From spectacular coastal walks along the Ceredigion Coastal Path affording glimpses of dolphins, seals, porpoise and marine birds; through the lush green river valleys of the Teifi, Aeron, Ystwyth and Rheidol; to the heathered uplands and forests of the Cambrian Mountains where red kites and buzzards soar majestically above - the panoply of walking opportunities on offer is hard to better.
The Ystwyth Trail
The Ystwyth Trail connects Aberystwyth, on the shore of Ceredigion's Bay, with Tregaron in the northern Teifi Valley. Substantial sections of the Ystwyth Trail follow the track of the old Great Western Railway line (formerly the Manchester & Milford Railway).
The Ystwyth Trail bridges a number of strategic provisions for walking within Ceredigion, connecting Tregaron and the upper Teifi Valley with the Ceredigion Coast Path and providing a northerly return route for individuals following the linear footpath that extends between Borth and Tregaron via Devil's Bridge, Cwm Ystwyth, Pontrhydygroes and Pontrhydfendigaid - see details of the Borth to Pontrhydfendigaid linear route below.
Borth to Pontrhydfendigaid Linear Trail
(linking to the Ystwyth Trail)
From Borth, near the Dyfi Estuary National Nature Reserve and BIOSPHERE Reserve, this route proceeds past the Cors Goch Fochno National Nature Reserve through Talybont, Bontgoch and Cwmsymlog towards the Forestry Commission Wales Visitor and Red Kite Feeding Centre at Nant Yr Arian, before proceeding through Ystumtuen towards Cwm Rheidol and Devil's Bridge. From Devil's Bridge the route climbs higher still into the Cambrian Mountains, before descending into Cwm Ystwyth and, passing Hafod, proceeding to Pontrhydygroes and then to Pontrhydfendigaid.
Beyond Pontrhydfendigaid, there is a new link to the Ystwyth Trail on the Cors Caron National Nature Reserve and RAMSAR site, which presents the opportunity of a return route to Aberystwyth or a diversion south towards Tregaron. In all, the route measures some 65 km (40 miles).
Please note that this route has several steep sections and traverses remote wilderness areas. Three of the six sections are graded "A" calling for the ability to walk on rough terrain, carrying a light rucksack, for up to 6 hours.Two of the six sections are graded "B" calling for the ability to walk on rough terrain, carrying a light rucksack, for up to 4 hours. The remaining section is graded "C", calling for the ability to walk on rough terrain, carrying a light rucksack, for up to 2 hours.
Borth to Pontrhydfendigaid Linear Trail Section 1: Borth - Talybont A linear walk of 6.5km (4 mile) that should take 1.5 to 2 hours. The route involves level walking at the edge of the Dyfi Estuary rising over gentle hills and pasture to woodland trails descending to the village of Talybont. Most sections are suitable for all family members. This is a grade B walk involving eh ability to walk over rough terrain for up to 4 hours with a light rucksack. Download Borth - Talybont Walking Guide»
Borth to Pontrhydfendigaid Linear Trail Section 2: Talybont - Nant Yr Arian
A linear walk of 14.5km (9 miles) that should take 4 to 4.5 hours. The route involves wooded valleys onto upland pasture with steep sections, forestry and some quiet country lanes. This is a long, strenuous walk for experienced walkers, it is a grade A walk requiring the ability to walk on rough terrain for up to 6 hours carrying a light rucksack.
Download Talybont - Nant Yr Arian Walking Guide»
Borth to Pontrhydfendigaid Linear Trail Section 3: Nant Yr Arian - Devil's Bridge
This is a linear walk of 10km (6 miles), 4 hours. It involves remote upland pasture, moorland and wooded valley and is suitable for experienced walkers only, as there are very steep sections around the Rheidol Valley. There are remote sections of upland pasture and moorland. This walk may involve steep, but not prolonged, ascents and descents. This is a grade B walk involving the ability to walk on rough terrain carrying a light rucksack for up to 4 hours. Download Nant Yr Arian - Devil's Bridge Walking Guide»
Borth to Pontrhydfendigaid Linear Trail Section 4: Devil's Bridge - Pontrhydygroes
This is a linear walk of 18km (11 miles); 5½ hours. It involves rough tracks, forestry, steep hill paths and riverside walks through mixed woodland and is suitable for fit walkers used to hill walking and able to navigate in poor weather. This is a grade A walk involving the ability to walk on rough terrain carrying a light rucksack for up to 6 hours. Download Devil's Bridge - Pontrhydygroes Walking Guide»
Borth to Pontrhydfendigaid Linear Trail Section 5: Pontrhydygroes - Pontrhydfendigaid
This is a linear walk of 13km (8 miles) lasting 4 hours. It mostly involves remote upland footpaths and tracks, some above oak woodland with fine views of Strata Florida Abbey and upland Ceredigion. It is suitable for moderately fit walkers able to navigate in poor weather. This is a grade A walk involving the ability to walk on rough terrain carrying a light rucksack for up to 6 hours. Download Pontrhydygroes - Pontrhydfendigaid Walking Guide»
Borth to Pontrhydfendigaid Linear Trail Section 6:Pontrhydfendigaid - Ysywyth Trail
This is a linear walk of 2.5km (1.6 miles) lasting 1 hour. The route involves a gentle rising tarmac country lane leading to a gravel track and it then leads through a short section of boggy terrain onto the Ystwyth Trail. The route is suitable for walkers, horseriders and cyclists and is a grade C walk calling for the ability to walk on rough terrain carrying a light rucksack for up to 2 hours. Download Pontrhydfendigaid - Ysywyth Trail Walking Guide»
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