Walk this way - Part II

Date Posted: 14/02/2012

Continuing our look at some of the highlights and routes of the new Wales Coast Path, here are the next two areas in our series - Menai, Llyn and Meirionnydd, and Ceredigion. For Part I of our series, click here.

Let's get cultural

From local festivals and film to theatre and opera, you’re never far from a cultural encounter while on the Coast Path, which passes close to a range of entertainment options, both on its city and rural coastline sections.

Menai, Llyn & Meirionnydd

For a taste of true Welsh literature, visit Cae’r Gors, the childhood home of Kate Roberts, ‘Queen of Welsh literature’, at Rhosgadfan, near Caernarfon. A multimedia exhibition brings to life the world of a writer born in 1891 who went on to became one of Wales’ most renowned authors. Or let your hair down and enjoy a weekend of music at Wakestock on the Llyn Peninsula. It’s a wakeboarding festival so be ready to watch some superb skills on display.

Ceredigion

Be one of the 750,000 visitors a year to the Aberystwyth Arts Centre – it’s described as Wales’ largest arts centre, and offers a huge programme of drama, dance, music, visual arts, applied arts, film, new media, and community arts. Or why not visit Cardigan’s Theatr Mwldan.

Back to the walks..

Menai, Llyn & Meirionnydd

With the Snowdonia National Park providing a mighty natural backdrop, it is easy to understand why this area is so popular. There is some great walking to be had for groups exploring the area, where you’ll find small fishing villages, estuaries and miles of sandy beaches.

Three short coastal walks

Porth Widlin to Porth Orion – 3.7 miles – from Porth Widlin you head inland for a while before joining the sea once again at Porth Oer. The seas here can be very rough and have sculptured the headland.

Porth Ysgaden to Porth Widlin – 4.6 miles – this path winds its way through the coves of Porth Ysgaden to Porth Colmon and on to the small cove at Porth Widlin. The cliffs above are home to rare and interesting wildlife.

Aberdesach to Trefor – 5 miles – from Aberdesach, follow the path along the foot of the Gyrn Goch and Gyrn Ddu mountains.

Three long coastal walks

Porth Dinllaen to Porth Ysgaden – 6.2 miles – from the rocky promontory of Porth Dinllaen you can admire views to the east and west along the Llyn Peninsula’s northern coast. Groups of walkers will have a good chance of seeing seals close to shore, as you wind along the coast to the cove at Porth Ysgaden.

Pen-ychain to Criccieth – 6.5 miles – from the headland at Pen-ychain you walk along the shoreline before turning inland towards Llanystumdwy, before returning to the coast.

Porth Orion to Aberdaron – 6.8 miles – as you walk toward Aberdaron you will see Bardsey Island, once a destination for pilgrims. According to legend, three visits to Bardsey was equivalent to one visit to Rome.

Ceredigion

From the dunes of Ynyslas in the north to the historic market town of Cardigan in the south, the majestic sweep of Cardigan Bay offers glimpses of dolphins and porpoise, seals and a host of marine birds to walking groups. Explore the Ceredigion Heritage Coast with its picturesque seaside towns and villages and stunning beaches.

Three short coastal walks

Aberystwyth to Clarach – 1.7 miles - this short section of the coast path passes over Constitution Hill which offers extensive views of Cardigan Bay and Aberystwyth, as well as a cafe and the world’s largest camera obscura.

Aberporth to Tresaith – 2 miles – this cliff top route stretches from the eastern end of Aberporth Bay and affords spectacular views of the Ceredigion coastline and Cardigan Bay. The Aberporth half of this walk is wheelchair friendly.

New Quay to Cwm Tydu– 4 miles – this route follows a section of the Heritage Coast and links National Trust land at Birds Rock, Cwm Soden and Cwm Tydu.

Three long coastal walks

Llanon to Llanrhystud – 5.8 miles – a circular walk that takes in shingle beach, wooded lanes, open vistas of mountain and coast and Iron Age hill forts.

Aberystwyth Railway Station to Borth Railway Station - 6 miles – this is an interesting and challenging section of Heritage Coast with several big climbs. The walk links up the railway stations so that you can let the train take the strain on your return leg.

Cwm Tydu circular – 6.9 miles – a spectacular and lovely route (best walked anti-clockwise) that highlights the glorious coastline and countryside.

Next time... our instalment will feature the areas of Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire. To read Part Three click here.

Photo credits: © Crown copyright (2012) Visit Wales

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