Whether you’re a seasoned rambler or simply wanting a leisurely stroll, you’ll be spoilt for choice by the many fantastic walking routes around the Peaceful Places trail. The network of public paths offers an excellent way to explore North Ceredigion and the diverse countryside offers a range of opportunities, from gentle coastal walks to rugged mountain hikes. There are also many routes for horse riders and cyclists to follow.
The Ceredigion Coast Path – itself part of the Wales Coast Path – is a major attraction for walkers and provides some 60 spectacular miles of breathtaking scenery and rare wildlife. You can join the path just outside St Matthew’s Church, Borth and follow it either towards Ynyslas in the north or Cardigan in the south.
Woodland walks are a great way of ‘getting away from it all’ and experiencing nature up close. Bwlch Nant y Arian forest centre offers beautiful woodland trails (to explore on foot or bike) with opportunities to spot the iconic Red Kite, North Ceredigion’s most famous bird of prey.
You might also like to visit the RSPB Ynyshir Nature Reserve: a bird-watchers’ paradise with a range of habitats and trails providing plenty to see and do all year round. Round off your trip with a visit to nearby St Michael’s Church, Eglwysfach, which was once home to the famous Welsh poet, R.S. Thomas.
There are many other opportunities for getting out and exploring the landscapes of Peaceful Places on foot, bike or horseback. Popular destinations include the sand dunes of Ynyslas Nature Reserve, the picturesque woodland of Hafod Uchtryd (with nearby Capel Siloam and Hafod Church to explore) and the poetry trail at St Michael’s Church, Llandre.
Also, don’t forget that North Ceredigion is home to the Dyfi Biosphere Reserve: a haven of wildlife and that is internationally-recognised for its natural beauty, cultural heritage and environmentally-responsible communities.
So what are you waiting for? Pull on your walking boots and get out there!
More information about local walking routes is available on the following websites: