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:

July 2015

The Ethereal Closet Of Spacetime

Saturday 23rd May 2015 - Saturday 11th July Location: Mwldan

Mark Eaglen explores the relationships between art, science, technology and nature. Typical to his practice, this exhibition will include drawings, sculpture, digital and video works, alongside opportunities to interact with the pieces. The works often playfully engage with the nature of perception, mixing both traditional processes and developments in technology. Exploration is key to his practice, using video feedback to generate patterns, inspire sculptural forms and raise further questions. Recent works continue to build upon these discoveries, responding to scientific theory, reflections upon space-time and an ongoing enthusiasm for the Cosmic Microwave Background. Opening reception at 16:00 on Saturday 23d May – all are welcome!

International Ceramics Festival

Friday 3rd July 2015 - Sunday 5th July Location: Aberystwyth Arts Centre

The International Ceramics Festival The International Ceramics Festival is a fantastic event held at the Arts Centre which attracts about 1000 people who attend a jam-packed programme of lectures, practical demonstrations, special exhibitions, spectacular firings and trade stalls, over the weekend. Since it began in 1987 it has grown to become the UK’s leading ceramics event, offering teachers, students, ceramic artists, collectors, working potters and amateurs the chance to meet and study the work of distinguished, internationally known potters and ceramicists from Wales, the UK and around the world. The trade stalls and exhibitions are open to the general public throughout the weekend, so everyone is welcome! There will also be community hands-on activities which everyone can take part in. For more details visit www.internationalceramicsfestival.org The International Ceramics Festival is organised by Aberystwyth Arts Centre and North and South Wales Potters Associations.

Aberaeron Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival

Sunday 5th July 2015 Location: Aberaeron Harbour

Fishy feasting and great selection of foods from Wales. Come with a healthy appetite! Over the years, the Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival has grown to be one of the highlights of the food calendar in Wales and several thousand people are expected to flock to the quayside this summer to see and taste the best of local seafood, fish and other produce. There is free parking at Min Aeron CCC Social Services Offices SA46 0DY and Penmorfa CCC Offices SA46 0PA - only a 5min walk away from the harbour

Cardigan Art Society Summer Show

Friday 17th July 2015 - Saturday 15th August Location: Mwldan

This annual summer exhibition is a popular fixture in Oriel Mwldan gallery programme, 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 a mutual support system consisting of talks, demonstrations and workshops. CAS welcomes artists of all levels of ability and provides them with at least two public showings annually. Opening reception and prize-giving at 18:00 on 17.07.15 – all are welcome!

Lady Augusta at Cardigan Castle

Thursday 23rd July 2015 Location: Cardigan Castle

lady augusta leads a field trip in time at cardigan castle

performed by Small World Theatre trips start: 12pm & 2pm suitable for children and their families This beautiful giant explorer and adventurer stands 12ft tall and has two friendly field assistants to help her on her Field Trips in Time. Families are invited to join her on this adventure into history around the castle grounds. Lots of Adventures Join Small World Theatre at Cardigan Castle this Summer for adventures, creative workshops and great puppet shows. Once you've entered the Castle, these activities are free and we’d like everyone to join us! Full details of the programme can be found on smallworld.org.uk Admission Charges Full details of Cardigan Castle's admission charges can be found on their website cardigancastle.com

Cardigan Castle's Official Opening Concert

Saturday 25th July 2015 Location: Cardigan Castle

Bellowhead will be headlining Cardigan Castle's official opening concert on 25 July, with support from Wales' own 9Bach! Tickets are now available to book from Mwldan's Box Office.

“One of the best live experiences available in the world today”   Chris Evans, BBC Radio 2

Cardigan County Show

Wednesday 29th July 2015 Location: Cardigan & Around

Annual agricultural show with livestock judging, music and a great atmosphere.

Aberaeron Regatta

Friday 31st July 2015 - Sunday 2nd August Location: Aberaeron Harbour

Aberaeron Yacht & Watersports Club Find full details on website

August 2015

Cardigan Art Society Summer Show

Friday 17th July 2015 - Saturday 15th August Location: Mwldan

This annual summer exhibition is a popular fixture in Oriel Mwldan gallery programme, 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 a mutual support system consisting of talks, demonstrations and workshops. CAS welcomes artists of all levels of ability and provides them with at least two public showings annually. Opening reception and prize-giving at 18:00 on 17.07.15 – all are welcome!

Aberaeron Regatta

Friday 31st July 2015 - Sunday 2nd August Location: Aberaeron Harbour

Aberaeron Yacht & Watersports Club Find full details on website

Shakespeare in the Abbey

Wednesday 5th August 2015 - Saturday 8th August Location: St Dogmaels Abbey

The Tempest will be the Abbey Shakespeare Players' 29th summer production in St Dogmaels Abbey and will be directed by Henry Morris. The Tempest is one of Shakespeare's late works, and apparently the last play of which he was sole author. A masterpiece of dramatic invention, its repeated allusions to art, spectacle and illusion have led some to associate Prospero with Shakespeare himself. Seated outdoors near the sea, be transported to an island that shows us what it means to be human. And as the day ends and swallows turn into stars, St Dogmaels Abbey creates its very own kind of magic. With live music and a lively cast, The Tempest will be The Abbey Shakespeare Players' 29th production in the majestic ruins of St Dogmaels Abbey. 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. Proceeds to Hanes Llandoch Registered Charity No. 1089775

Aberaeron Beer & Cider Festival

Saturday 8th August 2015 Location: Aberaeron Yacht Club

The Aberaeron Beer & Cider Festival, which has been a great success due to the magnificent hardwork of Lowri & Nathan Goss, 2015's event will be on Saturday the 8th 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.

Cardigan River and Food Festival

Saturday 8th August 2015 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!

Cilgerran Festival Week

Friday 14th August 2015 - Sunday 23rd August Location: Cilgerran

Watch out for more information on the popular village festival. The coracle races are a must!

Chamber Philharmonia Cologne

Thursday 20th August 2015 Location: St. Mary’s Church

We are very happy to propose you a diverse program ranging from Antonio VIVALDI and his tremendously famous "Four Seasons" to W.A. MOZART, J.S. BACH and Peter Tchaikovsky. VIVALDI CONCERTI VIRTUOSI Concerto for Violin, Strings and basso continuo RV 383 » La Stravaganza « Concerto in A Minor for Violoncello, Strings and basso continuo PV 35 MOZART Concerto in A Major for Clarinet and Orchestra KV 622 TCHAIKOVSKY » Pezzo capriccioso « for Violoncello and Orchestra op. 62 PAGANINI » The Witches Dance « for Violin and Orchestra op. 8 Sergey Didorenko * Violin Dmitri Gornowsky * Violoncello Roman Kushniarou * Clarinet Bookings: Cardigan Tourist Information Centre, Theatr Mwldan, Bath House Road, SA43 2JY Cardigan, Tel. 01239 / 613230 and at the door one hour prior to the concert from 6.30 pm

Ceredigion Art Trail 2015

Saturday 22nd August 2015 - Monday 31st August Location: Cardigan & Around

Artists and groups open their studios. A full list of artists and venues can be found on the website. This event makes an excellent tour for a visit to Cardigan Bay

Josephine Sowden: A Change of Worlds

Saturday 22nd August 2015 - Saturday 10th October Location: Mwldan

Josephine Sowden was awarded the Gold Medal at the 2013 National Eisteddfod for her video ‘The Lilies of the Field’ and since then has continued to make work which investigates the inherent underlying madness of modern humanity. Using digital media, her projects explore the ‘Fall of Man’ triggered by the birth of Monotheism and the rise of Patriarchy, and how both altered the evolution of the Earth and the human race. Opening reception at 16:00 on 22.08.15 – all are welcome!

Open Quilt Show

Friday 28th August 2015 - Sunday 30th August Location: Cae Hir Gardens

An open Quilt Show held in the beautiful RHS associate Gardens. Enter your quilt then come and see it hung in these beautiful hillside gardens. Alternatively just come and enjoy the beautiful quilts and gardens. There are tea rooms in the garden which serve excellent cakes and there will be a traders marquee for all your quilting needs as well as quilts and crafts for sale. As the gardens are set on a hillside there is limited disabled access. Free parking.

Aberaeron Carnival 2015

Monday 31st August 2015 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 2015 are Purple and Orange

Float Application Form Stall Application Form

Medieval Day at St Dogmaels Abbey

Monday 31st August 2015 Location: St Dogmaels Abbey

Crafts, Workshops, Grub, Games & Medieval Mischief for all the family.

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.