Walk the Wales Coast Path from Cei Newydd / New Quay to Aberporth
A spectacular section of the Wales Coast Path with plenty to see along with a good deal of climbing.
Distance: 20.8 km
Ascent: 871 m
Time: 8 hours
Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.
Start and Finish: Ceinwydd / New Quay to Aberporth
There are facilities in New Quay, with the next village being Llangrannog which has a couple of pubs (The Ship Inn and Pentre Arms) and cafes. The final section is shorter and has a pub at Tresaith (The Ship Inn) and plenty of pubs and cafes in Aberporth (inclusding yet another pub called The Ship Inn). We’re certain a few of these will feature in our future article on the best pubs on the Wales Coast!
Check out the businesses nearby for more places to stay and drink.
Some sections, especially along Penmoelciliau, are narrow and exposed.
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 Cei Newydd / New Quay to Aberporth Details
The Wales Coast Path from Cei Newydd / New Quay continues on the former Ceredigion Coast Path towards Aberporth and again shows how tough coastal walking can be. This section is over 20km and has almost 900m of ascent, which is the equivalent of a good day in the mountains!
Cei Newydd / New Quay to Llangrannog
On setting off from Cei Newydd / New Quay the route doesn’t mess about, climbing up and around New Quay head and continuing along a rugged high path. It continues high above a number of secluded beaches, including Traeth y Coubal and Traeth Soden which can be reached with care for those wanting their own private beach. You’ll pass and old bronze age settlement at Castell Bach before the Ceredigion Coast Path descends to Cwmtydu. Cwmtydu is another secluded beach, even if it has a car park and is reasonably accessible.
From Cwmtydu to Llangrannog lies a truly spectacular stretch of Welsh coastline. First contouring high along the 200m cliffs of Penmoelciliau, where a narrow and exposed path provides both excellent views and exposure in equal measure. Continue along numerous coves along a rugged coastline, towards the island and headland at Ynys Lochtyn. Here you’ll find the hillfort of Pen Dinas Lochdyn (Pendinaslochdyn) which is an unmissable feature on this section of coast. While it was no doubt an exposed place for our ancestors to live, it would have been an impressive place to settle and one that was easily defended. From here it’s down to Llangrannog, a place well known to Welsh speakers as a location of one of the Urdd’s camps (along with Glan Llyn in Snowdonia). Unlike some of the previous stops on the Ceredigion coast, Llangrannog is much older, probably dating to the 6th century when the church was established. Along with the nearby hillfort, it’s conceivable that the village and it’s environs have been occupied for millennia.
Llangrannog to Aberporth
The final section is shorter but still tough, being around a third of the day’s distance and ascent. High clifftop walking take you from Llangrannog to the sandy beach at Penbryn, before climbing up once more only to descend again to Tresaith and a coastal waterfall. You’ll have earned a break here, with it’s sandy beach, cafe and The Ship Inn pub. A final short section of around 2.5km without too much ascent finishes the section off and brings you into the seaside resort of Aberporth