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:

August 2014

Brendan S Burns: Pulse Exhibition

Saturday 28th June 2014 - Saturday 9th August Location: Mwldan

in this collection of work Burns continues his exploration through paint of abstract ideas, drawing upon imagery rooted in the natural world. Brendan Burns’ lives and works in South West Wales. Themes central to Burns’ work inclu de ideas of absence, isolation, mortality and the spiritual

Aberystwyth Musicfest

Saturday 26th July 2014 - Saturday 2nd August Location: Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Inspirational week of Living Music. Aberystwyth Arts Centre’s MusicFest is an enticing fusion of Music Festival and Summer School; of experience and learning; of performance and appreciation. The engagement of audience, student, and artist alike creates the unique community atmosphere of MusicFest – ‘refreshing, rewarding and thoroughly inspirational’. More Information >>>

New Quay Music Festival

Friday 1st August 2014 - Sunday 3rd August Location: New Quay

It's a Swing Thing

Live concert with Toyah, Hazel O'Connor and 'Guns 2 Roses' tribute band. See details below for venues and times www.newquaywalesmusicfestival.moonfruit.com 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

Quilt Show

Friday 1st August 2014 - Sunday 3rd 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 for sale. As the gardens are set on a hillside there is limited disabled access. Free parking Admission £5

Shakespeare in the Abbey

Wednesday 6th August 2014 - Saturday 9th August Location: St. Dogmael's Abbey

http://www.abbeyshakespeare.co.uk/ The Merchant of Venice will be the Abbey Shakespeare Players' 28th summer production in St Dogmaels Abbey and will be directed by Amy Levene. Performances will be from Wednesday 6 August to Saturday 9 August 2014 at 8pm

Aberaeron Festival Of Welsh Ponies & Cobs

Sunday 10th August 2014 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.
NEWS FLASH - Calling all Welsh Pony, Cob & Part-bred owners! All Welsh cobs, A, B, C, D or part-bred are welcome to come to the festival. Whether your pony is a champion or family pet - we need horses & your support!

Ceredigion Art Trail 2014

Saturday 16th August 2014 - Sunday 31st August Location: Cardigan & Around

Sixty artists and groups open their studios. A full list of artists and venues can be found on the website. This event makes an excellent focus for a visit to Cardigan Bay and starts on the same date as the River and Food Festival.

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

Cardigan River and Food Festival

Saturday 16th August 2014 Location: Cardigan & Around

T 01239 615554 W  www.cardigan-food-festival.co.uk E  mailto:admin@cardigan-food-festival.co.uk 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

Sunday 17th August 2014 - Tuesday 19th August Location: New Quay

Sailing, rowing, swimming, sandcastle building - every event you can think of on and by the sea. Main day is Saturday 18th August.

the garden 2014

Sunday 17th August 2014 - Monday 18th August Location: Tŷ Rhos Uchaf

Find secret treasures in the garden…

Contemporary artists exhibit in a garden being brought back to life Kathryn Campbell Dodd, Kate Dunwell, George Manson, Seren Stacey, Jacob Whittaker, Rose Wood, Sam Vicary, Sean Vicary and Toby Downing. Following the success of last year’s two day event, The Garden exhibition returns to Tŷ Rhos Uchaf for a second year on Sunday 17th and Monday 18th of August 2014. Contemporary artist from Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion will exhibit artworks in the grounds and outbuildings of the former Nevern Nurseries. This smallholding bears evidence of its past uses, from the unusually varied species of trees along its avenue and Christmas tree plantation to the exotic contents of the industrial scale greenhouses. The main greenhouse is blooming with 50 year old roses in shades from apricot to vermilion; figs are abundant as are the wild plants or weeds which colonise any forgotten garden. But Kate Dunwell and partner Will Suiter, with help from the Dunwell family, have been lovingly excavating and restoring the site to reveal the secret garden once more.
“Its a captivating place, there’s something dream like about it, like (Hodgson Burnett’s) The Secret Garden. It invites people to try out their ideas as you can see in the layers of history and evidence of different people’s projects throughout the years”, Seren Stacey.
The site is a source of inspiration for the artist involved, yet the artwork doesn't seek to battle with the natural beauty but to heighten the experience of being there. There is a communal, village fete spirit to the event as people are invited to walk in the gardens, view and interact with the artworks and relax with cream teas. Photographic artists Kate Dunwell has been making drawings and mono-prints using the abundance of glass from the old greenhouses which she will install. As well as exhibiting in Colony 2014 (Cardigan) Kathryn Campbell Dodd is making new work specifically for this site. She is interested in the ‘object’ within visual art and craft contexts and in this context will turn her focus on the abandoned tools and storage in the traditional barns. Following on from his recent work for the annual contemporary art exhibition Rhôd 2014 artist George Manson will bring his quirky, humorous take on the village notice board. Seren Stacey has spent the past 6 months mapping and naming textures and features of Llandysul and Ponweli, two villages in the Teifi Valley, as part of a wry take on decorators’ paint swatches. Jacob Whittaker’s film, performance and socially engaged artwork often explores sound music and memory. Previous and ongoing projects include recording the resonance of Ceredigion’s Chapel buildings and mapping the unique visual ‘fingerprint’ of people’s voices. For The Garden 2014 Jacob will combine his art practice with his passion for hedgerow winemaking. Rose Wood is an emerging jewellery designer who has been inspired to juxtapose her unique designs with the faded aesthetic of this tumbledown smallholding. You will find her designs twinkling from potting sheds and Dutch barns. Painting by Sam Vicary‘Nurturing the idea of taming her garden space and the birds that visit, Sam Vicary has a longing to bring them in to her world. Through her paintings, she wants to bring their beauty into the home, juxtaposing them with the interior”. Sean Vicary has gained acclaim for his pioneering use of animation and augmented reality to create work inspired by the Welsh landscape. For The Garden Sean Vicary is collaborating with sensational prop maker Toby Downing (of Small World Theatre) to create an interactive installation which combines automata (moving sculpture) with animation. There is a rich cultural offer over the weekend with the annual Colony exhibition, only 20 minutes away, showing work by contemporary artists from West Wales in multiple sites across Cardigan Town. Cream teas and other refreshments will be on sale.

The Big Tribute Festival 2014

Friday 22nd August 2014 - Sunday 24th August Location: Lovesgrove

The Big Tribute festival is Wales festival weekender made up exclusively of tribute acts, bringing you a fantasy main stage line up Adult Saver £45.00 Child 5-13yrs £10.00 Infant - under 5yrs FREE Young Person 14-17yrs £24.00 Campervan £20.00

The Big Tribute Festival 2014

Friday 22nd August 2014 - Sunday 24th August Location:

The Big Tribute festival is Wales festival weekender made up exclusively of tribute acts, bringing you a fantasy main stage line up Adult Saver £45.00 Child 5-13yrs £10.00 Infant - under 5yrs FREE Young Person 14-17yrs £24.00 Campervan £20.00

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

Coracle Races at Cilgerran

Saturday 23rd August 2014 Location: Cilgerran

Annual Coracle races on the river Teifi at Cilgerran near Cardigan. Races are organised for and participated by the coracle nets men. Other participants with a coracle are also welcome to take part. Races start at 2pm Enquiries: 01239 614600

QuayFest

Saturday 23rd August 2014 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

Monday 25th August 2014 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 2014 are Bright Blue and Green

Float Application Form Stall Application Form

Medieval Day at St Dogmaels Abbey

Monday 25th August 2014 Location: St Dogmaels Abbey

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

Aberaeron Mackerel Festival

Saturday 30th August 2014 Location: Aberaeron Harbour

With stalls, bands and a parade led by a 20-foot fish, the fiesta sees the fishing town honour the mackerel. The parade starts outside Tourist Information Centre 3pm, and finishes at Aberaeron Yacht Club.

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

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.