This splendid circular walk in the Cambrian Mountains takes you around a series of beautiful lakes. The lakes of Llyn Teifi, Llyn Hir, Llyn Gorlan, and Llyn Egnant are collectively known as the Teifi Pools. A footpath starts from the car park at the Strata Florida Abbey near Tregaron and Pontrhydfendigaid in the county of Ceredigion. The former Cistercian abbey was originally founded in 1164. You can explore the ruins which include a largely in tact main entrance archway.
The 9 mile walk then follows country lanes and footpaths to the lakes. It is quite a challenging walk as you must climb up to the lakes which are in a elevated position of about 1400ft. You'll climb to Cwm Teifi before heading around and between the lakes. The route then descends past Graig Wen and Nant Egnant to the abbey car park. It's a challenging route but you are rewarded with wonderful views over the Cambrian Mountains and the lovely countryside of the River Teifi Valley.
You can see the route start point of the abbey ruins and car park on the google street view link below!
If you enjoy this walk then you could head to the nearby Claerwen Reservoir and follow the waterside cycle and walking track along the lake.
Teifi Pools PostcodeSY25 6ES - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Teifi Pools Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
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Teifi Pools OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Teifi Pools Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Teifi Pools Pubs/Cafes
The village of Pontrhydfendigaid is located just to the west of the abbey at the start of the walk. Here you can visit the Red Lion and enjoy some post walk refreshments. It's a dog friendly pub with a good menu and garden to sit outside in. After your meal you could explore the little village and enjoy a stroll along the River Teifi which runs through the centre of Pontrhydfendigaid. You can find the pub close to the river on Bridge Street with a postcode of SY256BH for your sat navs.