|Constitution Hill Aberystwyth||3 miles (5.5 km)||This circular walk visits Constitution Hill and explores the area around the town of Aberystwyth in Ceredigion. It's a fantastic viewpoint with views over the town below, several of the Welsh Mountains and Cardigan Bay. At the hill summit you will find one of the world's largest camera obscuras, offering a bird's eye view of 1000 square miles of countryside and coast. |
The hill is a short climb from the centre of the town. After reaching the summit you continue to the woodland of Glanmor Fach before heading along the golf course and descending back into the town. The footpaths are generally good and there are really nice views for most of the way. On a clear day you can see the Pembroke Coast to the south and Snowdonia to the north.
If you'd like to visit the hill without the climb then you could take the funicular electric cliff railway which is the longest in Britain.
The Abercyclefest also organises a downhill mountain bike race on the hill. See the video below for details!
To continue your walking in the Aberystwyth area catch the Vale of Rheidol Steam Railway to the spectacular Devil's Bridge Falls.
You can also pick up a lovely section of the Ceredigion Coast Path on our Aberystwyth to Borth Walk. View Full Details>>
|Aberystwyth to Borth Walk||5 miles (8 km)||This is a lovely coastal walk from the town of Aberystwyth to the village of Borth along a section of the Ceredigion Coast Path. Borth is located about 5 miles north of the town with a nice footpath taking you along the beaches and cliffs. There's some moderate climbs along the way so a reasonable level of fitness is required. From the cliff tops there are fantastic views down to Aberystwyth and along the coast.|
The walk starts by the pier on the sea front of Aberystwyth, near to the train station. You then head north past Constitution Hill, a wonderful viewpoint with a large Camera Obscura giving a bird's eye view of 1000 square miles of countryside and coast.
The route continues along the cliff top path to Clarach Bay, where you can stop for refreshments at the cafe. Here you'll also find a lovely beach and views of the Afon Clarach which runs into the bay.
The path then climbs above Clarach Bay to Wallog where you will pass an attractive shingle spit named Sarn Gynfelyn.
The final section takes you past the cliffs of Craig y Delyn before descending into the pretty resort of Borth. Features in the village include a nice sandy beach and an ancient submerged forest visible at low tide along the beach. There's also a train station so you can return to Aberystwyth very easily.
To extend the walk continue north along the coast path to the Dyfi National Nature Reserve. The reserve includes lovely beaches, lots of wildlife, views of the Afon Leri and a visitor centre. View Full Details>>
|Aberaeron to Llanerchaeron||3 miles (5 km)||A lovely walk from the Ceredigion town of Aberaeron to the Grade I listed mansion of Llanerchaeron.|
The walk starts in the coastal town of Aberaeron, next to the pier. You then pass along the harbour before picking up a trail along the River Aeron. The trail branches off the river before passing through woodland and arriving at Llanerchaeron.
There's some nice trails to follow around the grounds of the attractive Georgian villa. Features include a working farm, an ornamental lake and walled gardens.
On the farm you can see a variety of animals including Welsh Black cattle, Llanwenog sheep, rare Welsh pigs, chickens, geese and doves.
The walled gardens date from the 18th century and feature kitchen gardens, 200 year old fruit trees, beautiful herbaceous borders and a herb garden.
In the woodland areas you can see wild daffodils, wood anemone and bluebells depending on the time of year. Also look out for birdlife including nesting herons, goldcrests, redstarts and nuthatches.
After exploring the estate you can return to Aberaeron on the same path. View Full Details>>
|Devil's Bridge Falls||1 miles (1 km)||These spectacular falls near Aberystwyth have a lovely nature trail to try. The trail includes a visit to the imposing Jacob's Ladder. This steep series of stone steps is quite challenging so good footwear and a head for heights is required. The effort is well worthwhile with wonderful scenery and the gushing water of the falls to enjoy. There's several viewpoints along the way and a nearby hotel where you can stop for refreshments after your walk.|
There is car parking right next to the falls but you can also come by the Vale of Rheidol Steam Railway which departs from Aberystwyth.
To extend your walk you can explore the Coed Rheidol National Nature Reserve. Here you will find woodland trails and more waterfalls. Just follow the footpaths north west from Devil's Bridge, taking you through the woods to the Afon Rheidol. There's also lots of interesting flora and fauna to look out for in the expansive reserve.
For some nice woodland footpaths and challenging mountain bike trails head to the nearby Nant Y Arian. The large forest is located just a few miles north west of Devil's Bridge and a great place to extend your exercise.
Also in the Ceredigion region is the lovely Cors Caron Nature Reserve. The pretty reserve includes reedbeds, grasslands, woodland, rivers, streams and ponds.
In Aberystwyth you can enjoy a climb to Constitution Hill and pick up the long distance Ceredigion Coast Path. View Full Details>>
|Ceredigion Coast Path||62 miles (100 km)||This walk follows the beautiful coastline of Ceredigion from Cardigan to Borth. The route passes New Quay, Llangrannog, Aberaeron and Aberystwyth. The path includes the dune system at Ynys-las, high cliffs, storm beaches, sandy bays and sea caves. Four sections of the path are designated as Heritage Coast whilst two areas within Cardigan Bay are Marine Special Areas of Conservation. The route also includes the highest numbers of dolphin sightings in the UK - see the video below for more details.|
The walk is waymarked with a coast and sea logo. View Full Details>>
|Cors Caron||1 miles (1.5 km)||This short walk explores the delightful Cors Caron National Nature Reserve in Ceredigion. There is a lovely boardwalk at the south eastern end of the reserve. It's a nice easy stroll with great views over the reserve's raised bogs with surrounding reedbeds, grasslands, woodland, rivers, streams and ponds. It's a peaceful place with views of the River Teifi and the surrounding hills and countryside. The area supports a wide variety of wildlife including badger, blackcap, buzzard, Dartford warbler, fallow deer, nightingale, nightjar and willow warbler. You can also look out for otters around the Teifi and the rare red kite in the air. The reserve is located just north of Tregaron with a car park just off the B4343 .|
The Ystwyth Trail Cycle Route also passes the reserve so if you are visiting by bike you can follow this route from nearby Tregaron or Aberystwyth. The trail follows a disused railway line so can be used to extend your walk too. View Full Details>>
|Plynlimon||5 miles (8 km)||Climb to the highest point in the Cambrian Mountains on this challenging circular walk in Ceredigion. There are wonderful views of the reservoirs, countryside and forests of mid-wales to enjoy.|
The walk starts from the parking area on the A44 at Esteddfa Gurig. You then pass a farm and then through a gate marked 'All Walks' before beginning the ascent. The path takes you to the summit of Pen Pumlumon Fawr which stands at a height of 752 metres (2,467 ft). Here you will find a trig point and magnificent views in all directions. You can then descend the same way or via Pen Y Drawsallt, to the west. View Full Details>>
|Penmon Point||1 miles (1.5 km)||This walk on Penmon Point visits the Trwyn Du Lighthouse where you can enjoy lovely views towards Puffin Island, Great Orme and Snowdon. It's a splendid section of the Anglesey Coast with nice pebble beaches, interesting rock formations and some nice coastal countryside. It's also great for wildlife watching with seals and dolphins to look out for. |
You can park at the car park next to the excellent Pilot House cafe and pick up a good walking trail to the lighthouse on Black Point. Then explore the area on more coastal paths. The village of Penmon is also well worth exploring. It has a fascinating history with the 12th century Pemon Priory. Here you can explore the ancients hermits well, the magnificent dove house and the ancients church. View Full Details>>
|Beaumaris Castle and Coast||2 miles (3 km)||Visit the fascinating 13th century Beaumaris Castle and then enjoy a coastal section on this walk in the town of Beaumaris in Anglesey. The castle was built by Edward I towards the end of the 13th century in order to stamp his authority on the Welsh. However, it was never fully completed with money and supplies running out before the fortifications were finished. It's a hugely impressive sight with UNESCO considering Beaumaris to be one of 'the finest examples of late 13th century and early 14th century military architecture in Europe'. They have classed it as a World Heritage site. |
After exploring the castle you can enjoy a walk along the Anglesey Coast Path towards Fryars Bay. There's great views over the Menai Strait towards Lavan Sands, Ceredigion and Snowdonia.
From Beaumaris you can take a boat trip to visit Puffin Island.
You can extend your walk by continuing north along the Anglesey Coast Path to Penmon Point. Here you'll find the Trwyn Du Lighthouse and great views towards Puffin Island, Great Orme and Snowdon. There's also nice pebble beaches and seals and dolphins to look out for. View Full Details>>
|Teifi Pools||9 miles (15 km)||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 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. View Full Details>>