Ceredigion and Cardigan Bay Coastal Path

The Ceredigion and Cardigan Bay Coastal Path stretches along the rugged coastline of the county of Ceredigion on Cardigan Bay in the west of Wales.

The Ceredigion Coastal Path, now part of the All Wales Coastal Path, follows the spectacular crescent shaped coastline of Cardigan Bay, with stunning scenery, glorious beaches, hidden coves, picturesque villages and a wealth of wildlife (I spotted a red kite while walking the cliff path above Llangrannog, and dolphins at Newquay) – all together making the Ceredigion Coastal Path a perfect place for coastal walking.

The 50 miles (80 km) of coastline has many sandy beaches, beautiful estuaries, marinas, traditional seaside resorts, small fishing ports and safe harbours. There is a wide choice of small towns and seaside resorts to visit along the coast, from Borth in the north with its petrified forest at low tide; Aberystwyth, a University town; New Quay with three beaches and a harbour; though to Llangrannog, Aberporth, Gwbert and Cardigan in the south.

It isn’t necessary to walk the whole route however, you can pick and mix at your choice. There are options to do a bit of town hopping, from Newquay to Aberaeron for example, and jump on the bus at Aberaeron to return to Newquay.

Take the Dylan Thomas trail – visit the pubs along the route in New Quay – or walk the cliff top trail while searching for dolphins in the sea below. (Not recommended after the pub crawl.)

For those interested in wildlife, Cardigan Bay has enjoyed more sightings of dolphins then any other part of the UK. Indeed, in recent years there have been a number of sightings of dolphin pods in Cardigan Bay several thousand strong.