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“ Wear some good walking shoes and be prepared for some steep up and down sections ”Stallion Valley Holiday Cottages Advice
Ceredigion Coastal Path, West Wales.
Aberystwyth to Borth beach 5.5 miles, return by train
Ordinance survey explorer map 213
Holiday cottage owners Mick & Julie's New Year's resolution was to walk the 60 mile long Ceredigion Coastal Path in sections during 2013. The idea is to be able to advise holiday cottage guests how best to enjoy coastal walking holidays from Stallion Valley holiday cottages and to make regular entries on The Stallion Valley holiday cottage blog.
On Wednesday 1st May 2013 we tackled the 5.5 mile section from Aberystwyth to Borth beach. The weather was fantastic, the scenery wonderful and the path up and down like a fiddlers elbow. This was the toughest part of the path we have walked so far.
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.
We were to find lucky to find free parking at the end of Aberystwyth prom, near the Cliff Railway. At busy times it might be necessary to park in the Aberyswyth park and ride.
We decided to conserve energy and started our journey on The Aberystwyth Cliff Railway rather than walk up the steep path. The short ride was worth the fare and dogs were welcome. At the top we admired the wonderful views of Aberyswyth used the free toilets and before setting off along the Ceredigion Coastal Footpath.
It was easy walking to start off and soon after about a mile Clarach came into view, a beach and some large caravan parks. In Clarach there is a shop, café and toilets. Across Cardigan Bay we were able to see the mountains of Snowdonia, For some the return walk from Aberystwyth to Clarach might be enough
The gentle climb out of Clarach eased us into the steeper climbs to come. The views were wonderful when we stopped to regain our breath at the top of numerous steep climbs. Along the way we came upon Wallog Mansion and below it a restored lime kiln on the beach. At low tide just beyond here you can see Sarn Gynfelyn, which looks like a rocky road heading out to sea. It runs out 7 miles out, under the sea, to The Patches reef which is marked by the The Patches Buoy.
As we walked on along the path we saw Harp rock and climbed to the highest point on the walk 123 metres above sea level. Gradually Borth and beyond that Ynylas beach and the Aberdovey estuary came into view. On the cliffs above Borth is a war memorial. From here there were magnificent views of Borth and at low tide of the 2.5 mile long beach leading to the Dovey Estuary.
Borth is a slightly run down town built along the rocky bank above what at low tide is a marvelous sandy beach. The town has café’s, pubs, shops, a small zoo (animalarium) and a well-regarded links golf course.
We stopped at a dog friendly café and had cool drinks and bacon butties followed by coffee and cakes and our poor dogs made do with a bowl of water! They didn’t complain after a wonderful off lead walk.
Borth train station is at the far end of the town so we enjoyed a walk along the prom before enjoying a restful half hour ride back to Aberystwyth.
What a wonderful day out with two train rides!
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