you will find yourself wanting to just sit here for longer than you think.
If you don’t want to clamber over the rocks, the waterfall can be seen from the sand when the sea’s at low tide.
Facilities at Tresaith Beach
Tresaith beach has Blue Flag status with the following facilities:
- Public conveniences (free)
- a Café and Shop
- a first aid post and
- a Public House called The Ship Inn.
- Tresaith takes its name from the river Saith and the Tresaith waterfall is where it meets the sea.
- There’s also another beach which can be found by crossing below the waterfall. Be aware of the tides though as you can get cut off.
- Cardigan Bay is renowned as a great place for spotting dolphins and seals.
Thoughts on Tresaith beach waterfall
Visiting Tresaith Beach Waterfall was a truly magical experience. It was also an assault on the senses. From the bottom you can hear the full force of the waterfall and see a rainbow if the sun is shining. You can also feel the spray in relative safety and of course smell the sea air.
The highest of the four waterfalls in and around Pembrokeshire, in some respects it’s maybe more of a true waterfall. It’s certainly the one with the best views and makes for great photography. This definitely is a very Instagrammable place.
Even if there wasn’t a waterfall here it would be well worth a visit. Tresaith itself is beautiful anyway. At the south end of Ceredigion you get fantastic views right up and down the coast of Wales here. Granted, the walk back up from the beach is quite tough and parking is not the most convenient, but when you’re on this beach you won’t care too much about that.
We think this is our favourite in our series on waterfalls. It’s just such an amazing place to be.
If you are visiting Tresaith now or in the near future please be aware that social distancing rules still apply in Wales. Please keep yourselves and others safe.
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