Walkers on Ceredigion Coast Path.
A series of circular walks is being promoted to mark the 15th anniversary of the official opening of Ceredigion Coast Path.
During June and July, Ceredigion County Council’s Public Rights of Way Team will be leading a series of six guided walks, taking in stretches of the Wales Coast Path within the county.
These free walks will begin at locations up and down the coast and vary in length, terrain and difficulty, so there should be something for most people. They will be open to anyone who wants to take part, so there is no need to book, just turn up.
Nigel Nicholas, Wales Coast Path officer, said: “We know that the coast path is extremely popular amongst visitors to the county and those who live here. With these circular walks, we’re hoping to spread that popularity further inland along the coastal strip.
“Walking a circular route also makes logistics so much simpler. Park or catch a bus to your start point and walk a loop to finish your walk back where you began.
“By doing the guided walks, we hope to attract new walkers to the path – maybe those who don’t have the confidence to set out across country, those who don’t have a companion to walk with or those who simply need some encouragement to get out and explore.”
Launching the guided walk series is a walk in Borth, which will take place on June 21, starting from Ynys Las car park at 6pm. There will be two routes available – a short one to two mile route which is graded ‘easy’ and a longer four to five mile option which will have a leisurely pace.
Anyone wishing to take part must arrive 15 minutes before the start of the walk, be wearing sturdy footwear and weather appropriate clothing, and carry drinking water and food they may need.
Councillor Clive Davies, Ceredigion County Council’s cabinet member for economy and regeneration, said: “This is a fantastic way to see those hidden gems which are often missed when walking the coastal path, to meet new people who share the same interest and improve people’s wellbeing and fitness, all whilst being in the safe hands of our walk leaders.”
Walks from Aberystwyth Bandstand on Saturday, July 1 at 1pm include a two-and-a-half mile option taking in Constitution Hill, Aberystwyth Golf Club and Parc Natur Penglais with steep ascents and a variety of surfacing.
The second option is a four mile circular including Constitution Hill (Craig Glais), Clarach Bay, Cwm Woods, Aberystwyth Golf Club and Parc Natur Penglais, with fabulous views over Cardigan Bay, some steep ascents and a variety of surfacing including steps.
Pwll Cam footbridge at Aberaeron Harbour is the starting point for walks on Wednesday, July 5 at 6pm. Option one is an easy walk of between half a mile and one mile following the River Aeron and returning via the coast path.
Second option is a moderate walk of between five and six miles which takes walkers to Llanerchaeron, Aberarth, before returning via the coast path.
Public toilets near New Quay harbour are the starting point, on Saturday, July 15 at 1pm, of a moderate, circular walk of seven to eight miles to Cwm Soden and Cwm Tydu and back with many steep inclines, high cliff edges and a variety of terrain and surfacing.
Starting at the Urdd Centre at Llangrannog on Wednesday, July 19 at 6pm, there’s a short circular or linear walk with return by bus return, or a five to six mile moderate, circular walk around Llangrannog ,incorporating Ynys Lochtyn.
The series ends on Saturday, July 29 at 1pm with a 13-mile, moderate, circular walk from Netpool carpark in Cardigan to Ferwig, Mwnt and back.
Walkers will take part at their own risk and leaders reserve the right to ask anyone to leave if they feel this is best for the safety of individuals or the group. All those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and dogs on leads are welcome to join.
As most Rights of Way cross privately owned and farmed land, encounters with livestock are likely on all walks.
For more information on the coast path series, visit https://bit.ly/CoastPathCirculars or keep an eye on the council’s social media pages. Follow Ceredigion County Council on Facebook, @CeredigonCC on Twitter and @CaruCeredigion on Instagram.
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