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Walks in Ceredigion

In addition to the miles of Ceredigion Coast Path which now attract walkers from far afield, Ceredigion has its fair share of inland walks in a variety of terrains ranging from mountains and woodland to gently rolling farmland. Many routes are circular and you don’t have to be a hardened hiker to tackle some of the short walks.

The banks of our glorious rivers, the Dyfi, Rheidol, Ystwyth, Aeron and Teifi, provide many enticing strolls or hikes. All these have a particular beauty according to the time of year: spring flowers carpeting the floors of the woods; summer foxgloves and dragonflies; autumn golds and oranges as leaves change colour. Watch out for kingfishers, herons and other birds.

Dyfi Valley

The Dyfi river with its wide, wide estuary flowing to the sea near Borth, provides the conditions for some of the most outstanding landscapes and wildlife areas in Europe with much of the estuary area now designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

You can spend many hours absorbed by the amazing diversity of plant and bird life on Ynyslas dunes and Cors Fochno National Nature Reserve near Borth; wander along award-winning beaches from Aberdyfi to Tywyn in the north and from Ynyslas to Borth in the south.

Machynlleth is an attractive town with a vibrant atmosphere, and many walks are possible from here if you are travelling by train.

Serious long-distance walkers might like to take on the Dyfi Valley Way, in which case various guides are available including the UK Trailwalker’s Handbook.

Rheidol Valley

With its source in the headwaters of the Nant y Moch reservoir a few miles south of Machynlleth in the Cambrian Mountains, the river flows south for a while before turning south-westwards with banks cloaked in ancient oak woodlands and an increasingly deep valley. It joins the Afon Mynach and descends one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Wales at Devil’s Bridge before turning westwards. There are many walks around the Devil’s Bridge area and the valley can also be explored by taking day trips on The Rheidol Valley Railway.

Ystwyth Valley

The river rises on the border of Ceredigion and Powys in the Cambrian Mountains and flows mostly westwards to end its journey at Aberystwyth, where it shares the outlet with the Rheidol.

The valley was long the site of a thriving mineral industry where silver, lead and zinc was mined from Roman times up to the 18th century. During walks in the area, you will see abandoned mine workings but also enjoy miles of unspoilt valley with steep wooded banks and swiftly flowing water.

Teifi Valley

The Afon Teifi flows for 75 miles from Teifi Pools (Llyn Teifi) in the Cambrian Mountains to the sea near Cardigan, offering walks in a wide variety of scenery along its route. Contrast the rugged upland landscape at its source with the lush growth in the peaceful Cilgerran Gorge and the wildlife-rich reed-beds and water meadows near Cardigan.

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Walks

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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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Aberaeron to Lampeter

Area: Heart of Ceredigion County: Ceredigion
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A very long walk, but it can be broken up into chunks. Follows the very beautiful Aeron Valley. The map marker shows the start of the walk NOT a parking place

  • Cafe/Pub
  • Distance: approximately 20.365 miles
  • Time: approximately 10 hours
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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 Constitution Hill

Area: N Ceredigion County: Ceredigion
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Latlon given is for start point; not for parking. Park wherever possible in town and start the walk whichever end suits you best. The cliffs along this route are a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The next third of the walk is through woodland, and the final third crosses farmland. Good paths and minor roads.

  • Circular
  • Coastal
  • Cafe/Pub
  • Distance: approximately 3.5 miles
  • Time: approximately 2 hours
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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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Aberystwyth Two Woods Walk

Area: Aberystwyth County: Ceredigion
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This scenic walk links Parc Natur Penglais and Coed y Cwm. Mostly broad-leaved woodland with old beeches and ash trees. Many views of mountains, Snowdonia and Cardigan Bay. There are two short sections of road. Start at entrance to Parc Natur at eastern end of North Rd. There's a lot of housing development going on here, so you may have to search for parking.

  • Circular
  • Cafe/Pub
  • Distance: approximately 3.5 miles
  • Time: approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes
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Ancient Beech Trail

Area: Cambrian Mountains County: Ceredigion
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Start Arch Car Park. Moderate with one steep climb. Surface generally good but can be muddy in places. See beech trees over 200 years old. pages 18-20 in link gives directions .

  • Circular
  • Cafe/Pub
  • Distance: approximately 0.5 miles
  • Time: approximately 45 minutes
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Barcud Trail

Area: Cambrian Mountains County: Ceredigion
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Very little gradient. Surface generally smooth. Goes round lake where you can watch red kites being fed.

  • Circular
  • Cafe/Pub
  • Distance: approximately 0.7 miles
  • Time: approximately 45 minutes
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Bedford Monument

Area: Ystwyth River Valley County: Ceredigion
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Start in car park on Hafod estate near church between Cwmystwyth and Pont-Rhyd-y-Groes. Gradient is quite gentle but there are steep drops by the path. Rough and wet in places. Moderate. Lovely view from monument. For walk map, buy the Hafod Walks leaflet from car park at Hafod Church, local shops or www.hafod.org

  • Circular
  • Distance: approximately 1 miles
  • Time: approximately 45 minutes
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