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Wales is the only country in the world where you can walk the entire coastline uninterrupted! Embark upon this beautiful section of the path that passes through some quaint villages, bustling towns and offers stunning coastal and mountainous scenery.
Take your time to soak in the beautiful surroundings and spend some time having a well-deserved rest at the places along the way. You route is mapped out for you and very easy to follow, this walk is pure enjoyment!
There are a number of fascinating landmarks to tick off along the way so keep your eyes peeled! Look out for: a submerged ancient forest, an Iron Age hill fort, a large hole in the cliffs known as Monk’s Cave, harbours, quarries, and much more!
This walk is the perfect way to see this stunning stretch of coastline and is an agreeable mix of hiking and relaxation.
6 nights accommodation with a full Welsh breakfast
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Day 1: Arrival in Aberystwyth
Today you will arrive in the coastal University town Aberystwyth, which has good links to Birmingham International airport. Spend the day taking a walk along the promenade and visiting the ruins of Aberystwyth Castle.
Day 2: Borth > Aberystwyth (6 miles)
This morning, take the train to the seaside village of Borth, where your walk will begin. At low tides the stumps of a submerged ancient forest can be seen here. You will head left along the beach or promenade out of the village up the hill to the war memorial - from here will already have fantastic views of Borth and Cardigan Bay. After several steep ascents and descents you will reach the beach at Wallog and if you are lucky enough to reach it at low tide you will see Sarn Gynfelyn on the beach- it is a shingle causeway which continues out over 11km into the sea. You will then reach the small holiday resort of Clarach Bay before ascending to the top of Constitution Hill which overlooks Aberystwyth.
Day 3: Aberystwyth > Llanrhystud (10 miles)
Leaving Aberystwyth you will follow the path around the marina past the beach car park and behind Tanybwlch beach. On your left is Pen Dinas hill, once the home of an Iron Age hill fort thought to have been built 400 BC. Un-miss able is the monument shaped like a canon in memory of the Duke of Wellington. You will ascend onto the cliffs of Allt-wen before descending down to Morfa Bychan. You will reach Twll Twrw, a large hole in the cliff, is also known as Monk’s Cave. You will soon be above Penderi Cliffsm a Wildlife Trust site protected for its oak woodland. After this, you will reach the small seaside village of Llanrhystud- named after St Rhystud who founded a religious settlement here.
Overnight: near Llanrhystud
Day 3: Llanrhystud > New Quay (14 miles)
On leaving Llanrhystud you will pass the remains of four lime kilns and then pass the Church of St Bride just before Llansantffraed From Llanon to Aberarth you will enjoy some beautiful views whilst sticking close to the low cliffs. Just before reaching Aberaeron you will pass the site of Castell Cadwgan, thought to have been built in the 12thcentury. Aberaeron’s harbour is very picturesque and is surrounded by very colourful houses. There are a number of pubs and restaurants which you will get some lunch at. Before reaching New Quay you will pass Llanina Church- a beautiful church looking over Cardigan Bay. The picturesque harbour town of New Quay is very popular with visitors and is thought to have been the inspiration for Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood. Why not take a boat trip from the harbour and get the chance to see the seals and dolphins which are regularly spotted in the area?
Overnight: New Quay
Day 5: New Quay > Llangrannog (9.4 miles)
This morning you will head out of the harbour and follow the path above the quarries of New Quay head. You will reach Craig yr Adar and soon after pass the secluded beach of Traeth y Coubal, and pass the beach at Cwm Soden, thought to have been used by smugglers in the 18th century. Nearby is Castell Bach, a Celtic Iron Age hill fort - its defences are still visible. You will then reach Cwmtydu, where there are two options to continue. Either continue the coastal path and head up on the hillside above Cwmtydu or take the path through the woods towards Pontgarreg. You will pass the Gwersyll yr Urdd camp before reaching the beautiful beach at Llangrannog.
Day 6: Llangrannog > St Dogmaels (14.1 miles)
To start your walk today you will pass another beautiful beach owned by the National Trust - Penbryn. You follow the cliffs around to Tresaith beach, where there is an impressive waterfall down the cliffs, and shortly after reach Aberporth, which has two sandy blue flag beaches. The rest of the walk today will be inland due to the land on Pencribach being used for missile testing and detection. You will join the coastline again by Traeth y Gwryddon following the path around to Mwnt, where there is a very beautiful sheltered beach. You will see the white Church of the Holy Cross which was built in the 14th Century. From Mwnt you will again head inland meeting the coast again at Gwbert, the start of the Teifi Estuary, and soon enter the market town of Cardigan (Aberteifi in the Welsh language), where the first Eisteddfod of Wales took place in the 12th century. Before arriving in the quaint town of St Dogmaels you will pass the Abbey founded by monks in the 12th century. Make sure you visit the beautiful sandy beach of Poppit Sands!
Overnight: St Dogmael's
Day 7: Departure journey
Today enjoy the breakfast in the local area before you depart for your onward journey.