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:

September 2014

Colony 14 Cardigan

Saturday 16th August 2014 - Monday 1st September Location: Cardigan Quay

Colony 14 is our 3rd rendition of Colony projects in Cardigan. It began 2 years ago with 10 artists and we now have over 60 contributors to colony 14. There are new sites and partnerships with other organisations and curators. This year there will also be artist talk series and children's workshops. Installation / drawing / lens based /  time based sculpture / painting / film/ sculpture / performance/ workshops / talks VARIOUS DATES PLEASE SEE FULL LIST BELOW You and your friends are invited to the private view on Saturday 16th August at 5pm

Art @ the Quays

Open : Wednesday 20th August- Monday 1st September 11.00-15.00, (open until 7pm on friday 22nd and saturday 23rd August) Bridge Warehouse, Tiefi Wharf, Cardigan, SA43 3AA Iwan Bala / Jacob Whittaker / Lee Williams / Sean Vicary /Nicholas Rawle / Kate Dunwell Digital Dialogues / Paige Rosser / Seren Stacey / Sara Moore / Kathryn Campbell Dodd /Jonathan Anderson / Naomi Hopkins / Sam Vicary / Roger Lougher / Toby Downing / Anthony Rhys / Rachel Wigley / Rebecca Croxford / Lisa Hellier / Gwrando / Dalit Leon / Fran Williams / Othneil Smith / Benjamin Grosser / Naomi Heath / Ronan Devlin / Sam Christie / Amy Lunn / Hwyel Edwards / Michelle Dawson / Leanne Vaughan- Philips /Matthew Britton's "Out of office" includes Addie Wagenknecht (NYC & Austria), Jan Robert Leegte (Amsterdam), Dylan Neuwirth (USA), Mattie Hillock (NYC), Garrett Lynch (Cardiff) and Harrison Banfield (Newport).

Shore Leave- Elysium @ Colony 14

Pantywylan, Cambrian quay, Cardigan, Sa 43 1EZ (fforrest pizza tipi) Anna Barratt / kieron Da- Silva Beckerton / Gemma Copp / Philip Cheater /Mizz Diablo / Lucy Donald / Dan Edwards / Jessica Hoad / Becky & Jason / Ann Jordan Tim Kelly / Asfodelos Leimonas / Jonathan Powell / Sean Puleston / Jill Quigley / Lucy Read / Erin Rickard /Daniel Staveley

Collision with Birds @ Colony 14

'The yard' Pantywylan, Cambrian Quay, Cardigan SA43 1EZ (fforest pizza tipi) David Shepherd with Liz Waterhouse

Small World theatre / Theatr Byd Bychan

Polly Walker-Penn 19th -23rd 10am -5pm free GWRANDO : Visible Voice 30th-31st 10am-4pm free

The Eagle Pub - Cardigan Bridge

penny d jones, Vicki Smith, Louise Bird Saturday 16th August at 4pm

"Bookends" High Street shopping arcade SA43 IHJ

Maura Haselden (shop hours)

Colony Talks @ Small World theatre / Theatr Byd Bychan

Made in Drefelin -22nd 7.30pm free Brew your hedgerow, Jacob Whittaker & Jade Mellor 24th 11am- 4pm (book on line / Llyfr ar -lein )

Colony talks @ Pantywylan, Cambrian Quays, Cardigan Sa43 1EZ

Sean Vicary - Animating the landscape TBA Davis Shepherd - Collision with Birds TBA Lee Williams - My Little pit pony - The horse in Art TBA Childrens workshops @ Colony TBA  

To Build A Home

Saturday 16th August 2014 - Saturday 4th October Location: Mwldan

A Study of the people of Lammas Tir Y Gafel Eco Village and the surrounding community is the work of photographer Amanda Jackson.
Known for her portraiture and her photographic studies of sustainability, in this series Amanda continues to examine people who choose to w alk a different path. Themes running through the series are the freedom of childhood, how people relate to and rely on the land, and what aspect technology plays in their lives. Sometimes contradictory, often humorous, these photographs taken using medium format film evoke a timelessness while capturing a growing modern movement

Coracles and the Teifi Exhibition

Friday 22nd August 2014 - Sunday 30th November Location: Hammet House Hotel

A coracle is a hand-made work of art. Each one, like the pieces in this exhibition, is an expression of its maker. I'm passionate about creating exciting and emotive images that capture both the coraclers and the character of the Teifi waters, by combining bold composition with movement, colour, and texture. deborah withey

St Dogmaels Village Show

Saturday 13th September 2014 Location: St Dogmaels Abbey

The first St . Dogmael's Village Show will take place on Saturday 13th September 2014

October 2014

To Build A Home

Saturday 16th August 2014 - Saturday 4th October Location: Mwldan

A Study of the people of Lammas Tir Y Gafel Eco Village and the surrounding community is the work of photographer Amanda Jackson.
Known for her portraiture and her photographic studies of sustainability, in this series Amanda continues to examine people who choose to w alk a different path. Themes running through the series are the freedom of childhood, how people relate to and rely on the land, and what aspect technology plays in their lives. Sometimes contradictory, often humorous, these photographs taken using medium format film evoke a timelessness while capturing a growing modern movement

Coracles and the Teifi Exhibition

Friday 22nd August 2014 - Sunday 30th November Location: Hammet House Hotel

A coracle is a hand-made work of art. Each one, like the pieces in this exhibition, is an expression of its maker. I'm passionate about creating exciting and emotive images that capture both the coraclers and the character of the Teifi waters, by combining bold composition with movement, colour, and texture. deborah withey

Fimbulwinter

Saturday 11th October 2014 - Saturday 29th November Location: Mwldan

In his recent work, Fitzjohn explores concerns regarding our changing climate. Themes focused in our consciousness buy the recent storms that devastated our coastline reminding us of the fluid and changeable nature of our landscape. The installation is titled Fimbulwinter, which in Norse mythology is a period of three successive winters, an environmental disaster that is the immediate prelude to the end of the world. While the world may not be ending, it is changing and this work responds to this by imagining of the end of things as they are, the mutability and adaptability of nature and the hope embedded in possible futures. EXHIBITION OPENING An opening reception will be held at 3pm on Saturday 11th October to launch this exhibition - there is a warm welcome to all. Come and join us for tea, cake and fizz!

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.