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.

Bike hire and bike repair available from New Image Bikes Cardigan

Cardigan Bay Cycle Routes

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:

June 2017

Through the Paper Window - Lea Sautin

Through the Paper Window - Lea Sautin Saturday 29th April 2017 - Sunday 18th June Location: Oriel Mwldan

Lea Sautin’s artwork focuses on the storytelling traditions of Wales, exploring distortions and transformations that occur over time, across languages and between formats (from oral performance to illustrated manuscript). Using elements taken from ancient Welsh tales as the basis for her work, Sautin uses print to sculpture to photography to reflect the evolution and alteration of the stories themselves. Through her work Lea Sautin celebrates the shifting craft of the storyteller; whether the medium is spoken, written or drawn. On Saturday 29th April there will be storytelling and music with Lynne Denman in the gallery 4 pm - free entry #ffenestrbapur

May Half Term Fun at Llanerchaeron

May Half Term Fun at Llanerchaeron Saturday 27th May 2017 - Sunday 4th June Location: Llanerchaeron

Join our ranger on a bug hunt, build a den, get planting with our gardener and grow everything you need for a summer pizza and watch our flock of sheep get their annual hair cut! Ceredigion Spinners and Weavers will also be demonstrating how to treat, dye and spin a sheep’s fleece into wool. There are also 6 new tasks on the Servants' Trail! Help the butler pack a picnic, weigh ingredients with the cook and practice darning with the laundry maid. Pick up your wheel at reception and have a go!

Plant Fair

Plant Fair Saturday 3rd June 2017 Location: The Welsh Wildlife Centre

Ceredigion Growers Association Plant Fair FREE PARKING ON THE DAY, FREE ENTRY Wildlife Centre, Walks, Hides, Cafe, Toilets all open - no parking fees!

Drawing with Cloth and Stitch - Cefyn Burgess

Drawing with Cloth and Stitch - Cefyn Burgess Saturday 3rd June 2017 Location: The Welsh Quilt Centre

Exploring surface qualities of the chapels, the raw material and their architectural forms, patterns and rhythms. Cefyn Burgess will be starting from his previous workshop which explored the illustration and interpretation of Welsh Chapels through the use of embellishment and sewing on fabric, felt and Welsh flannel. Workshop students will learn how to work with the four elements of shape, colour, line and texture.

Aberystwyth and Ceredigion County Show

Aberystwyth and Ceredigion County Show Saturday 10th June 2017 Location: Caeau Gelli Angharad

First major agricultural show of the season. Horses, livestock, sheep, machinery, displays. This is an impressive annual agricultural show. This local show attracts many visitors from the surrounding areas, uniting the farming industry and local community. A wide range of events take place from produce and poultry shows through to equestrian. It provides excellent opportunities for local farmers, plant growers, and exhibitors, and is a fun day out that can be enjoyed by all the family. Directions Located on the A44 between Aberystwyth and Capel Bangor Aim towards Aberystwyth, following the A487 through the villages of Tal-y-Bont and Bow Street. After you have travelled through Bow Street, take the first turning left onto the A4159. Continue on this road until you reach a roundabout. On the roundabout, take the first exit left, marked A44 Llangurig. The Show will be seen straight ahead of you. Please use the correct entrance.

Newcastle Emlyn Food Festival

Newcastle Emlyn Food Festival Saturday 10th June 2017 Location: Newcastle Emlyn

Newcastle Emlyn Food Festival 2017 Come along to the King George V Playing Field [52°02'19.9"N 4°28'10.7"W] in Newcastle Emlyn to enjoy local produce and entertainment.  

Lightning Path

Lightning Path Saturday 10th June 2017 Location: Ceredigion Museum

Lightning Path with Small World Theatre Ella wonders why her family farm is flooding and the eels are not coming up the river anymore. She embarks on a magical journey to find answers. At the end of her journey the audience will help her make some important decisions for the future.

MidMad 2017

MidMad 2017 Saturday 17th June 2017 Location: Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Coming together in Harmony Not Hate, in the spirit of Jo Cox's ‘More in Common’ As part of The Great Get Together. Annual free music festival. Enjoy a fantastic day of live music and fun for all the family! Plus…, Face Painting & Circus Skills Workshops, Aberystwyth Arts Centre’s popular barbecue, real ale and more at the bars, local ice-cream and lots more still to be confirmed! It’s a great day, everyone is welcome. Bring your friends, family and neighbours and have a good time! Featuring ..... The Mighty FUOD | Achannak (Bangra Band) | The Boogilators / The Hornettes + MORE! See link below for full programme.

Cardigan Beer Festival

Cardigan Beer Festival Friday 23rd June 2017 - Saturday 24th June Location: Cardigan Quay

What to expect... BEER & CIDER FROM THE BEST BREWERIES IN WALES: MANTLE BLUESTONE PENLON HANDMADE SEREN HALLETS SKYBORRY CAFFLE TENBY TINY REBEL OTLEY CRAFTY DEVIL HOPCRAFT CWRW IÂL MAD DOG WEST BY THREE HEAVY INDUSTRY LIVE GLASTONBURY + LIVE MUSIC: Live acts TBC + live coverage of Glastonbury on Friday eve & all day Saturday

Pembrokeshire Fish Week Festival

Pembrokeshire Fish Week Festival Saturday 24th June 2017 - Sunday 2nd July Location: Pembrokeshire

Listed as the UK's No1 Food Festival 2013 by The Independent, Pembrokeshire Fish Week is taking place between the 24th June and 2nd July Full details here: www.pembrokeshirefishweek.co.uk

Trails by Hannah Morris & Owain Griffiths

Trails by Hannah Morris & Owain Griffiths Saturday 24th June 2017 - Sunday 6th August Location: Oriel Mwldan

Through Trails/Olion Morris and Griffiths explore ideas of travel and leisure, looking in particular at the way in which we respond to and interact with landscapes. Following a tour of Youth Hostels in England and Wales the duo's artistic responses (including spontaneous prints and sound pieces) will be shown in the gallery alongside a site responsive artwork made in the space. Opening event with live music/sound performance 4pm Saturday 24th June - free entry. hannahmmorris.co.uk soundcloud.com/owaingriffiths

Fun Day St.Dogmael's

Fun Day St.Dogmael's Saturday 24th June 2017 Location: St Dogmaels Memorial Hall

A fun filled day for everyone on the school playing field in St Dogmaels

  • Stalls
  • Music
  • Entertainment
  • Refreshments
Children's Inflatable Play Area with range of giant inflatables £3 All proceeds go to the Memorial Hall Fund

International Ceramics Festival

International Ceramics Festival Friday 30th June 2017 - Sunday 2nd July Location: Aberystwyth Arts Centre

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.

July 2017

Pembrokeshire Fish Week Festival

Pembrokeshire Fish Week Festival Saturday 24th June 2017 - Sunday 2nd July Location: Pembrokeshire

Listed as the UK's No1 Food Festival 2013 by The Independent, Pembrokeshire Fish Week is taking place between the 24th June and 2nd July Full details here: www.pembrokeshirefishweek.co.uk

Trails by Hannah Morris & Owain Griffiths

Trails by Hannah Morris & Owain Griffiths Saturday 24th June 2017 - Sunday 6th August Location: Oriel Mwldan

Through Trails/Olion Morris and Griffiths explore ideas of travel and leisure, looking in particular at the way in which we respond to and interact with landscapes. Following a tour of Youth Hostels in England and Wales the duo's artistic responses (including spontaneous prints and sound pieces) will be shown in the gallery alongside a site responsive artwork made in the space. Opening event with live music/sound performance 4pm Saturday 24th June - free entry. hannahmmorris.co.uk soundcloud.com/owaingriffiths

International Ceramics Festival

International Ceramics Festival Friday 30th June 2017 - Sunday 2nd July Location: Aberystwyth Arts Centre

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.

Gwyl Nol a Mlan 2017 Festival

Gwyl Nol a Mlan 2017 Festival Friday 7th July 2017 - Saturday 8th July Location: Llangrannog

A festival for everyone of all ages in one of Wales’ prettiest seaside village, Llangrannog! The 2017 festival will be held in the evening of Friday the 7th of July and all day on Saturday the 8th, and once again this year the festival is free of charge!

Tivy Side Show

Tivy Side Show Saturday 8th July 2017 Location: Newcastle Emlyn

Located on the outskirts of Newcastle Emlyn on the fertile land of Esgairnewydd fields (with thanks to the Evans family), it’s a fabulous location for exhibitors, on lookers and visitors. Hundreds upon hundreds of people visit the showground annually at the beginning of July. Every year, the show develops and changes due to demand. She is also a modern show that appeals to the young and the experienced exhibitors amongst us. From Shetland Ponies to Sport Horses and Hunters, there are classes for everyone. The trade stands attract a huge crowd and the dog section is always popular. Come and see the cattle, pigs and sheep, before visiting the craft and cookery tent – there’s something to amuse everyone

Aberaeron Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival

Aberaeron Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival Sunday 9th July 2017 Location: Aberaeron Harbour

20th Anniversary 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

Lampeter Food Festival

Lampeter Food Festival Saturday 29th July 2017 Location: Lampeter

Cookery Demonstrations and Entertainment at Lampeter University Campus. Starts at 10am.

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.