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:

September 2016

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.

The Button Project

Saturday 18th June 2016 - Sunday 25th September Location: Aberystwyth Arts Centre

The Button Project is an ongoing experiment in curating and creative collaboration. It began in 2013 when Jo Dahn sent a message to ceramics practitioners, asking them to make a button and post it to her:

Hearn / Iron Exhibition by Antonia Dewhurst

Saturday 13th August 2016 - Saturday 1st October Location: Oriel Mwldan

For over a century corrugated iron has been woven through the fabric of the rural Welsh landscape. While not unique to the region, it is nevertheless an integral characteristic of our countryside. The material, loved by some, loathed by others, is so ubiquitous that it often goes unnoticed as it weathers back into the earth. This project sets out to record what remains of these structures before they disappear entirely. Through photography, video, sound and sculpture, Antonia Dewhurst will investigate the role of architecture as a metaphor for the human condition, our universal need for shelter and our complex relationship with that which we call 'home'.

Wildlife Watch at Teifi Marshes

Saturday 17th September 2016 Location: The Welsh Wildlife Centre

Wildlife Watch is the junior branch of the Wildlife Trust aimed at inspiring and educating children in nature, wildlife and generally getting outdoors and having fun. The Teifi Marshes Wildlife Watch group is run by volunteers and is aimed at children between 6 and 12yrs. We meet in the Nature School for two hours on the third Saturday of every month. Some of our past activities have included putting up a camera trap around the nature reserve to see what wildlife activity can be captured, going on a minibeast safari, searching for tracks and signs and going on a reptile ramble to see grass snakes, lizards and slow worms. Please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately as we go outside in all weathers! Parents are not required to stay for the meeting but they must fill out a consent form. For more information please contact Nia Stephens

Deborah Darling – Frida Kahlo Themed Exhibition

Monday 26th September 2016 - Saturday 8th October Location: Corn Exchange Gallery

Deborah Darling – Frida Kahlo Themed Exhibition A collection of artists work based on the life and work of Frida Kahlo, a celebration of her, the opening will be 7pm Monday evening, there will be a performance artist playing the role of Frida, there will be musicians, art films and more.

The Eye

Friday 30th September 2016 - Sunday 2nd October Location: Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Over one busy weekend leading UK and international photographers will gather in Aberystwyth for a jam packed programme of talks, discussions, interviews, portfolio reviews and exhibitions. This year's guests include A Fine Beginning, Rhodri Jones, Maria Gruzdeva, Sophie Batterbury, Jill Furmanovsky [work pictured], Zed Nelson, Rebecca Naden and Nick Danziger. Tickets: £65 per person for the whole weekend £55 concessions (students, seniors) £45 groups of 10 or more £40 ( £35 concessions) day tickets Please note the prices do not include lunch or refreshments

October 2016

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.

Hearn / Iron Exhibition by Antonia Dewhurst

Saturday 13th August 2016 - Saturday 1st October Location: Oriel Mwldan

For over a century corrugated iron has been woven through the fabric of the rural Welsh landscape. While not unique to the region, it is nevertheless an integral characteristic of our countryside. The material, loved by some, loathed by others, is so ubiquitous that it often goes unnoticed as it weathers back into the earth. This project sets out to record what remains of these structures before they disappear entirely. Through photography, video, sound and sculpture, Antonia Dewhurst will investigate the role of architecture as a metaphor for the human condition, our universal need for shelter and our complex relationship with that which we call 'home'.

Deborah Darling – Frida Kahlo Themed Exhibition

Monday 26th September 2016 - Saturday 8th October Location: Corn Exchange Gallery

Deborah Darling – Frida Kahlo Themed Exhibition A collection of artists work based on the life and work of Frida Kahlo, a celebration of her, the opening will be 7pm Monday evening, there will be a performance artist playing the role of Frida, there will be musicians, art films and more.

The Eye

Friday 30th September 2016 - Sunday 2nd October Location: Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Over one busy weekend leading UK and international photographers will gather in Aberystwyth for a jam packed programme of talks, discussions, interviews, portfolio reviews and exhibitions. This year's guests include A Fine Beginning, Rhodri Jones, Maria Gruzdeva, Sophie Batterbury, Jill Furmanovsky [work pictured], Zed Nelson, Rebecca Naden and Nick Danziger. Tickets: £65 per person for the whole weekend £55 concessions (students, seniors) £45 groups of 10 or more £40 ( £35 concessions) day tickets Please note the prices do not include lunch or refreshments

Wildlife Watch at Teifi Marshes

Saturday 15th October 2016 Location: The Welsh Wildlife Centre

Wildlife Watch is the junior branch of the Wildlife Trust aimed at inspiring and educating children in nature, wildlife and generally getting outdoors and having fun. The Teifi Marshes Wildlife Watch group is run by volunteers and is aimed at children between 6 and 12yrs. We meet in the Nature School for two hours on the third Saturday of every month. Some of our past activities have included putting up a camera trap around the nature reserve to see what wildlife activity can be captured, going on a minibeast safari, searching for tracks and signs and going on a reptile ramble to see grass snakes, lizards and slow worms. Please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately as we go outside in all weathers! Parents are not required to stay for the meeting but they must fill out a consent form. For more information please contact Nia Stephens

Halloween late evening tours at Cardigan Castle

Friday 28th October 2016 - Saturday 29th October Location: Cardigan Castle

Halloween late evening tours and spooky ghost stories in house 6pm, £3 per person tickets from castle, booking essential

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.