Coastal path walking
The Ceredigion Coastal Path
2013’s New Year Resolution for Stallion Valley holiday cottage owners, Mick & Julie Baross, was to walk the 60 mile Ceredigion Coastal Path.
Our first walk was on January 15th 2013, Mick’s 60th birthday. We set off from the view point car park at Gwbert and walked back to the start off the path in Cardigan (3 miles) where we had lunch and walked back to our car in Gwbert.
The Grand plan is to break the walk into easy stages of up the 6 miles, a distance long enough to provide a sense of achievement but not so far as to become a trudge. Each walk is numbered sequentially, from 1 starting in the south and to 20 finishing in the north.
The coastal path starts in Cardigan, near the Ceredigion county boundary with Pembrokeshire in the South and heads north for 60 miles to Ynyslas where it finishes near the county boundary with Powys.
The Ceredigion Coast Path provides access to the spectacular and varied coastline of Cardigan Bay on the west coast of Wales. It is an amazingly diverse landscape of sweeping sandy beaches, dunes, rock pools, waterfalls, rugged cliffs and pretty villages.
Highlights of the various walks include:-
- amazing views of the Pembrokeshire coast, Cardigan Bay and the mountains of Snowdonia
- waterfalls tumbling over the cliffs
- wildlife, seabirds, seals, dolphins, butterflies and wildflowers
- historic towns & harbours, Cardigan, New Quay, Aberaeron and Aberystwyth
- pretty villages Aberporth, Llangrannog, Aberarth, Llannon, & Llanrhystud
- wonderful beaches Mwnt, Tresaith, Penbryn, New Quay, Cei Bach, Borth & Ynyslas
The wildlife along the Ceredigion Coast Path is special. Sea birds of many types of course and choughs are almost uniquely seen on the cliffs along the footpath. Red Kites and buzzards add to the variety. Grey seals are often be spotted and bottlenose dolphin and harbour porpoise are frequently seen close inshore. Ceredigion has the highest number of dolphin sightings in the UK.
There are four sections of designated Heritage Coast and two areas of Cardigan Bay are Marine Special Areas of Conservation because of their importance for wildlife.
Ordinance Survey Explorer map numbers: 198 south & 213 north
Ordinance Survey Landranger map numbers: 145 south, 146 mid and 135 north
This year's New Year Resolution was to walk the 60 mile Ceredigion Coastal Path.
So on my 60th birthday January 15th 2013, we made a start. Julie & I with our 3 dogs walked from Gwbert to Cardigan (3 miles) had a super lunch and back again.
On Tuesday February 12th we walked the 3.5 mile section from Gwbert to Mwnt beach along with our 3 dogs. This section is perhaps the least attractive of the path as it detours away from the coast and over half of the walk is along roads.
On Thursday 22nd August 2013 we set off on a 4 mile dog friendly walk circular walk from Mwnt National Trust beach to Penpeles with our 2 dogs.
This was a varied walk starting from the National Trust pay and display car park ... a wonderful day out.
On Tuesday 23rd April 2013 we tackled a 5 mile dog friendly walk circular walk This was a varied walk starting at the weapons testing base in Aberporth, heading across fields and lanes, down a small wooded valley to the coastal promontory at Penpeles
We chose probably the easiest section of the path from Aberporth to Tresaith. The first half mile or so is a tarmac path designed to be suitable for wheelchairs.
The path may be easy but the views from it are still magnificent.
On Thursday 8th August we chose a relatively easy walk from Prenbryn to Tresaith, about 3 miles return, A varied walk with woods, streams, 2 waterfalls, cliff views, beaches, a pub and a café. Wonderful West Wales at its best.
As we came to the headland we spotted the statue of Saint Crannog on the cliff over-looking the beautiful seaside village of Llangrannog.
Saint Crannog landed here in the 6th century with the intention of meditating and spreading the word of god.
On Wednesday 30th October 2013 we tackled the 3 mile circular walk which includes arguably Ceredigion’s most scenic cove and section of coastal path at Ynys Lochtyn, the icon of The Ceredigion Coastal path.
Thursday 7th November 2013 we tackled the 4 mile section from Cwmtydu to Llangrannog. In this direction we avoided a steep uphill section and had wonderful views of Ynys Lochtyn to walk towards.
..afterwards down to Llangrannog for tea and cakes
This was varied walk:-
• a historic church
• a beautiful wood land
• stunning cliff views
• the site of an ancient fort
• 2 beaches
• some good exercise climbing back up the hill to finish.
On Tuesday 19th February we tackled the 3.5 mile section from New Quay to Cwm Silio beach along with our 3 dogs.This section has some wonderful scenery, and offers various circular walks, we chose the 6 mile option.
On Sunday 24th March we decided to have a bracing morning walk along the beach We chose probably the shortest (about a mile) and easiest section of the path from Cei Bach to New Quay. This is best at low tide when you can walk along the sandy beach.
6th April 2013 we tackled the 5 mile section from Aberaeron to Cei bach beach. This was probably the most scenic part of the path we have walked so far.
... The stream launched itself over the cliff and cascaded down onto to an inaccessible beach.
On Tuesday 27th August 2013 we tackled the 3 mile return section from Aberaeron to Aberarth.
This is a short level and easy walk a good way to work up an appetite for lunch.
Holiday cottage owners Mick & Julie's New Year's resolution was to walk the 60 mile long Ceredigion Coastal path in sections during 2013.
On Tuesday 2nd April 2013 we tackled the 3.5 mile section from Llannon to Aberarth, two small coastal villages.
On 4th June 2013 we decided to do the short coastal section between Lannon and Llanrhystud incorporating it into a circular route with the variety of a wooded valley walk and a section through open fields high above the coast with excellent views.
On Friday 22nd November 2013 we set off on a sunny chilly afternoon on the longest of our Ceredigion coastal walks .....the winter sun was dazzlingly low in the sky ahead of us but provided wonderful clear light behind us.
On Tuesday 14th January exactly one year after completing our first walk we set off on the last section of the path our 20th walk: he 3 mile section from Aberystwyth to Morfa Bychan.
.....views back to Aberystwyth and beyond to Borth and Snowdonia
On Wednesday 1st May 2013 we tackled the 5.5 mile section from Aberystwyth to Borth beach.
Arriva trains run a service every 2 hours from Borth to Aberystwyth and dogs travel free, so we decided to return by train to collect our car in Aberystwyth.
On 21st January 2013 we tackled the 4.5 mile section from Borth to Ynylas along with our 3 dogs. We cheated a little by planning our walk at low tide and starting it from north Borth near the golf club. This cut the walk to a 6 miles round trip.
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