|Motygido Farm is on the
outskirts of the village of Llanarth, and is
just a few miles from New Quay - a
popular traditional holiday resort on the Cardigan
Bay coast. Motygido has been farmed for as long as
local records exist - and probably for much
longer than that. Originally the farm occupied a
triangular section of land of some 160 acres
between the small rivers 'Mot' and 'Gido',
that merge to form the Llethi and empty into
Cardigan Bay two miles to the north.
The earliest records of Motygido go back the
sixteenth century. In the eighteenth
century, 'Motygido Academy' run by the Rev
John Pugh was well known throughout
Cardiganshire. His notebooks are now in the
National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth.
Click here for the 'History of Motygido'.
is an ancient settlement, among the oldest in Ceredigion. Set
just inland from the Cardigan Bay coast, it is centred on the
crossroads formed where the A487 coast road meets the B4342 to New Quay
(or formerly to Llanina).
the early days New Quay was a fishing and smuggling port. Later a
burgeoning shipbuilding industry developed, reaching its peak in the
middle of the nineteenth century. Towards the end of that century
shipbuilding died out and with the advent of the railways, tourism gradually filled the void.
Visitors would take a train to Aberaeron,
from where, the GWR bus or charabanc would
bring them to New Quay. Today, New
Quay depends on Tourism and remains popular, with the demand for accommodation
far exceeding the supply in the summer
months. The town has a flourishing
water sports industry and is a popular
centre for the sailing community.
is seven miles from Motygido, the largest community on the road north to
Aberystwyth. It is a
charming regency town and with its multi coloured houses, attractive
harbour, Hotels, B&B and self-catering Holiday Cottages it has
much to offer the visitor. Centrally located on Cardigan Bay, Aberaeron
is close to Aberystwyth and Cardigan towns, while Lampeter and Tregaron
are a short drive inland through the beautiful Aeron Valley, much loved
by the poet Dylan
lived locally for a while.