Feel the freedom and fresh air as you along the Ceredigion coast or into the hills and forests of the Cambrian Mountains. There is a great choice of marked trails to explore, competitions and challenges you'll enjoy.
Running trails at Bwlch Nant yr Arian
There are waymarked running trails at Bwlch Nant yr Arian, all of which start from the centre's car park. Named after two local standing stones, Y Fuwch a'r Llo (the Cow and Calf), these exciting routes offer a fantastic introduction to trail running in the Cambrian Mountains.
"Y Fuwch" route is the longer of the two routes (6.5 miles, 10 kilometres) and has a variety of surfaces and several steep ascents, whilst "Y Llo" (3.1 miles, 5 kilometres) starts off with a flat section almost two kilometres long before climbing up onto the ridge before returning to the car park.
Race to the Sea walk, jog, run challenge
Inspired by the legend of the 'three sisters' (the rivers Severn, Wye and Ystwyth that rise on the slopes of Plynlimon, but take very different routes to the sea) this new event for 2018 follows a scenic route to the sea along the Ystwyth river. The 50km route is fully waymarked and support includes regular check anc rendevous points. Transport is available to the start point, and the finish will be at Aberystwyth. For full details and entry forms are availabale on the Race to the Sea website.
Promenade and park run
Whatever time of day you visit Aberystwyth Promenade you are bound to see someone running - it's the perfect place- a flat mile - distance and elevation - with fantastic views that change with the seasons and the time of day. This is also the venue for Aberystwyth's Race for Life, Triathlon and Twin Peaks races.
Parkrun is a free, weekly, 5km timed run open to everyone and easy to take part in. You can join residents and visitors for Aberystwyth parkrun, held on the town's leafy Park Avenue every Saturday, starting at 9am, or join the parkrun at Llanerchaeron, also every Saturday morning, starting at 9am.
Image: Aberystwyth parkrun
Bwlch Nant yr Arian has a four permanently marked orienteering courses. These include an easier course for beginners, often used by families, and a harder course for experienced orienteers.
Get the special map from the visitor centre, then use your map reading skills to try to find orienteering marker posts (called controls) in the right order.
There are permanent training routes set out in Penglais Wood in Aberystwyth and Aberystwyth Univerisity grounds, which are open to all.
Mid Wales Orienteering Club organise several events in the area. Junior World Champions lead the way across the hills.
Ceredigion Running Clubs
Aberystwyth Athletic Club is a well established and busy athletics club which organises a series of annual events in and around Aberystwyth
Sarn Helen running club, based in Lampeter, is friendly group of runners and cyclists who meet regularly to train and organise running and cycling events throughout the year.
Campau Caron is Tregaron's local events group, hosting a range of events including 5k,10k, duathlon, triathlon, cycling sportives, a mud run, enduro and an annual santa run.