Traeth y Coubal is a secluded beach about a mile west of New Quay, the peace of which is only spoilt by commentary from the sight-seeing boat trips passing just offshore. The shore is course sand, pebbles and rocks, backed by high cliffs of mudstones and shale. It can be reached by one of two footpaths from the nearby lane, but the closest parking is at New Quay's Church Road (A486) car park.
Directions : Walk up the hill, turning right at the pub and follow the lane for about 600 yards to reach a left-hand bend, thence taking a public footpath on the right along an access road. On entering the first field, bear left about 30° to cross a stile at the reflex-angled corner. Follow the field boundary, keeping roughly to this direction over Nant y Grogal (stream) and across the next field to a gate on the reflex-angled corner. On reaching the coast path turn left, and follow it to its lowest point, from where a steep, salebrous path leads down to the shore.
It's a secret surfing beach, best around mid-tide and usually empty due to the difficult access. Make sure you know where the rocks are!