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Ceredigion Coast Path

Ceredigion Coast Path

Follow the Ceredigion coast from Machynlleth in the north to St Dogmaels in the south.

6 to 10 nights
74 miles
Moderate to Demanding

From £555 per person

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About this route

This holiday option takes in the whole Ceredigion coastline from Machynlleth to St Dogmaels along 73 miles of stunning landscapes. Let woodland tracks draw you from Machynlleth to the undulating Ceredigion coastline, bordering Cardigan Bay, before meandering along imposing clifftops and sandy beaches.

With a variety of wildlife to spot, views to admire and coastal towns to explore, the Ceredigion Coast Path offers plenty of attractions to engage walkers of all tastes and interests.

© Contours Walking Holidays Ceredigion Coast Path map
Machynlleth to St Dogmaels
74 miles (118 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Exploring the coastline of Cardigan Bay, which boasts the highest number of dolphin sightings in the UK.

Visiting the remains of St Dogmaels Abbey, founded in 1120 by Tironian monks, and Cardigan’s 12th century castle.

Discovering secluded coves and gorgeous sandy beaches, such as Cwmtydu and Tresaith.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
CDGP1 From Machynlleth to St Dogmaels(L) 6 nights, 5 days walking Demanding£555
CDGP2 From Machynlleth to St Dogmaels(L) 7 nights, 6 days walking Moderate / Demanding£650
CDGP3 From Machynlleth to St Dogmaels(L) 8 nights, 7 days walking Moderate£740
CDGP4 From Machynlleth to St Dogmaels(L) 9 nights, 8 days walking Moderate£835
CDGP5 From Machynlleth to St Dogmaels(L) 10 nights, 9 days walking Moderate£925

Ceredigion Coast Path 6 nights, 5 days walking

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  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Travel to Machynlleth where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Machynlleth to Borth(L). 15 miles (24km)

Day 2

Borth(L) to Llanrhystud. 16.5 miles (26.5km)

Day 3

Llanrhystud to New Quay. 14.5 miles (23km)

Day 4

New Quay to Aberporth(L). 13.5 miles (21.5km)

Day 5

Aberporth(L) to St Dogmaels(L). 14 miles (22.5km)


Depart from St Dogmaels(L) after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£45.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£35.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£50.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Llanrhystud)
£55.00 per person / per night
Extra night (St Dogmaels(L))
Price on request

What's included?

  • 6 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

A rest day can extend your holiday and let you soak in your surroundings at a particular spot.

Picturesque Machynlleth is a popular place to take one. Its wide main street is lined with brightly-painted shops, and it was here that Owain Glyndwr set up his government. His Parliament building hosts a museum dedicated to him. Plas Machynlleth, the 17th century mansion of the Marquess of Londonberry, houses Celtica, an exhibition of all things Celtic, while the Centre for Alternative Technology and the Wales Museum of Modern Art both promise a full day out.

The old fishing village of Borth, meanwhile, offers a wealth of things to see and do, from the Cors Goch Fochno peat bog and the sand dunes at Ynyslas, to the extraordinary stumps of ancient forests that emerge from the sand at low tide. With a sandy beach perfect for a day stretched out in the sun, this can be a relaxing rest day option.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£50.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Llanrhystud)
£55.00 per person / per night
Extra night (St Dogmaels(L))
Price on request

Tour Facts

Total distance: 73.5 miles (117.5 km)
Duration: 6 nights, 5 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 13.5 miles (21.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 16.5 miles (26.5 km)
Code: CDGP1 Grade: Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Machynlleth
End of holiday: St Dogmaels(L)

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Bristol, Cardiff, Liverpool John Lennon and Manchester.

By Rail - There is a rail station at the start of the trail (Machynlleth). The nearest rail stations to the end of the trail (St Dogmaels) are either Fishguard & Goodwick (about 20 miles away) or Carmarthen (about 30 miles away).

By Bus - Various bus services run to Machynlleth. There are bus services to both Fishguard & Goodwick and Carmarthen rail stations from St Dogmaels, but these are somewhat lengthly journeys, so a taxi would be the best option.

From London - Trains run from London Euston station to Machynlleth.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to take a taxi from St Dogmaels to Cardigan. From here, take a bus to Aberystwyth *, from where another bus or train will take you to Machynlleth.
* Two buses on a Sunday, so a taxi may be a better option.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

Routes on this trail

Ceredigion Coast Path - North Section
3 to 4 nights
32 miles
From £280 per person
A self-guided walk along the Ceredigion section of the Wales Coast Path, from Machynlleth to Llanrhystud.Find Out More
Ceredigion Coast Path - South Section
4 to 7 nights
42 miles
Easy / Moderate+
From £370 per person
A walk along the southern half of the Ceredigion Coast Path, from Llanrhystud to St Dogmaels.Find Out More

Customer reviews from the Ceredigion Coast Path

“Wonderful holiday, great walking through remote and beautiful coastal scenery. All accommodation was good, and the arrangements - including luggage transfer - were smooth and efficient. All the information we were sent was clear and correct.”
Prof Browning, UK
“The Ceredigion Coast is really beautiful but somehow unsung. I thoroughly enjoyed the walk and am most grateful to Contours for your excellent organisation and attention to details. I hope that I shall still have the legs and the puff for further exploration of the Wales Coast Path with Contours next year.”
Mr Frostick, UK
“Great scenery, tough walking but coastal walking always great! Sunny weather throughout and we saw a pod of 5 dolphins playing very close to the cliff where we were walking.”
Mrs Needham, UK
“Everything went very smoothly, thank you. We really appreciate the effort that you all put in to making it such a lovely experience. No hesitation at all in recommending you and I have used your company before, to walk the Saints Way and that was lovely too.”
Ms Gumm, UK
“I combined this with the northern section of the Pembrokeshire Coast to make a fabulous 10-day walk from Borth to St David’s. The scenery is varied and stunning, the way marking is very good, and there’s lots of wildlife to see if you want to linger.”
Mr Julyan, UK
“Walking was fine; excellent scenery, weather wet at end, but your arrangements worked perfectly with good accommodation throughout.”
Mr Tebbs, UK
"Curious Cows" by Lesley Kenworthy (2019) "Curious Cows" by Lesley Kenworthy (2019)
"Coming into Borth" by Jane Kitchen (2016) "Coming into Borth" by Jane Kitchen (2016)
"Fingers in the Sea" by Jane Kitchen (2016) "Fingers in the Sea" by Jane Kitchen (2016)
"Mist as we leave New Quay" by Jane Kitchen (2016) "Mist as we leave New Quay" by Jane Kitchen (2016)
"Leaving Llanrhystud" by Jane Kitchen (2016) "Leaving Llanrhystud" by Jane Kitchen (2016)
"Between New Quay and Aberporth" by Jane Kitchen (2016) "Between New Quay and Aberporth" by Jane Kitchen (2016)