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:

August 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 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 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:

Fishguard International Music Festival

Thursday 21st July 2016 - Tuesday 2nd August Location: Fishguard - Various Venues

Taking place in one of the most beautiful corners of West Wales a 12-day celebration of classical music that includes visiting orchestras, chamber ensembles, opera and solo artists. This festival takes place in a variety of venues in and around Fishguard. Please see full list of venues here, and this year's concerts here

Ceredigion Art Trail 2016

Saturday 30th July 2016 - Monday 29th August Location: Cardigan & Around

The Trail offers everyone the opportunity to meet artists and makers, to learn firsthand about their work and techniques and to buy direct from the artist.

North and South Regions

This year the Trail is extended to run through August divided into two regional periods. South region opens 30th July to 14th August and then North region from 13th August to 29th August. Artists and Groups will be open during their region specific period but may also be open at other times. See artists listing or the Calendar for individual opening times Ag Cain Come Rambling In Wales Don't miss the fun of the exhibition by Ag Cain [above] 1st - 29th August (open daily 10am - 4pm) Aberaeron Tourist Information Centre Quay Parade, Aberaeron SA46 0BT Full details at: ceredigionarttrail.org.uk/ag-cain/

Shakespeare in the Abbey

Wednesday 3rd August 2016 - Saturday 6th August Location: St Dogmaels Abbey

Twelfth Night, or What You Will

The Abbey Shakespeare Players first came to the majestic ruins of St Dogmaels Abbey with  Twelfth Night in 1987. We are delighted to revisit one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies for this, our 30th production. As the day ends, seated outdoors and swallows turn into stars, St Dogmaels Abbey creates its very own kind of magic.  Twelfth Night will be directed by Georgina Ferry and Ian Wood. A great while ago the world begun, With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, But that's all one, our play is done, And we'll strive to please you every day. Feste, Act V Sc 1 Tickets will be available in advance from Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan Tickets are also available at the gate on the evening. This is an outdoor production so please dress warmly. Seating is provided.  

New Quay Music Festival

Friday 5th August 2016 - Sunday 7th August Location: New Quay

TICKETS: Lots of ways to buy

  • Friday night £10.00
  • Saturday night £18.50 or £20.00 on the door*
  • Sunday night £18.50 or £20.00 on the door*
  • All 3 nights bought together in advance £40 *Subject to tickets remaining

Cardigan River and Food Festival

Saturday 6th August 2016 Location: Cardigan & Around

The festival is great fun for all the family, with cooking demonstrations and a full programme of river events, entertainment and activities for the children. There will be plenty to eat, drink, see and enjoy, so come along and get a real taste of Cardigan!

Cardigan Bay Regatta

Tuesday 9th August 2016 - Thursday 11th August Location: New Quay

Sailing, rowing, swimming, sandcastle building - every event you can think of on and by the sea. The Cardigan Bay Regatta is a three-day annual event which organises sailing races for all ages and shore based swimming races and fun events for children. It is suitable for all the family with sandcastle building competitions on the first day. The CARDIGAN BAY REGATTA - New Quay is one of the oldest in the UK, first being held in 1829!

Cilgerran Festival Week

Friday 12th August 2016 - Sunday 21st August Location: Cilgerran

Watch out for more information on the popular village festival. The coracle races are a must! Saturday 20th Coracle Races at Dolbadau with BBQ, refreshments & crafts stalls featuring a homemade raft race. Part of the Cilgerran Festive Week celebrations. Sunday 21st Cilgerran grand carnival parade with floats, classic cars, bikes and tractors, assembling at 1pm and moving off at 1.30pm. Range of events on the field with licensed bar, BBQ & refreshments.Cilgerran grand carnival parade with floats, classic cars, bikes and tractors, assembling at 1pm and moving off at 1.30pm. Range of events on the field with licensed bar, BBQ & refreshments. cilgerran festival programme

Aberaeron Beer & Cider Festival

Saturday 13th August 2016 Location: Aberaeron Yacht Club

The Aberaeron Beer & Cider Festival, which has been a great success due to the magnificent hard work of Lowri & Nathan Goss, 2016's event will be on Saturday the 13th August, venue Aberaeron Yacht & Watersports Club, a selection of the very best Real Ales and Ciders will be on offer, as well as a Tented Marquee, Live Music and Good Grub.

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'.

Aberystwyth Sea 2 Shore Food Festival

Saturday 13th August 2016 Location: Aberystwyth

Come and enjoy a feast of fine food! Food Festival held on Aberystwyth Promenade with all kinds of stalls and activities: cookery demonstrations and sample tasters by fish experts and local hotel chefs. Demonstrations include surf lifesaving, and the delicate art of fly-tying, casting demonstration by World Champion, Hywel Morgan - Award winning Aberystwyth Farmers Market food stalls, art and craft stalls and children's craft activities. Competitions include the Aberystwyth World crab championships!

Aberaeron Festival Of Welsh Ponies & Cobs

Sunday 14th August 2016 Location: Square Field Cae Sgwar Aberaeron

A truly unique event showcasing every aspect of the amazing breed, the Welsh pony and Cob. Exciting events throughout the day in the square field, Cae Sgwar right in the middle of Aberaeron. Events will include:

  • Introduction to the sections of the breed: section A, section B, section C, section D & Welsh part-bred.
  • In-hand, under-saddle & driving displays.
  • Inter-hunt relay showcasing jumping, thrills & spills!
  • Showjumping & dressage displays.
  • Running of the stallions.
  • Food & craft stalls.
Horse & pony entry is free & everyone is welcome.

Cardigan Art Society Summer Show

Monday 15th August 2016 - Saturday 20th August Location: Corn Exchange Gallery

This annual summer exhibition is a popular fixture in Cardigan showcasing a range of art works by local artists. For half a century Cardigan Art Society has promoted the visual arts in the area by providing its members with mutual support consisting of talks, demonstrations and workshops. CAS welcomes artists of all levels of ability and provides them with at least two public showings annually.

Wildlife Watch at Teifi Marshes

Saturday 20th August 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

AberJazz Fishguard Jazz 'n' Blues Festival

Thursday 25th August 2016 - Monday 29th August Location: Fishguard - Various Venues

Courtney PineFantastic range of jazz and blues

  • Courtney Pine
  • Slowly Rolling Camera
  • King Pleasure & the Biscuit Boys
  • Tipitina
  • Inc A
  • Tango Jazz Quartet
... and many many many more Download 2016 your programme here The Aberjazz box office will be open in the Town Hall from Monday to Wednesday from 11am to 3pm and on Thursday from 10am to 12pm. From then on tickets will be available from the Aberjazz desk in Ffwrn over the festival weekend. Aberjazz map 2016

Aberaeron Mackerel Fiesta

Saturday 27th August 2016 Location: Aberaeron Harbour

With stalls, bands and a parade led by a 20-foot fish, the fiesta sees the fishing town of Aberaeron honour the mackerel. The parade starts outside Tourist Information Centre 3pm, and finishes at Aberaeron Yacht Club. The Mackerel Festival is now in its 11th year. Join us for the usual Parade Around Town, followed by the blessing, Live Music, BBQ and much more. Aberaeron Mackerel Fiesta

Cardigan Quays Festival 2016

Saturday 27th August 2016 - Sunday 28th August Location: Cardigan Quay

The annual Cardigan quays festival celebrates Cardigan's rich cultural and maritime heritage.

A CELEBRATION OF THE RIVER, CULTURE AND PEOPLE IN AND AROUND CARDIGAN & THE TEIFI VALLEY
BOATS | BEER | MAKERS | GROWERS | FOOD | FIREWORKS | MUSIC |  SPECTACLE | FUN
This is the town that has been the fortified seat of kings, that has given birth to the Eisteddfod, and that helped set sail to the dreams of many to a new land called America. There will be music, crafts, river activities, food stalls from artisan producers, fish, beers, cheeses, breads, workshops, performers and a whole wealth of sights, sounds, tastes and experiences to delight and entertain. All this against the backdrop of the Historic port and the majestic River Teifi flowing down to the open sea. The festival is held in and around the quayside on the river opposite the castle in the old port area of the town.

Aberaeron Carnival 2016

Monday 29th August 2016 Location: Aberaeron Harbour

The Aberaeron Carnival  takes place every year on the August Bank Holiday Monday. The Carnival Parade starts on the Harbour Quay at 13:45

Carnival colours for 2016 are Turquoise and red

Float Application Form Stall Application Form

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 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.