Walking, Cycling & Mountain Biking Cerdded, Beicio a Beicio Mynydd
The Coastal Path Llwybr yr Arfordir
The Ceredigion Coast Path runs from Cardigan to Ynyslas for 65 miles (96km) and encompasses all kind of levels and terrain, much of it so stirring and beautiful it makes you happy to be alive – soppy but true! It’s also another enjoyable way of trying to spot Ceredigion’s Bottlenosed Dolphins. You can break it up and walk pieces of it bit by bit (our 6-year-old son and Sinead have done a couple of short walks and plan to do more) or you can go hardcore and make a big day/couple of days of it!
There is a short amble of just over half a mile (1km) from Aberporth (voted one of the best spots in the UK for a picnic!) that we’ve walked and is accessible for pushchairs and wheelchairs and encompasses stunning views and picnic areas. This part of the path carries onto Tresaith.
Many parts of the path pass cafes or pubs as in the case of our walk from Cwmtydu to New Quay (Cymtydu has a nice little café, Melyn-y-Gors and New Quay has many cafes, restaurants and bistros) and Aberporth to Tresaith (both places have places for a drink and a bite to eat, but on our walk, we ended up at The Ship Inn in Tresaith which has great views of lovely Tresaith beach and good food, though it can involve a bit of a wait at times!).
Coastal path websites include:
The Cardi Bach bus stops off at all the beaches between Cardigan and New Quay (times are limited) and the T5 Traws Cymru travels along the coastal A487 stopping off at some coastal towns (journeys are free for all at weekends).
For timetables for the T5 and Cardi Bach bus services, click in the box & scroll down the page
Country Walks Cerdded Cefn Gwlad
There are countless country walks in our part of the world, which encompass historic and picturesque sights such as waterfalls, villages, hills, farmland, and churches which give countless opportunities to take amazing photos. The website below by Discover Ceredigion includes a booklet called Paths for People which details 11 walks in the area and gives information on woodland, town, river valley and Cambrian Mountain walks and a network of footpaths that link the Coast Path with the countryside and communities of inland Ceredigion.
Car Free Walks is also a good site http://www.carfreewalks.org/
And if you’re a fan of the television series Hinterland (Y Gwyll in Welsh) this booklet gives details of guided walks from £10 by Dafydd Morgan, inspired by the locations of Hinterland
Sections of The Trans Cambrian Way walking and cycling route are around an hour away from Wild Wellingtons.
Explore the National Cycle Network in Wales in the link below. There’s an online map to browse the 1400 miles of differing routes on offer and you can apply various filters such as Easy Ride/ Coastal/Traffic Free etc. There are a number of routes near us.
Pwnc Cafe, Newport
The Pwnc Café have a cycle club that goes out on Saturday mornings at 9am from the café and guests are welcome to join them. They can also recommend 5 or 6 loops leaving Pwnc that they have maps for at the café or give them a ring and they will email them.
Teifi River Tour, 56 miles, starts at Newcastle Emlyn less than 15 minutes away
Mountain Biking Beicio Mynydd
The Mountain Bike Wales website http://www.mbwales.com/ lists several trails which start in the Byrgwm Woodland, near Brechfa around 40 minutes from us. One trail is the Gorlech red trail, an 18.6km trial which MBW describe as “a roller coaster ride…hard, fast, all weather surface which becomes more and more exciting as your skill level and speed progresses”. There is also the Black Graded Raven Trail. For the more inexperienced rider and families there is Derwen Green, a 9.2 km trail that runs through the beautiful Brechfa Forest to which you can add the steeper Derwen Blue trail.
Around an hour away, you have the Cwm Rhaeadr trail at Llandovery and the Pendam Trail near Cwnbrwyno. There are further trails over an hour away north and south east of us which are all listed on the MBW website.
West Wales Trails, Yr Hendy, Drefach, SA44 5XE Tel: 01559 370211 / 0780 5882017
Closer to home, just 24 mins away – West Wales Trails have a bike park
Biking & Walking
Brechfa Forest, Abergorlech Woodland, 45 mins away. Car parking free of charge
Brechfa Forest, Byrgwm woodland, 40 mins away. Car parking free of charge
Lots of walking and mountain bike trails in the above, including a forest garden trail at Abergorlech
Bwlch Nant ar Arian Forest Visitor Centre (and red kite feeding centre), Ponterwyd, SY23 3AB, an hour away.
This is a fantastic place with different walking/mountain biking/running/orienteering trails (including the Barcud accessible trail), mountain bike skills park, café, gift shop, 2 play areas for different ages, discovery backpacks to borrow and stupendous views. £3 all day parking (£1.50 for 2 hours)