Ceredigion Coast Path
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Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
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. So join us and discover the the welsh coast from Cardigan to Ynyslas. Stay at the Cliff Top Hotel overlooking Cardigan Bay and the lovely Conrah Hotel near Aberystwyth
Cliff Hotel & Spa, Gwbert - 3nts
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 - 4nts
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.
Day 1: Arrival Day
Check-in at the Cliff Hotel & Spa is from 15.00. 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
Day 2: Cardigan to Aberporth
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 N.T. 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 1800ft (540m) of ascent.
Day 3: Aberporth to Cwmtydu
After an initial flat first mile we make our way through the holiday village of Tresaith with its spectacular waterfall and the N.T. 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. 10.5 miles (17km) with 2700ft. (800m) of ascent.
Day 4: Cwmtydu to Aberaeron
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 centred around the sailing club.10.5miles (17 km) with 2000ft (600m) of ascent.
Day 5: Aberaeron to Llanrhystud
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. 7.5 miles (12km) with 600ft (200m) of ascent.
Day 6: Llanrhystud to Aberystwyth
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 our destination, now a busy University town and the largest built up area along the west coast of Cardigan Bay. 10.5 miles (17km) with 1500ft (450m) of ascent.
Day 7: Aberystwyth to Ynys Las
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, a caravan holiday destination 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. There is however the remains of a submerged forest offshore which 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 1500ft (450m) of ascent.
The itinerary may be subject to change at the discretion of the leader with regard to the weather and other external factors
Your leader will meet you at Carmarthen Railway station (outside the main entrance) at 16:50 for the 1 hour transfer to the Cliff Hotel & Spa. At the end of the holiday we will return you to Carmarthen railway station for 10:30.
If you will not be using our transfer from Carmarthen please let us know, so that the group aren't waiting for you.
There is a regular rail service to Carmarthen, which usually involves a change at either Swansea or Newport.
For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).
There is a car park at Carmarthen railway station, operated by NCP (a one week pass costs approximately £13). From here you can join the free transfers to and from the hotels (see above).
It is also possible to leave your car in the hotel car park at the Gwestyr Conrah for the duration of the holiday. Please contact the hotel directly for advice. The journey is possible by public bus transport from the Gwestyr Conrah to The Cliff Hotel with a change at Cardigan. Alternatively taxis are available from Cardigan. To check the bus timetable, visit www.traveline-ymru.org.uk
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- 7 nts Full Board en-suite accommodation
- The services of an experienced HF Holidays’ trail leasder
- All luggage transfers and transport on walking days
- Group transfers to and from Carmarthen Station
Prices are per person
Single room: £150 (complete holiday)
If at eight weeks prior to the start of the holiday a sharing partner is unavailable, a single room or room for single occupancy with associated supplement will be allocated to you instead.
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person