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
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Events you might want to cycle to:

May 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

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.

National Garden Scheme Open Day

Monday 11th May 2015 Location: Ffynone Garden and Mansion

Charity garden open day with proceeds going to the NGS.

Aberystwyth Cycle Festival

Monday 18th May 2015 - Sunday 24th May Location: Aberystwyth

A celebration of cycling in Mid Wales, including town centre criterium racing, downhill mountain biking and a mass participation ride - the Continental Welsh Wild West Sportive, covering all the best roads in Ceredigion. Aberystwyth Cycle Festival brings you the televised 'Tour Series' professional race to the famous promenade as the flagship event of the festival. With some of Britain's top cyclists making a rare appearance in Mid Wales, festival visitors can watch the all the on & off road action and also experience the beautiful and undiscovered lanes of Ceredigion on their own bikes. Fringe Events The Aberystwyth Cycle Festival starts on Monday 18th of May 2015 with a week of activities leading up to the big weekend. There are some midweek rides and a café evening as the festival continues to grow, with more local cycling groups becoming involved, adding to the flavour of the event. CycleFest Timetable Monday 18th May - MTB evening ride with Summit Cycles at Nant yr Arian (6.30pm) Tuesday 19th May - Cycling night with Roller Racing at MG's cafe with special guest Wednesday 20th May - 10 mile Time Trial with Ystwyth Cycling Club (6.30pm Cwmrheidol Butterfly House Car Park SY23 3NB) Thursday 21st May - Film night & talk at the National Library of Wales Drwm 6.30pm. 'Battle of the Bikes (Boardman vs Obree Hour Records - 1993)' & Manpower (Milk Race - 1982)' Friday 22nd May - Pearl Izumi Tour Series Criteriums & local support races Saturday 23rd May - Conquer the Cliff Downhill Race at Constitution Hill Sunday 24th May - Continental Welsh Wild West Sportive Lots more inforamtion on the website and you can register here: www.abercyclefest.com/register

The Ethereal Closet Of Spacetime

Saturday 23rd May 2015 - Saturday 11th July Location: Mwldan

Mark Eaglen explores the relationships between art, science, technology and nature. Typical to his practice, this exhibition will include drawings, sculpture, digital and video works, alongside opportunities to interact with the pieces. The works often playfully engage with the nature of perception, mixing both traditional processes and developments in technology. Exploration is key to his practice, using video feedback to generate patterns, inspire sculptural forms and raise further questions. Recent works continue to build upon these discoveries, responding to scientific theory, reflections upon space-time and an ongoing enthusiasm for the Cosmic Microwave Background. Opening reception at 16:00 on Saturday 23d May – all are welcome!

Plant Festival

Sunday 31st May 2015 Location: St Dogmaels Abbey

Huge range of plants from Cardigan Bay specialists and growers Micro brewery stalls and mini beer festival tent Gardener's Question Time 2-3 pm Craft Stalls and Refreshments

June 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

The Ethereal Closet Of Spacetime

Saturday 23rd May 2015 - Saturday 11th July Location: Mwldan

Mark Eaglen explores the relationships between art, science, technology and nature. Typical to his practice, this exhibition will include drawings, sculpture, digital and video works, alongside opportunities to interact with the pieces. The works often playfully engage with the nature of perception, mixing both traditional processes and developments in technology. Exploration is key to his practice, using video feedback to generate patterns, inspire sculptural forms and raise further questions. Recent works continue to build upon these discoveries, responding to scientific theory, reflections upon space-time and an ongoing enthusiasm for the Cosmic Microwave Background. Opening reception at 16:00 on Saturday 23d May – all are welcome!

Gwyl Nol a Mlan Festival

Friday 5th June 2015 - Saturday 6th June Location: Llangrannog

A festival for everyone of all ages in one of Wales' prettiest seaside village, Llangrannog!  The 2015 festival will be held in the evening of Friday the 5th of June and all day on Saturday the 6th, and once again this year the festival is free of charge!
 

move on up

Friday 19th June 2015 Location: Small World Theatre

…and Get on Down

Casual Dress, Serious Soul

Welcome to the first evening of funk, soul and beyond at Small World Theatre! Join Mr. A and his vast collection of dusty 45s and 33s. It’s a simple formula: he spins the discs and you make the moves… We won’t say its Northern Soul (though Mr. A is Northern and there will be definitely be Soul). Be prepared for an eclectic mix of Detroit Soul, New Orleans Funk, West Coast Wah-wah, Harlem Shuffle and Afrobeat; with names like Curtis Mayfield, Sly Stone, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Staple Singers, The Meters, James Brown, Lee Dorsey, Chairman of the Board and more! There will be no mixing, no scratching, no overdubs. Just great tunes that will have you shimmying round the dance floor. We like people that book ahead! You can book your entrance tickets online at anytime up ‘til 3pm on the day of the event provided that we haven’t reached our capacity. Please bring a print out of your booking sent to you by Pay Pal to present to the door staff on the night. Tickets are non-refundable except when an event is cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control, in which case Small World will refund you. Our phone number for enquiries is 01239 615 952. Booking ahead at the Box Office Alternatively you can book tickets in person by visiting our office Tuesday – Friday, 9.30am – 4.30pm. Please pay by cash/ cheque and you will be issued with tickets to take away.

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.