Walk the Wales Coast Path from Borth to Aberystwyth

By Dave Roberts   

on December 16, 2020   4.5/5 (2)

Walk the Wales Coast Path from Borth to Aberystwyth

Further Details

Route Summary:

Short but spectacular introduction to the Ceredigion Coast Path.

Start and Finish: Borth to Aberystwyth

Distance: 10.3 km

Ascent: 310 m

Time: 3 hours

Timings are approximate and depend on the individual. Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.

Facilities:

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.

Public Transport:

Machynlleth, Borth and on to Aberystwyth are served by the Cambrian Line

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Hazards:

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.

Wales Coast Path Guidebooks:

Recommended Wales Coast Path Maps

Walk the Wales Coast Path from Borth to Aberystwyth Ordnance Survey Map and GPX File Download

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Walk the Wales Coast Path from Borth to Aberystwyth

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.

 

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Dave Roberts

Dave Roberts founded Walk Eryri in 2004, with the aim of providing routes that are off the beaten track. Walk Eryri is now part of Mud and Routes which continues to provide more off beat routes and walks in Snowdonia and beyond. Dave has been exploring the hills of Eryri for over thirty years, and is a qualified Mountain Leader. Dave also established Walk up Snowdon, Walk up Scafell Pike and Walk up Ben Nevis just to mention a few.

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