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Uncover the cliff-top paths, quiet lanes and picturesque farmland of the West Wales coast on this moderate 5-day walk from the Teifi to the Dyfi estuary.

Price:

£325 per person based on two people sharing

Duration: 5 days
Departures: Available year-round to start on any day of the week
Start point: Cardigan
End point: Ynyslas, near Aberystwyth
 

Offering mixture of dramatic cliff-top paths, quiet lanes and farmland, the route stays close to the sea for much of its 96 kilometres affording great views of Ceredigion's fabulous marine fauna, wildflowers and birdlife. The route, from Cardigan to the sand dunes of Ynyslas, involves some steep sections and in places follows the cliff edge, so a reasonable level of fitness and a head for heights are recommended.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Cardigan.

Day 2: Cardigan to Aberporth – 11 ½ miles (19 km)
The route starts in the picturesque town of Cardigan, founded in the late 12th century, before heading north to the hamlet of Gwbert and then on to the beautiful beach and church of Mwnt. Nestled below a glacier-sculpted ridge, the little chapel stands on the site of a Celtic church that was once the starting point for pilgrims making the voyage to Bardsey Island. The route then hugs the coast, providing fabulous views of the cliffs and coves below, before heading inland to the village of Aberporth.

Day 3: Aberporth to New Quay – 14 miles (22 km)
Some of the best scenery in Ceredigion lies en-route today. This stretch of coastline has been occupied for centuries, and there is evidence of an Iron Age hillfort between Tresaith and Penbryn. The village of Llangrannog is a good place for lunch, before you continue to the secluded little cove of Cwmtydu. A few miles on from the Cwmtydu limekilns lies the bustling seaside town of New Quay. Once the home of Dylan Thomas, it's now a haven for families and surfers with its picturesque harbour and sandy beach.

Day 4: New Quay to Llanrhystud – 14 miles (22 km)
A long walk along the coast path, with some fantastic geology on show as the route traverses the beach at Llanina Point. Watch out for dolphins and seabirds during the second half of the day as you head north through the village of Llanon and along Llanrhystud's pebble beach, where you'll take a much-deserved rest.

Day 5: Llanrhystud to Aberystwyth – 10 ½ miles (17 km)
A more wild and rugged feel on today's walk as the route wanders the cliff tops for much of the day, and encounters very few sites of human habitation. There are great views south to Cardigan Island and north to Cambrian Mountains and the heights of Pumlumon. You'll end at the seaside resort of Aberystwyth. Home to the National Library of Wales and a ruined castle overlooking the Irish Sea, this university town is the largest in the county and offers a great selection of restaurants.

Day 6: Aberystwyth to Ynyslas – 10 miles (16 km)
A shorter final day but with some steep sections on the stretch from Aberystwyth to Upper Borth. At Wallog there is an unusual marine geological feature – a subtidal reef extending many kilometres out into Cardigan Bay. Created by glaciers 10,000 years ago, the moraine forming the reef is made of boulders and pebbles and the shallow water may be favoured by bottlenose dolphin looking for food. An exhilarating finish to the walk will see you enter the Dyfi National Nature Reserve with its impressive sand dunes and rich flora and fauna.

What price includes

 
  • 5 nights accommodation in quality B&Bs, Inns & small hotels
  • Daily luggage transfer, so your baggage is waiting for you
  • Detailed, customised maps, with your daily walk highlighted
  • Written route notes with directions & background information
  • Transfers to/from the nearest rail/bus station at start/end
  • Cooked breakfast included
 

Location

 

Plan your journey by train

Meeting point:
Cardigan or Carmarthen Railway Station

Nearest train station to meeting point:
Carmarthen Railway Station

Transfer to meeting point:
Operator collects guests from station

 
Plan your journey by train to Camarthen
 

Plan your journey by train

Finish point:
Ynyslas, Aberystwyth

Nearest train station to finish point:
Aberystwyth

Transfer to finish point:
Operator drops guests off at station

 
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