Ceredigion Coast Path

Ceredigion Coast Path

A walking holiday along Ceredigion's portion of the Wales Coast Path, from Machynlleth to St Dogmaels.

3 to 10 nights
32-74 miles
Easy / Moderate to Demanding

From £370 per person

Find your holiday

About the trail

Bottle-nosed dolphins and grey seals are common sights on this shoreline and clifftop walk along the Ceredigion coastline. Sweeping from Machynlleth on woodland tracks and farmland pathways bordering the Dyfi, the Ceredigion Coast Path takes in far-reaching views of the Tarren Hills before joining the coastline and striking south around Cardigan Bay.

Undulating, high-level sections of the walk promise gorgeous seaside views, while miles of beach walking let you get right down to the surf. This is a particularly vibrant and friendly section of the Wales Coast Path, too, as it wends between welcoming coastal towns such as Aberystwyth, Llanrhystud, and Aberaeron.

We offer multiple holiday options along this trail. If you wish to experience the entire trail, simply select the first option from the list below.

Choose your route

  • Ceredigion Coast Path
  • Ceredigion Coast Path - South Section
  • Ceredigion Coast Path - North Section

About this route

3 to 4 nights
32 miles
Moderate to Demanding
2nd January to 24th December

From £370 per person

Ceredigion Coast Path - North Section

The northern half of the Ceredigion Coast Path takes in wide views across the estuary. You'll rise and fall with the lower flanks of the Dyfi hills on the walk out to Borth, where the famous submerged forest – and the wide expanse of the sea – awaits.

This scenic section of the Wales Coast Path clambers multiple high cliffs to award far-reaching panoramas, with a perfect picnic stop waiting at Constitution Hill. A forgotten stretch of sandy coastline then brings this wonderful walk to its conclusion in Llanrhystud.

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
CDGPN1 From Machynlleth(L) to Llanrhystud(L) 3 nights, 2 days walking Demanding £370
CDGPN2 From Machynlleth(L) to Llanrhystud(L) 4 nights, 3 days walking Moderate £490

Ceredigion Coast Path - North Section 3 nights, 2 days walking

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather
  • Holiday Highlights

Important information

This tour is available to book all year, however out of season from November to March, there may be a small supplement for luggage moves, which will be moved by taxi rather than the usual luggage courier. 


Travel to Machynlleth(L) where your first night's accommodation will be booked

Day 1

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

Day 2

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


Depart from Llanrhystud(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 in most cases; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard if practical. A very limited number of stops will require you to travel on foot up to two miles off the trail, however these instances will be clearly communicated to you if applicable.

Further transfers may also be required due to some accommodations having a two-night minimum booking policy, especially at weekends.

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
(please ring for prices)
Single Supplement
£60.00 per person / per night

Due to the high costs incurred by booking a Solo Traveller on this trail, we can only provide prices on application. Please contact us for further details.

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

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Llanrhystud(L))
£75.00 per person / per night
© Contours Walking Holidays Ceredigion Coast Path - North Section map
Machynlleth to Llanrhystud
32 miles (51 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Discovering the secluded coves on the way to Borth.

Exploring the strange stumps of Borth’s submerged forest, protruding from the sand.

Enjoying the enormous views from Constitution Hill in Aberystwyth using the world’s largest Camera Obscura.

What's included?

  • 3 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)
£65.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Llanrhystud(L))
£75.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 31.5 miles (50.5 km)
Duration: 3 nights, 2 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 15 miles (24 km)
Maximum daily distance: 16.5 miles (26.5 km)
Code: CDGPN1 Grade: Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Machynlleth(L)
End of holiday: Llanrhystud(L)

Route Profile

Ceredigion Coast Path - North Section Route Profile

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, Birmingham, Liverpool John Lennon and Manchester.

By Rail

There is a rail station at the start of the trail (Machynlleth). The nearest rail station to the end of the trail (Llanrhystud) is at Aberystwyth (about 9 miles away).

By Bus

Various bus services run to Machynlleth. There is a bus service from Llanrhystud to Aberystwyth.

From London

Trains run from London Euston station to Machynlleth.

Return to Start

The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to take a bus/taxi from Llanrhystud to Aberystwyth, followed by a train/bus to Machynlleth (the second bus does not run on a Sunday), although a taxi would be quicker.

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.