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Ceredigion Coast Path

The Wales Coast Path along Cardigan Bay

T​he 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 and south towards Pembrokeshire, the Ceredigion Coast path has wildlife, geological and archaeological features and a colourful history to discover along the way. 

At Borth, the route of the Wales Coast Path diverges from that of the Ceredigion Coast path. In order to cross the wide sands of the river Dyfi's estuary, the Wales Coast Path route turns inland, whilst the Ceredigion Coast Path heads for the sandy headland at Ynyslas, the northernmost point of Ceredigion.  

The southern end of the Ceredigion Coast Path joins with the Pembrokeshire Coast Path at Cardigan.​

​Take the Ceredigion Coast Path Challenge

Walk (or run, as the first recipient of the Ceredigion Coast Path Challenge Certificate did in January 2016) the Ceredigion Coast path in its entirety and find the answers to seven questions along the route to claim a personalised completion certificate. 

Download a copy of the Ceredigion Coast Path Challenge leaflet with the questions that you have to answer, or pick up a copy from one of the Ceredigion Tourist Information Centres​​
  
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.

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 area 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

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 miles (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. As you approach Borth you will be rewarded with expansive views over the Dyfi Estuary and the mountains beyond.

Distance: 4.9 miles (7.8km)
Difficulty: easy/moderate/hard​

Map: north of Aberystwyth 

Borth​ to Ynyslas

This is where the Wales Coast Path and the Ceredigion Coast Path diverge as the route approches the wide estuary sands of the Dyfi estuary. To cross the Dyfi you need to head up the valley towards Machynlleth, by crossing Cors Fochno (Borth bog) marshes towards Tre Taliesin and Tre'r Ddol, and onwards to Eglwysfach, where you'll find the RSPB reserve, a furnace from the age of silver-lead mining​ in the Cambrian Mountains, then Glandyfi and the Osprey observatory, and Derwenlas, which was once a busy little port on the river.  

The Ceredigion Coast path takes you to Ynyslas promontory, where you can enjoy views across the sands towards Aberdyfi in Gwynedd, the slopes of mighty Cadair Idris, and across the valley towards Talybont and the Cambrian Mountains.

You can walk along the beach at low tide, and seek out the remains of the submerged forest which gave rise to the legend of Cantre'r Gwaelod. Look out for the Bellringers Stone sculpture on the promenade at Borth. 

You are now in the Dyfi Biosphere​, surrounded by the Dyfi National Nature Reserve. The dunes of Ynyslas and the wetlands of Cors Fochno (Borth Bog) are a haven for all kinds of rare plants and animals. Find out more at the Natural Resources Wales centre at Ynyslas, which is open throughout the summer months. 

Distance: 4.9 milltir ( 7.8km)

Difficulty: easy​

Map: Borth to Ynyslas​