36 Mins from our holiday cottages
22 Miles from our holiday cottages
Llanon, near Aberystwyth, Ceredigion
Walking the Ceredigion Coastal path,
Llanon – Llanrhystud 6.5 miles circular walk
Ordinance survey explorer map 213 www.ceredigioncoastpath.org.uk
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.
On Tuesday 4th June 2013 we decided to do the short coastal section between Lannon and Llanrhystud by incorporating it into a longer circular route which adds the variety of a wooded valley walk and a section through open fields high above the coast with excellent views. The walk is featured in the excellent "Walks on the Cardigan Bay Coast” by Liz Allan www.kittiwake-books.com .
We parked in the free car park near the public toilets in Llanon, it was a beautiful sunny day. Turning right out of the car park we walked a few yards up hill and turned left onto the lane "Heol – Llain – Prysog” We then followed the circular footpath signs up a lovely wooded valley alongside the Afon Peris. We let our dogs off the lead and they enjoyed and good off lead run and a cooling drink from the stream.
We followed the path signs past past a property along the lane with the stream on our left to a footbridge which we crossed and then followed the zig zag path up the hill to the top and a property and saw mill Alltgoch.
Here we turned right along the track to the road, where we turned right again. We walked along the road a few yards to some bungalows and turned left along a track. Just before a house Penfor-fach we turned left signposted through a field keeping to the left to a gate where we turned right.
The path continues to a lane. We followed the lane a few yards and followed the footpath sign on the left to a track. This track emerges into open fields with magnificent views down to Llanrhystud and across to the coast. There were some curious calves in the field and red kites soaring above and we put our dogs back on their leads.
As we walked through the fields we could see why this was the site of 2 Iron Age forts many years ago, to the left of the path. The path continued down the hill through gates to Llanrhystud and through some bungalows to the main A487 coast road.
At the road we turned right and walked along the footpath to the village shop where we turned right again and walked a few more yards along the road and crossed the footbridge over the river Wyre near the ford.
We then turned right again and walked a along the road a few more yard to Felin Canol Watermill. This is a beautifully restored water powered flour mill, with organic stone ground flour for sale. www.felinganol.co.uk .
Llanrhystud also has a fine church and a good pub, The Black Lion, were we had a people and dog friendly welcome, water for the dogs and a good lunch.
Leaving the pub we turned right heading south along the A487 back past the village shop. We turned left down a lane on our right opposite the garage and café signposted for the coastal path and Morfa carafan park and walked along this lane through the fields to the beach.
At the beach we turned left and walked along the shingle bank noted the wooden pillings a reminder of days when ships unloaded lime and coal here and looked back along the path admiring the view back to Llanrhystud.
At the footpath, signposted, we turned left off the beach through the gate to the fields past the overgrown lime kilns, which have been closed of for safety reasons.
The path continues with field boundaries on your left and Llanon comes into sight with the tower of St Fraid’s Church built in 1868 on a site where there has been a religious settlement since the 6th century.
After admiring the church, we walked through the village back to the main A487 and turned right and then left back to the car park oppoisite the White Lion Pub where re resisted the temptation for a thirst quencher before heading home for tea.
There was not a lot of coastal scenery on this walk but the 2 villages, the wooded valley and the upland views made it a very enjoyable day out for us and our 2 dogs who enjoyed some dog friendly, off lead walks in the woods and on the beach.
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