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Walk the Wales Coast Path from Machynlleth to Borth

By Dave Roberts   

on December 16, 2020   3/5 (1)

Walk the Wales Coast Path from Machynlleth to Borth

Further Details

Route Summary:

The first Ceredigion section of the Wales Coast path from Machynlleth to Borth.

Start and Finish: Machynlleth to Borth

Distance: 23.2 km

Ascent: 657 m

Time: 7 hours

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


All facilities in Machynlleth and plenty of shops, cafes and pubs in Borth. There’s the Wild Fowler pub in Tre’r Ddol and the Cletwr cafe and shop.

Public Transport:

Machynlleth, Borth and on to Aberystwyth are served by the Cambrian Line and you can easily base yourself in one location and walk them as day walks.

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Couple of sections along main roads.

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.

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

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Walk the Wales Coast Path from Machynlleth to Borth

The section of Wales Coast Path from Machynlleth to Borth is as non-coastal as the previous day from Aberdyfi to Machynlleth. Heading for the nearby hills and valleys, it’s nonetheless a scenic route that serves it’s purpose to get you back on the coast proper at Borth.

Machynlleth to Tre’r Dol

The historic town of Machynlleth is known as the seat of Owain Glyndwr’s Parliament in 1404 and an unofficial claim as Wale’s ancient capital. Claimed to be even older are the Roman Steps which the Wales Coast Path, and the Glyndwr Way, both leave the town. Like other similarly named steps, you can take ‘Roman’ as a descriptive meaning old, as there’s no evidence that they were built by the Romans. The track rises high, with occasional views back towards water to remind us that this is supposed to be a coastal path and over to the scenic Llynfant Valley. Pont Llyfnant marks the end of the Powys section of the Wales Coast Path,and significantly the shortest at under six kilometres of it, and where the coast path enters Ceredigion.

The trail continues on it’s inland jaunt, past Cwm Einion (Artist’s Valley) to eventually reach the hamlet of Tre’r Ddol which has a pub (The Wild Fowler) and a community owned shop and cafe, Cletwr.

Across Cors Fochno to Borth

From Tre’r Ddol, the coast path takes to the roads once more. Thankfully, it’s only a short stretch to the village of Taliesin which marks the start of the short stretch across the peat bog at Cors Fochno. This is a UNESCO biosphere reserve, the only one in Wales. The seaside village of Borth is soon reached, and with it the path rejoins the coast proper. Borth has numerous facilities, including the railway station that allows you to complete most of the nearby sections from one base.




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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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