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Many of the fantastic scenic drives in Mid Wales are set against panoramic and breathtaking backdrops and fantastic for motorists who love to explore places off the beaten track.

Around 70 miles/110km of The Coastal Way lies within Ceredigion stretching from the mouth of the Dyfi Estuary in the north to
the historic market town of Cardigan in the south. It’s a place of legendary landscapes and seascapes, colourful historic seafaring ports, long stretches of coastline designated a Special Area of Conservation and seafood direct from the bay.

The stretch of coast between Ynyslas and Aberystwyth in the heart of the UNESCO Dyfi Biosphere is Cors Fochno, a rare
area of raised peat bog alive with unusual plant species like the carnivorous sundew, while on the sea shore at Borth beach you'll find an otherworldly submerged forest of millennia-old trees when tidal conditions are just right.

Mwnt beach is a sheltered sandy beach is perfect for paddling, while a walk to the top of Foel y Mwnt is a must for dolphin spotting and lovely views of Cardigan Island.

Our journey ends in Cardigan, an old fishing port with impeccable Welsh roots. In 1176, the first eisteddfod was held in Cardigan Castle and there’s still a traditional Welsh feel to the town.

In the town centre is Cardigan Castle, is scene of centuries of battles and sieges (plus Wales’s first eisteddfod, held in 1176).

The Coastal Way continues south from Cardigan to Pembrokeshire. Featuring around 60 miles/100km of The Coastal Way –
the stretch between Poppit Sands near the historic market town of Cardigan and St Davids. It lies within the Pembrokeshire
Coast National Park, the UK’s only totally coastal National Park.

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  • Description of route - Machynlleth to Cardigan
  • Length of route (miles) - 70

Map & Directions

Road Directions

By Car: Follow the A487 from the North or South and the A44 from the East.

Accessible by Public Transport: Aberystwyth station is 0 miles away.

Coastal Way | Aberystwyth to Cardigan

Type:Car Trail

Aberystwyth - Aberaeron - Cardigan, Ceredigion, SY23 2AG

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Promenade and Old CollegeAberystwyth, AberystwythWelcome to Aberystwyth - a beautiful and lively seaside town on the Mid Wales coast. Enjoy stunning natural beauty, cultural attractions, unique shopping and dining, and a range of accommodation options. Easily accessible by railway, bus, or car, Aberystwyth is the perfect destination for your next…

Borth BeachWales Coast Path | Aberystwyth-Ynyslas, AberystwythThis section of the Wales Coast Path is a section of two distinct halves with Aberystwyth to Borth being a challenging yet popular section of Ceredigion Coast while the section between Borth and Ynys-las is completely flat, with much of it running along the edge of Cors Fochno - Borth Bog.

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