Walk the Wales Coast Path from Aberporth to Aberteifi / Cardigan
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The final section on the Ceredigion Coast doesn’t let up, with plenty of clifftop walking and a secluded beach at Traeth y Mwnt that makes a perfect lunch stop.
Distance: 19.5 km
Ascent: 648 m
Time: 7 hours
Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.
Start and Finish: Aberporth to Aberteifi / Cardigan
There are plenty of pubs and cafes in Aberporth (including yet another pub called The Ship Inn). There’s the Gwbert Hotel near the end of the walk, and of course Aberteifi / Cardigan provides all the facilities that a tired coastal walker needs.
Check out the businesses nearby for more places to stay and drink.
Remember that we cannot outline every single hazard on a walk – it’s up to you to be safe and competent. Read up on Keeping Safe on the Wales Coast Path, Navigation and the Gear and Equipment you’ll need.
The T5 Trawscambria runs an hourly service between Aberystwyth and Fishguard / Abergwaun and all the main towns and villages in betweeen , making walking the Ceredigion section using public transport a feasible option. The timetable and map can be seen here.
Businesses on this section of the Wales Coast Path:
Walk the Wales Coast Path from Aberporth to Aberteifi / Cardigan Details
The Wales Coast Path from Aberporth continues on the former Ceredigion Coast Path towards Aberteifi / Cardigan. This is the final section of the coastal path in Ceredigion before it joins the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. The section shouldn’t be taken lightly as its around 20km in length, and over 600m of ascent, plus a couple of short diversions to Foel y Mwnt and Traeth y Mwnt.
Aberporth to Traeth y Mwnt
Aberporth is yet another historic port that now makes it’s money from tourism. There are two beaches here; Traeth y Llongau and Traeth Dolwen, which only recently lost their Blue Flag Beach status after many years. The first headland on this seciton however is off limits. This houses the QinetiQ – Aberporthh missile testing base and a short inland diversion is needed before you rejoin the coast at Traeth y Gwyrddion.
From here, the Wales Coast Path continues high along the clifftops, with spectacular scenery around every corner. This includes the eroded headland of Pen-peles, now barely a collection of low stacks frequented by various seabirds. Before you arive at Traeth y Mwnt, the path misses out on the summit of Foel Y Mwnt which we recommedn you climb. It’s only 76 metres high but provides an impressive view back along the coast already walked, and what lies ahead. Just before the popular beach at Traeth y Mwnt, you’ll pass Eglwys y Grog / Holy Cross Church that’s worth popping into. The Grade 1 church has various stages of construction, with the earliest believed to dates to the twelfth century.
Traeth y Mwnt to Aberteifi / Cardigan
Traeth y Mwnt has a small National Trust Car Park, and a seasonal hut with snacks and drinks. It’s not overly busy, but the beach itself is a short diversion that’s worth doing. The spectacular cliff top walking continues, but yet another section is inaccessible as you divert around the headland of Carreg Lydan before descending on a road to Gwbert. Another stretch of road walking sets you towards Aberteifi / Cardigan before the final section takes you across farmland above the Teifi Estuary and finaly along the Afon Teifi into the town of Aberteifi / Cardigan.