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 towns 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 Cilgerran (with its castle) to Cardigan along the River Teifi with the possibility of spotting otters. There are circular cycle routes for exploring scenic headlands - try St.Dogmaels > Poppit Sands > St.Dogmaels

Off road biking Cardigan BayPhoto © -VisitWales

Off Road & Mountain Biking Cardigan Bay

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

In Cardigan bikes can be hired at New Image Bikes

Events you might want to cycle to:

May 2016

Made Anew – Stories from the Broken and Mended

Saturday 20th February 2016 - Sunday 5th June Location: Aberystwyth Arts Centre

The exhibition is based on the theme of broken and mended pottery, its stories and its associations. It aims to explore our relationship with the state of a pot. How do we feel if it is broken, chipped or dirty? Can these things inform us about its life, where it has been and how it has been used? What is its value and who has cared enough to have it mended or restored? The exhibition also shows work by ceramic artists who make a play on these ideas: Bouke de Vries, Paul Scott, Melanie Brown and David Cushway. The starting point of the display is the recent donation in 2014 of the Ann Carr Collection of pottery from Wenford Bridge by Michael Cardew and his associates. Aberystwyth accepted a large number of pieces – 340 pieces – many of which had been regularly used for cooking and serving food. There are pieces that have become cracked or chipped and also a number that show evidence of mending. Ann Carr’s house, Fellover Hall, was just a mile or two from Wenford Bridge and she had a close personal association with the potters and the pottery, even at times assisting with the long firings of the wood kiln. The pottery represented a shared passion with a close circle of friends in the area. Wood kilns are temperamental beasts and can produce wonderful surprises, deep disappointments and lots of ‘seconds’ with cracks, chips or surface defects. Ann Carr probably often gave a home to the last as well as having first choice at the kiln openings – always a big occasion. Opening hours: Monday–Saturday,10am–8pm. Sunday, 1pm–5pm

Unforgettable. Historic Welsh Quilts and Costume

Saturday 5th March 2016 - Saturday 5th November Location: The Welsh Quilt Centre

Unforgettable. Historic Welsh Quilts and Costume from the collections of Ron Simpson, Jen Jones, and the Ceredigion Museum will take centre stage in the dramatic Courtroom Gallery. The exhibition features feature strikingly bold 19th Century Welsh Flannel Patchworks and the quintessential Welsh Hat. There is a recognisable signature to the Welsh quilting tradition that makes quilts from this part of the world unique. By setting the quilts amongst a backdrop of Welsh hats and costumes, the exhibition strikingly demonstrates how a working tradition can become beautiful works of art when created by exceptionally skilled workers. The quilts on show represent some of the very best ever made in the Welsh tradition. Many of them have never been seen before. For all these reasons, they will surprise and delight visitors! Unforgettable at The Welsh Quilt Centre will be a diverse showcase of quilts, embroideries, paintings and textiles from well-known contemporary artists displayed alongside the precious textile heritage of Wales The exhibition has been designed by Gwenllian Ashley.

Jessica Lloyd-Jones - A Chemical Process

Saturday 30th April 2016 - Saturday 11th June Location: Oriel Mwldan

At the place where science and art meet, Jessica Lloyd-Jones explores ideas of energy and natural phenomena through the use of materials and of light, in order to provide new perspectives on the world in which we live. Jessica’s most recent work responds to geological landscapes such as coal mines, using materials that include coal, iron oxide and plant life as the basis for photographic, sculptural and 2D work. Exhibition opening on the 30th of April with a talk from the artist about her work, all are welcome!

Tregaron Trotting Club Races

Sunday 1st May 2016 Location: Tregaron Trotting

The opening meeting of the BHRC Season Featuring the Senior Welsh Dragon & The Spring Handicap First Race 2pm. Read more about harness racing here

Woman in Mind by Alan Ayckbourn

Friday 6th May 2016 Location: Cawdor Hall

The Attic Players directed by  Justine Dodd

The play is best described as a ‘tragicomedy with surreal overtones’. At the very centre of this moving piece is the character of Susan, one of Ayckbourn’s most challenging and complex roles – played by relative newcomer to the Attic Players, Melanie Davies, who regular theatre goers will recognise from Wyrd Sisters last year. Tickets are available online or from 'Fair & Fabulous' in Newcastle Emlyn Performances on 6th, 7th, 12th, 13th and 14th May

Woman in Mind by Alan Ayckbourn

Saturday 7th May 2016 Location: Cawdor Hall

The Attic Players directed by  Justine Dodd

The play is best described as a ‘tragicomedy with surreal overtones’. At the very centre of this moving piece is the character of Susan, one of Ayckbourn’s most challenging and complex roles – played by relative newcomer to the Attic Players, Melanie Davies, who regular theatre goers will recognise from Wyrd Sisters last year. Tickets are available online or from 'Fair & Fabulous' in Newcastle Emlyn Performances on 6th, 7th, 12th, 13th and 14th May

Woman in Mind by Alan Ayckbourn

Thursday 12th May 2016 Location: Cawdor Hall

The Attic Players directed by  Justine Dodd

The play is best described as a ‘tragicomedy with surreal overtones’. At the very centre of this moving piece is the character of Susan, one of Ayckbourn’s most challenging and complex roles – played by relative newcomer to the Attic Players, Melanie Davies, who regular theatre goers will recognise from Wyrd Sisters last year. Tickets are available online or from 'Fair & Fabulous' in Newcastle Emlyn Performances on 6th, 7th, 12th, 13th and 14th May

Woman in Mind by Alan Ayckbourn

Friday 13th May 2016 Location: Cawdor Hall

The Attic Players directed by  Justine Dodd

The play is best described as a ‘tragicomedy with surreal overtones’. At the very centre of this moving piece is the character of Susan, one of Ayckbourn’s most challenging and complex roles – played by relative newcomer to the Attic Players, Melanie Davies, who regular theatre goers will recognise from Wyrd Sisters last year. Tickets are available online or from 'Fair & Fabulous' in Newcastle Emlyn Performances on 6th, 7th, 12th, 13th and 14th May

Woman in Mind by Alan Ayckbourn

Saturday 14th May 2016 Location: Cawdor Hall

The Attic Players directed by  Justine Dodd

The play is best described as a ‘tragicomedy with surreal overtones’. At the very centre of this moving piece is the character of Susan, one of Ayckbourn’s most challenging and complex roles – played by relative newcomer to the Attic Players, Melanie Davies, who regular theatre goers will recognise from Wyrd Sisters last year. Tickets are available online or from 'Fair & Fabulous' in Newcastle Emlyn Performances on 6th, 7th, 12th, 13th and 14th May

Aberystwyth Cycle Festival

Monday 23rd May 2016 - Sunday 29th 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.

Pedal Power on the Prom

Friday 27th May 2016 Location: Aberystwyth

Entertainment all afternoon! Part of ITV4’s Pearl Izumi Tour Series 1km traffic free circuit Registration online or on the day, at our portacabin HQ on Marine Terrace, near the Pier Sanctioned & Insured by Welsh Cycling On Friday 27th May, the roads of Aberystwyth are closed for bike racing when the televised Tour Series pro criterium hits town! The award winning course circumnavigates the iconic 19th century Old College, the 13th century Castle, the Victorian Pier and also brushes the town centre for what is a great day’s entertainment for all. Whilst the professionals display their talents on the evening of the 23rd, cyclists from as young as 8 years old also have their chance to race from 2pm with six separate schools races, followed by a Town Vs Gown fun challenge for local adults and students. There is also a 4th category ‘GoRace’ for first time senior racers and finally the Aberystwyth Seafront criterium for 2nd & 3rd category amateurs, meaning that well over 500 cyclists will be racing around the streets of Aberystwyth as part of the proceedings. This provides the backbone of the festival with everyone then able to watch Olympians and top UK ranked pro riders race later whilst being catered for by the many café’s bars and restaurants around the course that stay open on the night.

June 2016

Made Anew – Stories from the Broken and Mended

Saturday 20th February 2016 - Sunday 5th June Location: Aberystwyth Arts Centre

The exhibition is based on the theme of broken and mended pottery, its stories and its associations. It aims to explore our relationship with the state of a pot. How do we feel if it is broken, chipped or dirty? Can these things inform us about its life, where it has been and how it has been used? What is its value and who has cared enough to have it mended or restored? The exhibition also shows work by ceramic artists who make a play on these ideas: Bouke de Vries, Paul Scott, Melanie Brown and David Cushway. The starting point of the display is the recent donation in 2014 of the Ann Carr Collection of pottery from Wenford Bridge by Michael Cardew and his associates. Aberystwyth accepted a large number of pieces – 340 pieces – many of which had been regularly used for cooking and serving food. There are pieces that have become cracked or chipped and also a number that show evidence of mending. Ann Carr’s house, Fellover Hall, was just a mile or two from Wenford Bridge and she had a close personal association with the potters and the pottery, even at times assisting with the long firings of the wood kiln. The pottery represented a shared passion with a close circle of friends in the area. Wood kilns are temperamental beasts and can produce wonderful surprises, deep disappointments and lots of ‘seconds’ with cracks, chips or surface defects. Ann Carr probably often gave a home to the last as well as having first choice at the kiln openings – always a big occasion. Opening hours: Monday–Saturday,10am–8pm. Sunday, 1pm–5pm

Unforgettable. Historic Welsh Quilts and Costume

Saturday 5th March 2016 - Saturday 5th November Location: The Welsh Quilt Centre

Unforgettable. Historic Welsh Quilts and Costume from the collections of Ron Simpson, Jen Jones, and the Ceredigion Museum will take centre stage in the dramatic Courtroom Gallery. The exhibition features feature strikingly bold 19th Century Welsh Flannel Patchworks and the quintessential Welsh Hat. There is a recognisable signature to the Welsh quilting tradition that makes quilts from this part of the world unique. By setting the quilts amongst a backdrop of Welsh hats and costumes, the exhibition strikingly demonstrates how a working tradition can become beautiful works of art when created by exceptionally skilled workers. The quilts on show represent some of the very best ever made in the Welsh tradition. Many of them have never been seen before. For all these reasons, they will surprise and delight visitors! Unforgettable at The Welsh Quilt Centre will be a diverse showcase of quilts, embroideries, paintings and textiles from well-known contemporary artists displayed alongside the precious textile heritage of Wales The exhibition has been designed by Gwenllian Ashley.

Jessica Lloyd-Jones - A Chemical Process

Saturday 30th April 2016 - Saturday 11th June Location: Oriel Mwldan

At the place where science and art meet, Jessica Lloyd-Jones explores ideas of energy and natural phenomena through the use of materials and of light, in order to provide new perspectives on the world in which we live. Jessica’s most recent work responds to geological landscapes such as coal mines, using materials that include coal, iron oxide and plant life as the basis for photographic, sculptural and 2D work. Exhibition opening on the 30th of April with a talk from the artist about her work, all are welcome!

Newcastle Emlyn Food Festival

Saturday 11th June 2016 Location: Newcastle Emlyn

Come along to the King George V Playing Field [52°02'19.9"N 4°28'10.7"W] in Newcastle Emlyn to enjoy local produce and entertainment. newcastle emlyn food festival

The Dental Cosmos

Saturday 18th June 2016 - Saturday 6th August Location: Oriel Mwldan

Artist Morgan Griffith (sonomano) uses found images to create beautiful, funny, unnerving collages.  This exhibition will present these works alongside some kinetic assemblages, created especially for Oriel Mwldan with his collaborative partner Jo Hinchliffe (concretedog). Drawing together images that seem to have come from very different places, the works cry out for the viewer’s own interpretations of the stories behind them. sonomano.tumblr.com concretedog.blogspot.co.uk

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