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:

October 2014

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!

History Man

Monday 13th October 2014 Location: Cilgerran Castle

Local historian, Glen Johnson, will provide a guided walk and talk around the castle. Plenty of anecdotes as well as good, hard facts! Learn more about the history of the site as well as the context in which Cilgerran sits within local history and wider events. Why is there a castle here? How did it change hands so many times? How does Cilgerran Castle’s history fit in with Cardigan Castle? Adult - £3.50 Family - £10.50* Senior citizens, students and children under 16 - £2.65 Member - Am ddim/Free Disabled and companion - Am ddim/Free *Admits 2 adults and all children under 16 Tours at 11am and 2pm

Bedazzled – A Welshman in New York

Wednesday 15th October 2014 - Saturday 18th October Location: Arcadia Building New Quay

As part of the Dylan Thomas 100 Festival and Cardiff Contemporary, Ffotogallery presents Bedazzled – A Welshman in New York, a live performance celebrating the special relationship Dylan Thomas had with the United States, New York in particular, and the enduring influence of his life and work on both sides of the Atlantic. The performance incorporates live action, moving image and sound. The accompanying virtual tavern,  www.bedazzledinnewyork.org, also developed by Ffotogallery, will provide audiences around the world with a glimpse into Dylan Thomas’ life in New York and the surrounding cultural milieu.  

A Night With Sea Watch

Thursday 16th October 2014 Location: Memorial Hall

Want to find our more about Cardigan Bay local dolphins?

Then come and meet the marine biologists and volunteers behind Sea Watch and learn about the antics of the Cardigan Bay Dolphins Presentation with exhibitions, videos and refreshments.

Vintage Car Rally

Sunday 19th October 2014 Location: Rhosygilwen Mansion

Vintage Car Rally, alongside a new venture, a pop up market featuring organic, fairtrade and/or local producers brought to Rhosygilwen by greenweeds. An exhibition of organic Welsh wool crafts will on display in Ty Solar.

Llangrannog Fireworks 2014

Saturday 25th October 2014 Location: Llangrannog Beach

Llangrannog Fireworks 2014

Not to be missed

The best firework display you are likely to see over the Cardigan Bay coast. Very busy, so arrive early. The display is organised by the village, free of charge, for the village and anyone who enjoys a fantastic display of fireworks. The bonfire is set on the beach to coincide with the rising tide to extinguish it, rockets are launched from the cliff tops on either side of the cove, and hundreds of fireworks from the beach. Its funded by collections during the year locally and on the night from the visitors.

Spooky Halloween

Sunday 26th October 2014 - Friday 31st October Location: Cilgerran Castle

Cilgerran Castle will be hosting a day of scary activities for children including mask-making and a spooky trail. There will be a prize for the first 100 children taking part. Adult - £3.50 Family - £10.50* Senior citizens, students and children under 16 - £2.65 Member - Am Ddim/Free Disabled and companion - Am Ddim/Free *Admits 2 adults and all children under 16.

Ceredigion Craft Makers Fair at Aberaeron

Monday 27th October 2014 - Saturday 1st November Location: Aberaeron Tabernacle

Ceredigion Craft Makers are a co-operative of artists, designer makers and craftspeople who live and work in Ceredigion. At each event there will be a selection of members from CCM

TIME LET ME PLAY.. From the Poetry of Dylan Thomas.

Monday 27th October 2014 Location: The Black Lion

Music composed and performed by Keith James. THIS IS DYLAN’S BIRTHDAY. THIS CONCERT IS IN HIS FAVOURITE PUB.THE BLACK LION BRAVE AND COMPELLING SONGS FROM THE POETRY OF DYLAN THOMAS COMPOSED AND PERFORMED BY KEITH JAMES A dynamic and emotional collection of Dylan’s most cherished Poems, meticulously set to music by one of this country’s most singular and critically acclaimed performers. A synthesis and re-imagining of this precious body of work. Realising its beauty, anger, shame and humility. Words from where the very core of human spirit lives. Do not go gentle into that goodnight, Clown in the moon, In the beginning, Fern Hill, A process in the weather of the heart, Especially when the October wind.. Keith James, well known for his emotive performances and his unrelenting passion for irresistible, weighty prose to be at the forefront of his music. This is a concert of Dylan’s honest and binding poems, set into song and embarking on a new journey. Also included are Keith’s unique and passionate settings of Poems by Pablo Neruda, William Blake, Federico Garcia Lorca, Isabel Allende and Leonard Cohen.

‘Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear’ The Independent ‘Amongst the best of innovative re-imaginings of the writer’s work’ The Telegraph ‘Musicians brave enough to make the music they really believe in. Keith James is one of these’ Bob Harris BBC Radio www.timeletmeplay.co.uk www.keith-james.com

November 2014

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!

Ceredigion Craft Makers Fair at Aberaeron

Monday 27th October 2014 - Saturday 1st November Location: Aberaeron Tabernacle

Ceredigion Craft Makers are a co-operative of artists, designer makers and craftspeople who live and work in Ceredigion. At each event there will be a selection of members from CCM

Abertoir Festival

Tuesday 11th November 2014 - Sunday 16th November Location: Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Abertoir - Wales' International Horror Festival

Wales' International Horror Festival

This year the festival has taken over Aberystwyth’s steam train' The Vale of Rheidol' and will be offering an atmospheric Edwardian train journey, drinks and a screening of the Peter Cushing / Christopher Lee classic  Horror Express on the platform itself - not to be missed!

Christmas Craft and Food Fair

Saturday 29th November 2014 Location: National Wool Museum

This popular annual craft fair will, this year, also be featuring the best of local foods. No need to go further for your Christmas shopping. The range of stalls will include country crafts, textile crafts, wood work, soaps, candles, fudges, jams, Christmas puddings and much more. This is an excellent opportunity to purchase unique gifts and home-made foods for Christmas and support local producers around Cardigan Bay

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.