Ceredigion Coast Path

Waterfall at Tresaith Beach, Cardigan Bay, Wales.
Duration: 7 nights
Type: Trails
Walking Grade: 4
from £975pp

Follow this spectacular stretch of the Welsh coast taking in pretty fishing villages and isolated sandy and pebble beaches with the opportunity to see dolphins, whales and seals along the way. The Ceredigion Coast Path has all these features in abundance. Join us and discover the Welsh coast from Cardigan to Ynys Las. Stay at the Cliff Top Hotel overlooking Cardigan Bay and the lovely Conrah Hotel near Aberystwyth.

Holiday Highlights

  • Spectacular stretch of Welsh coastline
  • See dolphins, whales, seals and a host of sea birds
  • Pretty fishing villages with sandy and pebble beaches
  • Visit the university town of Aberystwyth

What’s included

  • Full Board en-suite accommodation 
  • Experienced HF Holidays Walking Leader
  • All transport to and from the walks
  • Luggage transfer between accommodation
  • Group transfers to and from Carmarthen Station

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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Check-in at the Cliff Hotel & Spa is from 3pm. Your leader will either be on the transfer from Carmarthen station or will join you for a welcome meeting prior to dinner on your arrival evening.

Cliff Hotel & Spa, Gwbert - Ceredigion Coast Path

The Cliff Hotel & Spa at Gwbert, stands prominently on the edge of the coastline with breathtaking panoramic views over Cardigan Bay, the rugged coastline, the Teifi Estuary and the broad sweep of Poppit Sands. Rooms include TV, hairdryer, WIFi, TV, tea and coffee making facilities. Spa facilities are also available. 


Our walk starts in Cardigan with its Norman Castle, on the banks of the River Teifi. Cardigan was an important shipping port in times gone by. We initially follow the river on our way to Gwbert with views on route of St. Dogmaels and Poppit Sands across the estuary, before turning north with Cardigan Island ahead. Hugging the undulating coastline we reach the National Trust owned Mwnt beach and headland complete with its whitewashed church. Continuing along the cliff tops initially we have to detour inland to avoid the M.O.D. establishment before descending to the pretty village of Aberporth. 12 miles (19km) with 1,850 feet (560m) of ascent.

Cliff Hotel & Spa, Gwbert - Ceredigion Coast Path

The Cliff Hotel & Spa at Gwbert, stands prominently on the edge of the coastline with breathtaking panoramic views over Cardigan Bay, the rugged coastline, the Teifi Estuary and the broad sweep of Poppit Sands. Rooms include TV, hairdryer, WIFi, TV, tea and coffee making facilities. Spa facilities are also available. 


After an initial flat first mile we make our way through the holiday village of Tresaith with its spectacular waterfall and the National Trust owned Penbryn, with a visitor centre. We continue on our rollercoaster journey towards Ynys Lochtyn which is represented in the Cardigan coast path symbol. We are now high above the water with super views of the coastline ahead, before arriving in the charming village of Llangrannog with its sandy beach and facilities. We pass between Pendinas iron age hill fort and Ynys Lochtyn where dolphins are often seen, and continue high on the cliffs to our destination, the tiny hamlet of Cwmtydu and the end of a rewarding but tough day. 9½ miles (15 km) with 2,700 feet (800m) of ascent.

Cliff Hotel & Spa, Gwbert - Ceredigion Coast Path

The Cliff Hotel & Spa at Gwbert, stands prominently on the edge of the coastline with breathtaking panoramic views over Cardigan Bay, the rugged coastline, the Teifi Estuary and the broad sweep of Poppit Sands. Rooms include TV, hairdryer, WIFi, TV, tea and coffee making facilities. Spa facilities are also available. 


We ascend onto the cliff top path, high above the shoreline with wonderful coastal views. Shortly we arrive at the popular resort town of New Quay with its ample facilities. Dylan Thomas lived here in the 1940's. From here providing the tide is right we have over a mile of firm, sandy beach walk before continuing along the cliff top to the purpose built and quirky holiday village of Gilfach yr Halen. The isolated and sometimes inaccessible coves around here are favourite seal nurseries between August and November. We end our day at the prettiest town on the whole Ceredigion coastline, Aberaeron, with its sheltered harbour and regency planned colourful houses. Originally a ship building town it has now transformed into the place for pleasure boating centered around the sailing club. 9½ miles (15 km) with 1,750 feet (530m) of ascent.

Gwestyr Conrah Hotel, near Aberystwyth - Ceredigion Coast Path

The Conrah was originally the mansion house of the Ffosrhydgaled Estate and is set in extensive grounds in rolling Welsh countryside, some 4 miles from the university coastal town of Aberystwyth. A warm Welsh welcome awaits you – we hope you will enjoy your stay! Rooms include TV, tea and coffee making facilities and hairdryer. Drying facilities are available. WiFi is available but limited. Mobile phone reception variable. 


Today we have an easier day's walking, which will give us more time to look around Aberaeron before departure on an easy flat section to the compact village of Aberarth. Just before the village at low tide the old fishing quay and fish traps may be seen. It is likely that the building stones of Strata Florida Monastry, 10 miles to the east inland, were landed here. We continue hugging the coast passing more fish traps to Llanon, named after the mother of St. David, We continue passing Llansanffraid church. Curiously there is no harbour here but 24 seagoing vessels were built on the beach, the largest being 248 tons. We end our day at Llanrhystud, a little way inland. 7½ miles (12km) with 600 feet (180m) of ascent.

Gwestyr Conrah Hotel, near Aberystwyth - Ceredigion Coast Path

The Conrah was originally the mansion house of the Ffosrhydgaled Estate and is set in extensive grounds in rolling Welsh countryside, some 4 miles from the university coastal town of Aberystwyth. A warm Welsh welcome awaits you – we hope you will enjoy your stay! Rooms include TV, tea and coffee making facilities and hairdryer. Drying facilities are available. WiFi is available but limited. Mobile phone reception variable. 


Making our way back onto the path from the agricultural village with its impressive church, we reach the coast again soon passing Mynachdu'r Graig. [Monk's house on the rock] which formerly was one of Strata Florida's farms providing fresh food sustenance for the Monks. Shortly after we pass the substantial derelict farmhouse of Ffos Las. Easier going from here on a good track to another of the Monks farms, Morfa Bychan, now a caravan park. From here is one of the best sections of the whole walk with super views of Snowdonia and Llyn Peninsula and the Plynlimon hills to the east. We descend steeply to the pebbly beach of Tanybwlch with Aberystwyth beckoning ahead. We cross the river Ystwyth, then the Rheidol to arrive at Aberystwyth, now a busy University town and the largest built up area along the west coast of Cardigan Bay. 10½ miles (17km) with 2,150 feet (640m) of ascent.

Gwestyr Conrah Hotel, near Aberystwyth - Ceredigion Coast Path

The Conrah was originally the mansion house of the Ffosrhydgaled Estate and is set in extensive grounds in rolling Welsh countryside, some 4 miles from the university coastal town of Aberystwyth. A warm Welsh welcome awaits you – we hope you will enjoy your stay! Rooms include TV, tea and coffee making facilities and hairdryer. Drying facilities are available. WiFi is available but limited. Mobile phone reception variable. 


Our last walking day starts along the wide promenade to reach the far end and taking the path alongside the cliff railway onto the cliff top. After admiring the view over Aberystwyth we continue on a good path to Clarach Bay, with a lovely beach. Continuing our rollercoaster ride on the cliff top with even better views of Snowdonia and the Llyn Peninsula we pass Wallog Mansion, the closest positioned country house to the coast, in the whole county. Eventually reaching Borth, another holiday village, where legend has it that Cantref Gwaelod, a submerged kingdom, was here, whose drowned church's bells can still be heard on still evenings in Aberdyfi. The remains of a submerged forest offshore can be seen at very low tides. From Borth the last section is flat and we make our way along the channelled River Leri to our destination, the visitor center at Ynys Las on the Dyfi estuary. 10 miles (16km) with 1,500 feet (450m) of ascent.

Gwestyr Conrah Hotel, near Aberystwyth - Ceredigion Coast Path

The Conrah was originally the mansion house of the Ffosrhydgaled Estate and is set in extensive grounds in rolling Welsh countryside, some 4 miles from the university coastal town of Aberystwyth. A warm Welsh welcome awaits you – we hope you will enjoy your stay! Rooms include TV, tea and coffee making facilities and hairdryer. Drying facilities are available. WiFi is available but limited. Mobile phone reception variable. 


If you are joining our transfer, we will return you to Carmarthen station for 10.30am.


Ceredigion Coast Map

Cliff Hotel & Spa, Gwbert - Ceredigion Coast Path

The Cliff Hotel & Spa at Gwbert, stands prominently on the edge of the coastline with breathtaking panoramic views over Cardigan Bay, the rugged coastline, the Teifi Estuary and the broad sweep of Poppit Sands. Rooms include TV, hairdryer, WIFi, TV, tea and coffee making facilities. Spa facilities are also available. 

Gwestyr Conrah Hotel, near Aberystwyth - Ceredigion Coast Path

The Conrah was originally the mansion house of the Ffosrhydgaled Estate and is set in extensive grounds in rolling Welsh countryside, some 4 miles from the university coastal town of Aberystwyth. A warm Welsh welcome awaits you – we hope you will enjoy your stay! Rooms include TV, tea and coffee making facilities and hairdryer. Drying facilities are available. WiFi is available but limited. Mobile phone reception variable. 

What to Bring

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety and comfort are our priorities, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares)
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers
  • Warm hat and gloves. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner
  • Thermos flask for hit drink
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litres)
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar
  • Small torch
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed)

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
  • Insect repellent and a midge hood is highly recommended for Scotland
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Camera

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Holiday Prices

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2020
08 May - 15 May
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10 Jul - 17 Jul
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04 Sep - 11 Sep
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Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Trails
Walking Grade:
4

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