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Ceredigion Coast Path

Walking holidays in Ceredigion are a wonderful opportunity to discover the beauty of our coast. At any time of year, you will marvel at the layers of folded rock in the cliff faces and enjoy the splendid views which often extend to the Lleyn Peninsula of North Wales. Spring is the time for brilliant yellow gorse, pink sea thrift and white sea campion; in autumn, there are seal pups on the beaches and toadstools on the headlands.

About the path

The Ceredigion Coastal Path is waymarked from Cardigan to Ynyslas, just north of Aberystwyth. If you’re intent on walking its entire length then the official start is the bronze otter which stands next to the bridge on the north side of the Teifi River (a local habit is to dress him up in appropriate outfits during significant events). The war memorial in Ynyslas marks the other end.

The project of creating a continuous path along the coast of Cereidigon was funded under the EU Objective 1 programme for West Wales and includes four sections of Heritage Coast and two marine Special Areas of Conservation.

Cardigan Bay is particularly renowned for its populations of bottlenose dolphins, grey seals and porpoises. A great number of birds can be spotted along the cliffs and out to sea, and spring and autumn can bring exciting migrant species. There is a fabulous mixture of landscapes along the way: high cliffs, storm beaches, sandy bays and the dune system at Ynyslas. Of course, you also have the chance to pass through many villages and towns where refreshment can be sought!

Creation of the Ceredigion Coast Path

The fame of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path has spread far and wide since its opening in 1970, tempting many to hike its entire length of 186 miles along the cliffs and around the bays. Some have taken pleasure in just walking a short stretch of it in order to glimpse the delights of our West Wales coastline.

Hats off to those who campaigned for the extension of the path in both directions with the aim of opening up a walking route along the entire coast of Wales. After much work and negotiation, the 65-mile Ceredigion Coast Path section was opened in 2008, and others followed until in 2012 the existing public rights of way had been linked to make a continuous route: the Wales Coast Path, which is 870 miles in total and runs from Chepstow to Queensferry.

Accessing sections of the Ceredigion Coast Path

The path can easily be split into smaller sections with access by road. If you don’t have a family member or friend willing to act as taxi driver, then return to base on the Cardi Bach bus, which calls at many of the coastal villages and towns along the way. At Borth and Aberystwyth, the northern part of the Ceredigion Coast Path can be accessed by train on the Cambrian Line

Sections of the Ceredigion Coast Path

  • Section 1. Part 1 - Cardigan to Gwbert: 3.5 miles
  • Section 1. Part 1 - Gwbert to Mwnt: 3.6 miles (A temporary route connects Gwbert with Mwnt due to legal proceedings making that part of the path unavailable for use).
  • Section 1. Part 2 - Mwnt to Aberporth: 5 miles
  • Section 2. Part 1 - Aberporth to Tresaith: 2 miles
  • Section 2. Part 2 - Tresaith to Penbryn: 1.6 miles
  • Section 2. Part 3 - Penbryn to Llangrannog: 1.8 miles
  • Section 3. Part 1 - Llangrannog to Cwmtydu: 5.9 miles
  • Section 3. Part 2 - Cwmtydu to New Quay: 3.5 miles
  • Section 4. Part 1 - New Quay to Cei Bach: 1.9 miles
  • Section 4. Part 2 - Cei Bach to Aberaeron: 4.7 miles
  • Section 5. Part 1 - Aberaeron to Aberarth: 1.9 miles
  • Section 5. Part 2 - Aberarth to Llanon: 3 miles
  • Section 5. Part 3 - Llanon village: alternative route if foreshore impassible due to high water levels in the river
  • Section 5. Part 4 - Llanon to Llanrhystud: 2.5 miles
  • Section 6. Llanrhystud to Aberystwyth: 10.6 miles
  • Section 7. Part 1 - Aberystwyth to Clarach: 1.7 miles
  • Section 7. Part 2 - Clarach to Borth: 3.2 miles
  • Section 7. Part 3 - Borth to Ynyslas: 4.9 miles

Before undertaking any of the sections, please consult Discover Ceredigion for updates and details. Occasionally, a section might be closed. If walking between beaches, check the tide tables carefully.

Inclusive access section of the Ceredigion Coast Path

The path often dips down into steep-sided valleys so some sections include significant climbs but some of the flatter sections are suitable for walkers of limited mobility. The section between Aberporth and Tresaith has been re-routed recently to avoid steps. There is also the Aberporth Inclusive Access Cliff Top Trail: a stretch of just over half a mile of high-quality surfaced path which meets wheelchair gradient standards.

Holiday cottages near the Ceredigion Coast Path

If you are looking for somewhere to stay near the Ceredigion Coast, why not take a look at our Cardigan Bay holiday cottages?

Walks

Aberaeron to Aberarth

Area: Cardigan Bay County: Ceredigion
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Section 5; Part 1 Section 5 is the easiest of all as it runs along soft cliffs near to flat coastal areas. The cliffs are low but liable to be undercut so take care as they can erode rapidly.

  • Coastal
  • Cafe/Pub
  • Coastal Path Section
  • Distance: approximately 1.9 miles
  • Time: approximately 1 hour
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Aberarth to Llanon

Area: Cardigan Bay County: Ceredigion
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Section 5; Part 2 There is a gentle climb on the southern half of this section. No stiles and mostly coastal flats make it quite easy. Pushchairs can be taken on the northern bit.

  • Coastal
  • Cafe/Pub
  • Coastal Path Section
  • Distance: approximately 3 miles
  • Time: approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes
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Aberporth to Tresaith

Area: Cardigan Bay County: Ceredigion
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Section 3; Part 1 High cliffs and secret beaches define this part of the walk. This first section is a surfaced path along the cliff-top; it is moderate. The southern mile is wheelchair friendly.

  • Coastal
  • Cafe/Pub
  • Coastal Path Section
  • Distance: approximately 2 miles
  • Time: approximately 1 hour
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Aberystwyth to Clarach

Area: Cardigan Bay County: Ceredigion
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Section 7; Part 1 A moderate part of the path takes you over Constitution Hill with its famous camera obscura. You can cheat and scale the cliff on the funicular railway if you want.

  • Coastal
  • Cafe/Pub
  • Coastal Path Section
  • Distance: approximately 1.7 miles
  • Time: approximately 1 hour
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Borth to Ynyslas

Area: Cardigan Bay County: Ceredigion
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Section 7; Part 3 Now you're on the easy flat again. There is an inland route option due to groynes on the beach. Great views over Borth Bog (Cors Fochno)

  • Coastal
  • Cafe/Pub
  • Coastal Path Section
  • Distance: approximately 4.9 miles
  • Time: approximately 2 hours, 30 minutes
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Cardigan to Gwbert

Area: Teifi Estuary County: Ceredigion
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Section 1; Part 1 This is an easy section with a walk through farmland and on lane by the Teifi Estuary

  • Coastal
  • Cafe/Pub
  • Coastal Path Section
  • Distance: approximately 3.5 miles
  • Time: approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes
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Cei Bach to Aberaeron

Area: Cardigan Bay County: Ceredigion
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Section 4; Part 2 The southern end runs inland for a short stretch but then cliff top open walking is the norm along this moderate section. There is a waterfall at Cwm Buwch gushing down to an inaccessible beach. The map marker shows the start of the walk NOT a parking place

  • Coastal
  • Cafe/Pub
  • Coastal Path Section
  • Distance: approximately 4.7 miles
  • Time: approximately 2 hours, 30 minutes
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Clarach to Borth

Area: Cardigan Bay County: Ceredigion
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Section 7; Part 2 This bit is famed for being strenuous. There are a few big ascents so be prepared! View of the Sarn Cynfelin causeway at low tide from Wallog. It is glacial moraine from the last Ice Age.

  • Coastal
  • Cafe/Pub
  • Coastal Path Section
  • Distance: approximately 3.2 miles
  • Time: approximately 2 hours
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Cwm Tydu to Newquay

Area: Cardigan Bay County: Ceredigion
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Section 3; Part 2 Amazing geology defines this part of the route: folded rock patterns in the cliffs. Birds Rock is a former coastguard lookout, so you can be sure of good views of dolphins and seabirds. A moderate walk.

  • Coastal
  • Cafe/Pub
  • Coastal Path Section
  • Distance: approximately 3.5 miles
  • Time: approximately 1 hour, 40 minutes
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Gwbert to Mwnt

Area: Cardigan Bay County: Ceredigion
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Section 1; Part 2. Note this section is currently diverted to an inland walk along lanes. A coastal option is in development.

  • Coastal
  • Coastal Path Section
  • Distance: approximately 3.6 miles
  • Time: approximately 1 hour, 48 minutes
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