On the opposite side of the River Teifi to Cardigan stands the village of St Dogmaels (Llandudoch in Welsh) in the very north of Pembrokeshire, approximately a mile from Cardigan town centre.
St Dogmaels also contains the remains of a 12th century Tironian abbey, which back in its day was one of the richer monastic institutions. St Dogmaels beat the village of Trefriw in the final of the Wales Calor Village of the year competition in 2006.
St Dogmaels is also home to Y Felin, a water powered corn mill renovated in 1980 by its owners it is one of only two working watermills in Wales. It provides a range of stoneground flours and still has the machinery that was installed in 1820. It is thought that the mill was first built by the monks from St Dogmaels abbey. Bread, Flour and Cakes can be purchased from the mill and there is a tea room next door offering homemade scones and cakes for visitors to enjoy whilst watching the wheel turning.
The village is quaint and picturesque, the hilly streets and cottages are ablaze of colour in the summer months with local residents and businesses hanging colourful flower baskets from their walls.
Many of the properties were once fisherman’s cottages some of which could only be accessed by foot up the steep and winding paths which run through the Village. There are a series of village paths which will give the visitor an insight to the history and workings of this lovely village, all vary in length and pass points of historical interest en route.
Many people from the surrounding areas visit St Dogmaels to sample the delights of Bowens Fish and Chip shop and on a summer evening the seats along the banks of the estuary and the village green are littered with residents and visitors alike enjoying a good old fashioned fish and chip supper. Deli delights and the White Hart Inn are in the centre of the village and offer home cooked food whilst the Teifi Netpool Inn and the Ferry Inn have wonderful views of the estuary. All offer lunch and dinner menus which can be enjoyed while watching the local wildlife on the Teifi, if you are lucky you may see some seals relaxing in one of the nearby coves. Wildfowl, Waders, Cormorant and sea birds are abundant.
Slightly west of the little village further down the estuary is the lovely Poppit sands beach, the big sandy beach where the River Teifi meets the sea, is a blue flag beach and is backed by sand dunes, perfect for days out or dog walkers, although there are some restrictions in the summer as to where the dogs are allowed it still makes a lovely beach for dog walking due to its size.