Plan Your Stay on Cardigan Bay

Cardigan Bay Cycle Maps & Routes

Cycling Wales

The lanes around Cardigan Bay are beautiful and take you through the smallest hamlets and villages.

Many of the smaller roads make great cycle routes, they are often very quiet.

For 'off-road' routes there is a track from Aberaeron to Llanechaeron and a lovely Sustrans track through the Welsh Wildlife Centre connects Cilgeran (with its castle) to Cardigan along the River Teifi with the possibility of spotting otters.

Mountain Biking

The forest centre at Bwlch Nant yr Arian near Aberystwyth provides a range of bike routes with varying technical challenges. 

The Summit Mountain Bike Trail Superb views and awesome riding on flowing twisty single track make the Summit trail something you will want to do over and over again. There are endless riding opportunities around Nant Yr Arian with an unrivalled network of bridleways, byways and tracks criss-crossing the mountains.

The Pendam Trail This route combines sections of the 'Summit' and 'Syfydrin' trails to give you a taste of the fantastic riding and scenery available. Although it is the shortest route at Nant yr Arian, it includes lots of technically challenging singletrack and some hard climbs.sections, while the Syfydrin trail extends out onto the open hills.  

The Syfydrin Trail is an epic ride in epic countryside. This trail takes in the entire existing Summit trail with its fantastic swooping, flowing singletrack, and adds to it by leading you out onto the high open hills with stunning views. It is a long and challenging ride in exposed and remote countryside, so go equipped for any eventuality.

Don't Miss:

Aber Cycle Fest

Aber Cycle Fest

Now in its fifth year, the Aber Cycle Fest brings downhill mountain biking and a Welsh Wild West sportive to the famous promenade to add to the already established Tour Series televised pro criterium race.

Useful Links

  • You can hire bikes [and have them delivered to your holiday accommodation!] in Borth, Clarach, Aberystwyth and Machynlleth, by Cycloan Bike Hire
  • In Cardigan bikes can be hired at
    New Image Bikes

Events you might want to cycle to:

March 2015

The Hot Pot Project

Saturday 24th January 2015 - Sunday 14th June Location: Aberystwyth Arts Centre

A series of changing installations using pots from the Ann Carr Collection of Wenford Bridge Ceramics

John Abell: The Horse With The Human Heart

Saturday 31st January 2015 - Saturday 21st March Location: Mwldan

A child is born with a hole where his heart should be. A vacuum where his soul should be. The only way to cure the baby is to find the horse with the human heart and give it to the child. But first the horse needs to be found... A story in woodcuts, written and illustrated by John Abell, will be exhibited for the first time in Oriel Mwldan. This is Abell's debut as both writer and artist, and differs from his usual practice of making sprawling images with found material. Don't miss the opening of this exhibition which will include a talk from the artist - 4pm on Saturday the 31st of January. All welcome!

St David’s Day at Ffynone Mansion

Sunday 1st March 2015 Location: Ffynone Garden and Mansion

Explore the spring gardens followed by guided tour of the house. Complementary lunch of traditional Welsh Cawl in the Ffynone dining room. Limited availability and booking essential. Guided House Tours 10am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3pm Tours approx. 1hr Gardens Open 10am – 5pm

St David's Day Gala Concert

Sunday 1st March 2015 - Monday 2nd March Location: Rhosygilwen Mansion

Celebrate St David’s Day with one of Wales' most loved tenors. Rhys Meirion accompanied by Annette Brny Parri a well established pianist in her own right. Cardigan Rugby Choir, conducted by Rhian Medi Jones, brings additional colour and fun to the celebration.

FLEat- a cool flea market with eats!

Sunday 15th March 2015 Location: Small World Theatre

After four successful FLEat markets, we are back with an indulgent Spring flea market. We welcome you to our unique combination of stalls showcasing designers, artists, bakers and makers of every kind. Explore their wears and ideas, including shabby chic and vintage clothing, music, crafts and jewellery and treat yourself to some delicious eats! Come along to this unique shopping experience and a fabulous day out for the whole family.

Wales One World Film Festival

Friday 20th March 2015 - Saturday 23rd May Location: Aberystwyth Arts Centre

WOW 2015 Festival Opens on Friday 20th March in Aberystwyth & Cardiff WOW Wales One World Film Festival celebrates the golden age of Iranian cinema, marks the 150th anniversary of the Welsh emigration to Patagonia and premiers eco-documentary Deep Listening (Dadirri) directed by Swansea filmmaker, Helen Iles. On March 20th 2015, WOW Wales One World Film Festival returns for its 15th year, bringing the very best world cinema to local cinemas across Wales. From the snowy mountain passes of Pakistan to the sandy streets of Timbuktu, the festival will transport cinema audiences across the world.

Cherry Pickles Exhibition

Saturday 28th March 2015 - Saturday 16th May Location: Mwldan

Central to Cherry Pickles' work is self-portraiture. These paintings often involve role play and so call to attention such popular perceptions as the heroic stature of the male artist (self-portraits as Dylan Thomas and William S Boroughs). Pickles often works from the car, exploring the way mirrors and windscreens enliven what we see, whether landscapes through smeared windscreens, self-portraits through rear-view mirrors or seated passengers.

Mother’s Day at Ffynone Gardens and Mansion

Monday 30th March 2015 Location: Ffynone Garden and Mansion

Wondering what to give for ‘Mothering Sunday’? Why not treat her to a guided tour of Ffynone followed by a champagne afternoon tea in the Dining room. Limited availability and booking essential.

April 2015

The Hot Pot Project

Saturday 24th January 2015 - Sunday 14th June Location: Aberystwyth Arts Centre

A series of changing installations using pots from the Ann Carr Collection of Wenford Bridge Ceramics

Wales One World Film Festival

Friday 20th March 2015 - Saturday 23rd May Location: Aberystwyth Arts Centre

WOW 2015 Festival Opens on Friday 20th March in Aberystwyth & Cardiff WOW Wales One World Film Festival celebrates the golden age of Iranian cinema, marks the 150th anniversary of the Welsh emigration to Patagonia and premiers eco-documentary Deep Listening (Dadirri) directed by Swansea filmmaker, Helen Iles. On March 20th 2015, WOW Wales One World Film Festival returns for its 15th year, bringing the very best world cinema to local cinemas across Wales. From the snowy mountain passes of Pakistan to the sandy streets of Timbuktu, the festival will transport cinema audiences across the world.

Cherry Pickles Exhibition

Saturday 28th March 2015 - Saturday 16th May Location: Mwldan

Central to Cherry Pickles' work is self-portraiture. These paintings often involve role play and so call to attention such popular perceptions as the heroic stature of the male artist (self-portraits as Dylan Thomas and William S Boroughs). Pickles often works from the car, exploring the way mirrors and windscreens enliven what we see, whether landscapes through smeared windscreens, self-portraits through rear-view mirrors or seated passengers.

Plant Fair and Open Gardens

Sunday 19th April 2015 Location: Rhosygilwen Mansion

Annual plant fair by the Hardy Plants Society, plus open gardens on the Rhosygilwen Estate. The Orangery Cafe will be open from 11am.

Barley Saturday Cardigan 2015

Saturday 25th April 2015 Location: Cardigan & Around

Since the 19th Century the last Saturday in April has been a big event in Cardigan. Barley Saturday saw farmers from surrounding area come to town to hire workers and to inspect stallions that are put out to stud. These days the horses are the centre of attention.  After the 11.30am, judging of various horse competitions, the crowds gather to watch the horses do their parade around the Cardigan at approximately 2pm. The horses are followed by of vintage cars, motorbikes, tractors, carriages, milk floats and gypsy wagons.

The wild life, flora and fauna of Cardiganshire Coast and Country are truly remarkable. Red Kites and Buzzards soar above whilst Dolphins and seals swim in the bay. Otters rare orchids and hundreds of other plants, birds and animals are all here of you to experience and enjoy.