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:

February 2016

Amy Sterly: The Sound of Reading

Saturday 30th January 2016 - Saturday 19th March Location: Mwldan

Amy Sterly is currently exploring the world of books and reading; what it means to move away from those beautiful and physical objects, from the visual beauty to the sounds, the smells and the textures that are lost:

The tactile nature of books creates a sensual response that surpasses reactions to digital equivalents.
This exhibition will include an installation that considers these ideas, alongside a series of prints and a performance of the 'Sound Book Project' at the opening event. Opening event 16:00 on Saturday 30 January, join us for a free performance – all are welcome! www.axisweb.org/p/amysterly/ #soundofreading

move on up

Saturday 6th February 2016 Location: Small World Theatre

... and Get on Down

Casual Dress - Serious Soul Welcome to the hottest selection of funk, soul and beyond! Join Mr. A for another fantastic night as he plays more of the Greats from his vast collection of 45s and 33s. No mixing, no scratching, no overdubs, just great tunes guaranteed to have you shimmying around the dance floor. Be prepared for an eclectic mix of Detroit Soul, New Orleans Funk, West Coast Wah-wah, Harlem Shuffle and Afrobeat. There will be names like Curtis Mayfield, Sly Stone, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Staple Singers, The Meters, James Brown, Lee Dorsey, Chairman of the Board and more. It’s a simple formula – Mr. A spins the discs and you make the moves ... 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.

Legend of the Mermaids

Monday 15th February 2016 - Saturday 27th February Location: Cardigan Guildhall

Exhibition by local artists including Deborah Darling, Liz Cox, Jacob Whittaker, Dottie-May Aston, Anne Cakebread, Shanaya Parr, Anne Boo Whetter, Annabelle Aston and Johnny McKee. A unique gathering of artists creating a visual and stimulating exhibition. There willl be paintings, interactive live art, sculpture, film and music

Gardening Weekend

Friday 19th February 2016 - Sunday 21st February Location: Tysul Hall

The three-day event is the perfect start to your gardening year with expert talks on everything from growing fruit and vegetables to attracting bees and butterflies. A wide array of garden-related stands including primulas, hellebores, herbaceous plants, shrubs, daffodils and other winter bulbs. On the edible front, potatoes and herbs will be available for a head start on your veggie gardening. Garden related gifts, and paintings, garden furniture including bird boxes and bird tables. Garden/plant societies, days out to local gardens and many more. Refreshments: There will be a tea shop in the hall, open all day, serving delicious home baked cakes and refreshments

Lampeter Beer Festival 2016

Saturday 20th February 2016 Location: University of Wales Lampeter Trinity Saint David

A selection of ales and ciders from across Wales, live entertainment and refreshments. A Beer Festival with a Welsh theme! Over a dozen ales and ciders from across Wales. Food and live music on site. The festival is taking place in the Arts Hall at the University in Lampeter. All welcome (18+) You can have a drink and get the bus home - Last busses from Lampeter to Cribyn, Felinfach, Aberaeron and Aberystwyth (10.50pm) and Llanybydder, New Inn and Carmarthen (8.54pm) Bus Timetable

March 2016

Amy Sterly: The Sound of Reading

Saturday 30th January 2016 - Saturday 19th March Location: Mwldan

Amy Sterly is currently exploring the world of books and reading; what it means to move away from those beautiful and physical objects, from the visual beauty to the sounds, the smells and the textures that are lost:

The tactile nature of books creates a sensual response that surpasses reactions to digital equivalents.
This exhibition will include an installation that considers these ideas, alongside a series of prints and a performance of the 'Sound Book Project' at the opening event. Opening event 16:00 on Saturday 30 January, join us for a free performance – all are welcome! www.axisweb.org/p/amysterly/ #soundofreading

WOW Wales One World Film Festival

Thursday 10th March 2016 - Sunday 1st May Location: Aberystwyth Arts Centre

WOW 2016 Festival Opens on Thursday 10th March in Aberystwyth & Cardiff On March 10th 2016, WOW Wales One World Film Festival returns for its 16th year, bringing the very best world cinema to local cinemas across Wales.

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.