- Secluded coves and endless sandy beaches
- Magnificent rock formations and geology of the area
- Undulating clifftop walking
- The abundance of wildlife including dolphins, porpoises and seals
- Warm and friendly welcome from the locals
The Ceredigion Coast Path follows 60 miles of dramatic coastline on the west coast of Wales. Secluded coves, sandy beaches, rugged clifftops and charming fishing villages are some of the highlights along the path. Much of the walking follows the designated Heritage Coast which fringes Cardigan Bay, recognised for its unspoilt areas. Scan the sea for bottle nose dolphins and listen to the calls of seabirds that thrive in the coastal habitat. Stroll off the path to one of the many sandy beaches to relax and enjoy the tranquil surroundings.
The Ceredigion Coast Path starts in Cardigan and finishes in Yns-las, linking the Teifi with the Dyfi Estuary. Leaving Cardigan you quickly appreciate the tranquil beauty of the area and from Aberporth you enter the Heritage Coast where you can marvel at the waterfall at Tresaith. A couple of tough, steep climbs follows and from Llangrannog to New Quay you follow the most spectacular area of the Ceredigion Coast Path, which is rugged and remote. A mixture of low flat walking and the coastal path follow, heading inland slightly before reaching Aberystwth and finally past Borth to the end at Yns-las.
This is a general stage by stage guide. For all the available day by day itineraries, please see the options on the right.
Arriving in Cardigan
From Cardiff you can catch the train to Carmarthen (1hr 40 mins) and then catch a bus to Cardigan (1hr 35 mins). Alternatively if you are taking your car you can park in either of the 2 designated long term car parks in Cardigan. Arrive early and visit the Heritage Centre, pick up any last minute essentials before setting off in the morning.
Cardigan to Aberporth - 12 miles
Starting from the bronze otter on the north side of the river Teifi the coastal path begins its northern journey. The first half of this day does involve some road walking but from Mwnt onwards you start feeling like you have left the pace of modern life behind. The views across to Cardigan Island (a nature reserve) are spectacular. Towards the end of the day the path heads inland to avoid the MOD base and after a narrow winding road you reach Aberporth.
Aberporth to Cwmtydu - 10 miles
The beaches at Aberporth are worth a visit before you head up the coast today. Tresaith follows with its spectacular waterfall where the river plunges to the shore below. The magnificent beach of Penbryn is another highlight with its untouched sand dunes on either side. From here to Llangarrog is one of the toughest sections of the walk, it is not even 2 miles long but involves a couple of steep climbs. The rest of the walk on to Cwmtydu is fairly strenuous but you will be delighted with fantastic scenery as you walk along the path which is cut into the coastal slope.
Cwmtydu to Aberaeron - 10 miles
The first section to New Quay is an excellent walk with some examples of fantastic rock formations. Great cliff top walking prevails until you reach Bird Rock—Ceredigion’s most important breeding area for seabirds. You may even catch a glimpse of guillemots, fulmars and razorbills. From New Quay you can follow the beach at low tide to Cei Beach where you stop for a well deserved break. The last stretch of this leg heads inland but it's not too long before the cliff top views return.
Aberaeron to Llanrhystud - 8 miles
The first couple of miles on this section are very easy going along the coastal flats. There are two routes that can be taken through Llanon either through the village or the foreshore. Heading on up to Llanrhstud you head slightly inland and one of the highlights on this section is Craig-las where you can see four lime kilns in a row.
Llanrhystud to Aberystwyth - 10 miles
This stretch is one of the most remote sections of the Coast path, it is challenging but extremely worthwhile. One of the highlights on this section are the Penderi Cliffs where seabirds come to nest and where all the sessile oak trees have been stunted in growth due to the strong winds.
Aberystwyth to Ynys-las - 10 miles
Spend time strolling around Aberystwyth town and visiting the castle before heading up along the final section of the path to Ynys-las. Constitution Hill is the first point of interest where you get fantastic views over Cardigan Bay, with its cafe and camera obscura its worth taking a break here. The section from Clarach to Borth is strenuous and when you reach Borth you have to see what the tide is doing before chosing to walk either along the beach or inland. The walk finishes in Ynys-las where the sand dunes are part of the National Nature reserve at the Dyfi Estuary.
Accommodation will be back in Borth, so you can catch the hourly coastal bus back to your accommodation after the walk, or you can walk back if you prefer!
One of the highlights of this tour is the standard of the accommodation. You will stay in carefully selected B&B’s, guesthouses, country pubs and small hotels. We will always try and book en-suite rooms wherever possible.
If you require single rooms within your party we will always try and accommodate you subject to availability. A single supplement is payable.
A hearty breakfast is included each morning. Lunch and dinner are not included but will be available either at your accommodation or nearby pubs and restaurants.
Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate walkers with dogs as many of the accommodation providers do not accept pets.
There is a great wealth of information on the Ceredigion Coast Path website and this also has up to date diversions so it is worth a look before you set off on your walk.
Our itineraries and guide book are written from South to North although the itineraries can be reversed if required.
Additional Nights and Extensions
Many of our clients choose to add extra nights along the walk to sample more of the wonderful walking and attractions available on the Coast Path.
Cardigan, Aberystwyth and Borth are great choices for extra days.
The Ceredigion Coast Path is waymarked with wooden posts. The walk is on well-maintained footpaths, clifftops, beaches and woodland trails. It does involve some steep ascent and descent especially in the Northern Sections of the Path.
This walking holiday is available to solo walkers but as we incur additional baggage transfer costs there is a solo walker supplement payable.
Daily door to door baggage transfer is included in the cost of your holiday. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 18kg per person.
Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes and a day pack.
The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.
Getting to Cardigan
If you are coming from Cardiff then the best option is to get a train to Carmarthen (1hr 40) then take a bus to Cardigan (1hr 35). From Swansea the train takes 50mins to Carmarthen and then the bus (1hr 35) which is the best option.
If you are taking your car you can park in either of the 2 designated long term car parks in Cardigan.
Getting from Ynys-las/Borth
There is no accommodation in Ynys-las so we will more often than not book you in to Borth for your last overnight.
By Train—There is a train station in Borth and from here you can catch the train to Aberystwyth (25 mins) where you can connect for onward travel.
- Bed and breakfast accommodation in ensuite rooms wherever possible.
- Door to door baggage transfer.
- A detailed info pack, guide book and map.
- Emergency telephone support from our office in the event of a problem.
- Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks
- Entrance fees (where applicable)
- Transport should you need to skip a stage
- Travel Insurance
- Additional nights
- Solo walker supplement
We are often asked the following questions, and we hope that you will find the answers useful. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any other questions.
How fit do I need to be?
We offer a range of itineraries with differing daily distances so you can find an itinerary that suits your preferred level of activity. If you currently don’t enjoy an active lifestyle, we suggest regular walking in hilly terrain supplemented by cardiovascular exercise before your walk. A good gym or personal trainer will be able to draw up a personalised training programme.
How far in advance do I need to book?
We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as the Coast Path is extremely popular especially over April/May and July/August. You will find up to date availability on our website, and we will always try and accommodate your plans.
What is the largest group size you can accommodate on this trip?
We would not recommend this trip for more than eight people due to limited accommodation. If your group is larger than this, please contact our Wales Destination and Adventure Sales Specialists for help in tailor-making your adventure.
What personal equipment do I need?
You will need good walking shoes/boots (ideally waterproof), comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack and hats/gloves etc.
When is the best time of year?
This walking holiday is best enjoyed between March and mid-October. Springtime weather can be changeable but usually the driest time of year. Autumn is another good time to walk with the path being less crowded, and the weather should still be good.
Am I able to take my dog?
Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate walkers with dogs as many of the accommodation providers we use do not accept pets.
What happens if I can’t walk a stage?
You can use public transport or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop.