New Quay to Aberporth, Ceredigion

Enjoy this dramatic and spectacular walk along the steep coastal slope for a great leg work out

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Start and Finish

New Quay to Aberporth

Distance

13 miles or 22 km

Along the way

Starting from the harbour town of New Quay, look back over the beaches of Traethgwyn and Cei Bach where ships were once built in their hundreds. The Wales Coast Path hugs the cliffs as you journey south, passing the former coastguard lookout at Birds Rock (a great place to spot dolphins and seabirds).

You’ll travel through Cwm Coubal and the National Trust’s Cwm Soden, where you’ll see some fascinating folded rock formations, before passing the Iron Age remains of Castell Bach fort and then dropping down into Cwmtydu.  Nestled between two headlands, it’s easy to see why this this secluded little cove was once a popular landing spot for local smugglers.

From Cwmtydu, the section to Llangrannog could well be the most spectacular part of the walk.  The path clings to the coastal slope with views towards the promontory hillfort of Pendinas Lochtyn (below which there’s a dramatic headland spearing out into the sea) and Cardigan Island in the distance.

As you approach Llangrannog, you’ll see a statue of Saint Carannog overlooking the beach and Carreg Bica on the shore.  According to legend, this jagged stack of rock is actually the tooth of the giant Bica.  Next the path carries on along the coast to Tresaith, where an unusual waterfall tumbles over the cliffs, before reaching the haven of Aberporth.

Walk Highlights

Wales Coast Path Officer Highlights, Nigel Nicholas:
"The section between Cwmtydu and Llangrannog is spectacular where the path clings to the steep coastal slope. Discover an abundance of wildlife, extreme examples of folded rock formations, delightful secluded beaches and charming coastal villages".

Need to know

There are car parks, public toilets and plenty of places to eat and drink in both New Quay and Aberporth.
The Traws Cymru T5 bus service links both ends of the walk. Visit Traws Cymru website for www.trawscymru.info/t5 for details

Itinerary and Map    

Download the New Quay to Aberporth itinerary (PDF) and a route map (JPEG)

Want to go further? 

Try our Family walk with a difference in New Quay with the Wales Coast Path app to explore more about the history of the smugglers and the great literary legend, Dylan Thomas who both made their homes in New Quay, one of Wales’ most picturesque seaside towns.  

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