Ceredigion Coastal Path: A Scenic Journey Along the West Wales Coastline

Defined by its breathtaking beauty and serene landscapes, the Ceredigion Coastal Path presents a mesmerizing opportunity for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike. Stretching along the picturesque West Wales coastline, this remarkable trail spans 60 miles from the southern town of Cardigan to the northern town of Ynyslas. As you embark on this enchanting journey, you’ll meander through charming villages, rugged cliffs, sandy beaches and lush greenery, immersing yourself in the tranquility of the natural world.

Discovering the Villages and Towns Along the Way


As you continue your journey north, you’ll come across the vibrant village of Aberporth, known for its beautiful sandy beaches and clear waters. Spend a day lounging on the beach or continue strolling along the coastal path to soak in the breathtaking views of the Cardigan Bay.


Llangrannog village beach is a sandy cove nestling between dramatic cliffs, with fishing boats and surfing equipment gathered around the slipway. From a perfect picnic spot on the clifftop above, a statue of St Carannog casts a timeless gaze over the beach and over the dramatic coastline.

New Quay

As you continue north, along the Heritage Coast and arguably the most spectacular part of the Ceredigion Coast Path, the section between Llangrannog and New Quay includes the iconic Ynys Lochtyn, the coves of Cwmtydu and Cwm Soden and Birds Rock – a great area for spotting both marine wildlife and seabirds. With three very different, beautiful and popular beaches, Harbour Beach is New Quay’s main beach, tucked below the sloping terraces of the village and sheltered from the prevailing weather by the harbour wall. A designated Blue Flag beach, its soft, fine sand makes a firm favourite with families. Walk along Traeth Gwyn at low tide and you’ll be following in the footsteps of Dylan Thomas. It is centre for Cardigan Bay Watersports Centre activity, and a great place to catch a boat either for some dolphin spotting or some fishing.


The section of the path between New Quay and Aberaeron is one of the most popular stretches, and includes ones of the favourite walks of Dylan Thomas, along the beach between the town and his wartime home at Llanina.  From Llanina, the path continues past Cei Bach and Cwm Buwch where the river Drywi has carved its way over a waterfall to the sea. The town itself is picture postcard pretty with colourful and graceful buildings, a friendly leisure harbour and a great series of summer events, with the delightful river Aeron flowing through it into Cardigan Bay.


The gentlest stretch of the path lies along the top of cliffs on the coastal flats between Aberaeron and Aberarth, where it then climbs to reveal great views north towards Aberystwyth and Snowdonia. Continuing along the foreshore between Llanon and Llanrhystud are the remains of Craig-las limekilns and related buildings.


Whilst the route between Llanrhystud and Aberystwyth is challenging, it is also a dramatic and section of the coast, with the ‘hanging woodlands’ of Penderi Cliffs nature reserve to be found along the way. This stretch has become an important habitat and breeding ground for a wide variety of seabirds, including a colony of cormorants. You can spot chough, kestrels, peregrine falcons and ravens too, with rock platforms providing a secluded nursery for Atlantic grey seals. Aberystwyth seafront and streets still retains much of their Georgian and Victorian character.  For a great view of the town climb Constitution Hill, or if you prefer use the Cliff Railway, which ​provides a more leisurely alternative, as well as fantastic views.


The route of the path between Aberystwyth and Ynyslas follows the undulating contours of cliffs and slopes to Borth, where the Wales and Ceredigion Coastal Paths diverge: one inland around the expanse of Cors Fochno to find a crossing point over the river Dyfi with the other continuing to the estuary and sand dunes of Ynyslas. This part of the coast has several geological features that have given rise to legends. The most distinctive is Sarn Cynfelyn, a pebble ’causeway’ that extends almost seven miles out to sea from Wallog.

Immersing Yourself in Nature

Rugged Cliffs and Seaside Splendour

The Ceredigion Coastal Path offers a unique blend of rugged cliffs and serene seaside landscapes, allowing you to experience the untamed beauty of the West Wales coastline. From towering cliffs to secluded coves, each turn of the path unveils a new vista, inviting you to pause and appreciate the wonders of nature.

Wildlife Encounters and Birdwatching

As you traverse the coastal path, keep an eye out for the diverse wildlife that calls this region home. From playful dolphins and seals in the waters below to majestic birds of prey soaring above, the Ceredigion coastline is a haven for nature enthusiasts and birdwatchers alike. Don’t forget to pack a pair of binoculars to get a closer look at these fascinating creatures.

Embracing Sustainable Living

Eco-Conscious Accommodation

Whether you choose to camp under the stars or indulge in a glamping experience, The Enchanted Oak offers eco-conscious accommodations that cater to sustainable living. From solar-powered energy to composting toilets and vegan toiletries, every aspect of your stay is thoughtfully designed to minimize environmental impact and immerse you in the beauty of nature.

So as you dream of your next escape to West Wales, why not consider The Enchanted Oak, located mid-way along the path and just outside Aberaeron, as your basecamp for exploring the Ceredigion Coastal Path?. Book your stay today and immerse yourself in the magic of the Ceredigion coastline.

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