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Wales Coast Path in Ceredigion

The walk along the sweeping crescent of Cardigan Bay forms a very special part of the Wales Coast Path. Ceredigion's 60 miles (96km) section probably has the most varied landscape and terrain of the 870 mile (1400km) length of the Wales Coast Path. As well as great views north towards Snowdonia the Ceredigion Coast path has a wealth of wildlife and habitats and interesting geological and archaeological features to discover along the way. The Ceredigion Coast Path stretches from Ynyslas in the north to Cardigan in the south, where it joins with the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.

Route Updates: Please check our route updates page before setting out on your walk. Also check the tide tables if you plan to walk down to beaches and coves.

A ‘missing link’ in the coast path at Gwbert near Cardigan has reecntly been completed. The new public footpath leads from near the entrance to Cardigan Island Farm Park on the Gwbert – Ferwig road to Mwnt.  

Transport: If you plan to walk one way and use public transport to 'return to base', see the section on car free days out on the Transport page for ideas and links to timetables.

 

Seven Sections

The Ceredigion section of the Wales Coast Path can be tackled in up to seven sections – representing seven days walking. Each section ends in a town or village where you can find accommodation and transport. The route sections below are described in order from south to north.

Cardigan to Aberporth

This section runs through farmland to the north of the River Teifi before following a roadside path along the side of the estuary to Gwbert before turning inland for a while, returning to the coast for the iconic vista on the approach to Mwnt. The next stretch is a clifftop route overlooking quiet coves and caves, and is a great stretch to spot dolphins, seals and porpoises. From the glacial meltwater channel of Cwm Gwrddon the path skirts around the Ministry of Defence base before descending into the village of Aberporth.

Distance: 11.7 miles (19.1km).
Difficulty: easy/moderate
Map: Cardigan to Mwnt
Map: Mwnt to Aberporth

Aberporth to Llangrannog

Characterised by high cliffs and secluded beaches, much of this section is designated Heritage Coast. The waterfall at Tresaith is probably the most spectacular of the many coastal cliff waterfalls along Cardigan Bay. There are fine views of the sandy Penbryn beach and the iron age promontary fort at Ynys Lochtyn. The most challenging stretch of this section of the Ceredigion Coast Path lies between Penbryn and Llangrannog, with two sharp climbs and corresponding descents at Traeth Bach, and up to the ramparts of an iron age fort of Castell-bach, before descending into the village of Llangrannog.

Distance: 4.8 miles (7.7km).
Difficulty: moderate/hard
Map: Aberporth to Llangrannog

Llangrannog to New Quay

Arguably the most spectacular part of the Ceredigion Coast Path, this section is Heritage Coast and includes the iconic Ynys Lochtyn, the folded rock formations of Cwmtydu and Cwm Soden. Near New Quay, Birds Rock is a great area for spotting both marine wildlife and seabirds.

Distance: 9.4 miles (15km).
Difficulty: moderate
Map: North of Llangrannog, with alternative inland route
Map: South of New Quay

New Quay to Aberaeron

A popular stretch of the Coast Path, which includes a stretch along Traethgwyn beach at low tide to Llanina - a favourite route of the poet Dylan Thomas. Check tide times before taking the beach route (map 2 shows an alternative route). From Llanina the route continues via the sheltered Cei Bach and Cwm Buwch, where the meandering Afon Drywi carves some interesting topography before becoming a waterfall.

Distance: 6.5 miles (10.5km).
Difficulty: easy/moderate
Map: New Quay to Aberaeron
Map 2: alternative route option between New Quay and Cei Bach

Aberaeron to Llanrhystud

The gentlest stretch of the Ceredigion Coast Path lies along the top of soft cliffs on the coastal flats between Aberaeron and Aberarth. A gentle climb out of Aberarth then takes you over Graig for great views over the next stretch of coastal flats at Llanon. Along the foreshore between Llanon and Llanrhystud are the remains of medieval fish traps, and on the nearby Craig-as are the remains of a series of four limekilns and related buildings.

Distance: 7.4 miles (11.9km).
Difficulty: easy/moderate
Map: north of Aberaeron
Map: Llanon/ Llansanffraid alternative route options
Map: south of Llanrhystud

Llanrhystud to Aberystwyth

A challenging and dramatic section of Heritage Coast, this section includes the 'hanging oak woodlands' of Penderi Cliffs nature reserve, an important habitat and breeding ground for a wide variety of seabirds. The approach towards Aberystwyth harbour is along the shingle beach of Tanybwlch nature reserve, which lies below the distinctive Pendinas hill and iron age fort.

Distance: 10.6 miles (17km).
Difficulty: moderate/hard
Map: north of Llanrhystud
Map: south of Aberystwyth

Aberystwyth to Borth/Ynys Las

The Coast Path route between Aberystwyth and Clarach passes over Craig Glais, or 'Constitution Hill'. The Cliff Railway can take the effort out of a steep climb to the summit, and the Camera Obscura is an alternative way to enjoy the panoramic views of Cardigan Bay and the town of Aberystwyth below. The next 3 mile (5km) section between Clarach and Borth is the hardest, with several big climbs to tackle. Look out for the pebble 'causeway' of Sarn Cynfelyn stretching out to sea at Wallog. Low tide, particularly in winter,also reveals the remains of a submerged forest along the final, easy section of the Ceredigion Coast Path between Borth and the sandunes nature reserve of Ynyslas. The route of the Wales Coast Path heads east towards Tre Taliesin and Tre'r Ddol across the wildlife rich wetlands of Cors Fochno, the RSPB reserve of Ynyshir, Eglwysfach and onwards to Machynlleth to cross the Dyfi river.

Distance: 4.9 miles(7.8km) to Borth and another 4.9 miles (7.9km) to Ynyslas.
Difficulty: easy/moderate/hard
Map: north of Aberystwyth