Walk the Wales Coast Path from Borth to Aberystwyth
Short but spectacular introduction to the Ceredigion Coast Path.
Distance: 10.3 km
Ascent: 310 m
Time: 3 hours
Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.
Start and Finish: Borth to Aberystwyth
Plenty of shops, cafes and pubs in Borth and Aberystwyth, with cafes, pubs and convenience stores at Clarach. There’s also a cafe on top of Constitution Hill.
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.
Machynlleth, Borth and on to Aberystwyth are served by the Cambrian Line
Businesses on this section of the Wales Coast Path:
Walk the Wales Coast Path from Borth to Aberystwyth Details
The Wales Coast Path from Borth to Aberystwyth follows the former Ceredigion Coast Path and unlike the previous two sections, is some proper coastal walking again. This is a short section, but spectacular with clifftop walks all the way to Aberystwyth.
Borth to Clarach
Heading south from Borth, you may be lucky enough to see the remains of the sunken forests, but their appearance depends on both a low tide and that the beach has been suitably scoured by winter storms. These are quoted by some to be the remains of the lost land of Cantre’r Gwaelod, a mythical land that’s sometimes called the Welsh Atlantis that was lost when it was flooded by the sea. While the civilisation and evidence for it are more myth than fact, the sea was certainly lower around 5000 years ago and that land was subsequently flooded. So it’s probable that the story of Cantre’r Gwaelod has some basis in fact, which has been embellished and changed as it was told over the years.
South from Borth, the Ceredigion coast boasts some spectacular coastal walking, climbing high over the cliffs of Craig y Delyn before descending to Wallog. Here you’ll see the remains of the glacial moraine known as Sarn Gynfelyn, thought at one point to be a causeway to Cantre’r Gwaelod. Looking at it, you can certainly understand why people believed this to be so.
Clarach to Aberystwyth
Beyond Wallog, it’s a short walk over to the holiday village at Clarach. It’s a proper miniature seaside resort with all the usual trappings, so you’ll have no problem finding refreshments here in season. The final leg is short, but involves a good pull up over Constitution Hill into Aberystwyth. On the summit of Constitution Hill you can visit the Camera Obscura, one of the largest of its kind in the world, as well as a cafe. It can be busy up here as the Aberystwyth Cliff Railway conveniently ferries people up to the summit. It’s a short steep decent into Aberystwyth to finish this section.