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

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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

4 to 7 nights
42 miles
Easy / Moderate to Moderate / Demanding
2nd January to 24th December

From £505 per person

Ceredigion Coast Path - South Section

The southern section of the Ceredigion Coast Path borders Cardigan Bay throughout its 41-mile journey, and crosses low-level cliffs with few of the stiff ascents of the northern half.

From this part of the trail, grey seals can often be spotted down in the caves that pock the rock face. Broad beaches frequently bring you close to the waves, while the extensive walls and arches of the ruined St Dogmaels Abbey provide an atmospheric glimpse back through history.

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
CDGPS1 From Llanrhystud(L) to St Dogmaels(L) 4 nights, 3 days walking Moderate / Demanding £505
CDGPS2 From Llanrhystud(L) to St Dogmaels(L) 5 nights, 4 days walking Moderate £625
CDGPS3 From Llanrhystud(L) to St Dogmaels(L) 6 nights, 5 days walking Moderate £750
CDGPS4 From Llanrhystud(L) to St Dogmaels(L) 7 nights, 6 days walking Easy / Moderate £865

Ceredigion Coast Path - South Section 4 nights, 3 days walking

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

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

Day 1

Llanrhystud(L) to New Quay. 14.5 miles (23km)

Day 2

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

Day 3

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 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
Extra night (St Dogmaels(L))
£90.00 per person / per night
© Contours Walking Holidays Ceredigion Coast Path - South Section map
Llanrhystud to St Dogmaels
42 miles (67 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Experiencing the peace and tranquillity on the walk from Llanrhystud.

Admiring the far-reaching views over Cardigan Bay and the Preseli Hills.

The abundance of plant and animal life, including dolphins, Red Kites and wild ponies in the countryside surrounding Cardigan Bay.

What's included?

  • 4 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

If a relaxing day on a sandy beach is tempting, consider booking an extra night at Llanrhystud. New Quay offers the opportunity to spot dolphins in Cardigan Bay. With its heritage and marine wildlife centres, as well as a nearby honey farm, there's plenty to see and do.

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
Extra night (St Dogmaels(L))
£90.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 42 miles (67 km)
Duration: 4 nights, 3 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 13.5 miles (21.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 14.5 miles (23 km)
Code: CDGPS1 Grade: Moderate / Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Llanrhystud(L)
End of holiday: St Dogmaels(L)

Route Profile

Ceredigion Coast Path - South 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 and Liverpool John Lennon.

By Rail

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

A bus runs to Llanrhystud from Aberystwyth, but can be rather infrequent at times, so a taxi may be required. There are bus services to both Fishguard & Goodwick and Carmarthen rail stations (only Monday to Saturday to Carmarthen) from St Dogmaels, but these are somewhat lengthly journeys, so a taxi would be the best option.

From London

Trains run from London Euston to Aberystwyth. From there a bus/taxi will be required to Llanrhystud.

Return to Start

The easiest way to return to the start of the trail, is to take the bus from St Dogmaels to Llanrhystud (Monday to Saturday only), but a taxi would be much quicker/essential on a Sunday.

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.

Customer reviews from the Ceredigion Coast Path - South Section

“Help from your staff was great! They gave very detailed answers to all my questions when I was setting up this trip, including looking up train and bus times.”
Ms Nettleton, USA
“We had a fantastic time. The hotel stays and food was wonderful. Thank you. It was lovely.”
Ms Church, USA
“Beautiful scenery and lovely views. I've recommended contours to quite a few friends. This is my 4th trip although you only have 2 recorded.”
Ms Smith, Canada
“Well organized by you and on top of that beautiful weather. No problems at all. We particularly appreciated that we had free parking at the golf club and could catch a bus back to the village on this linear walk. Glorious coastal walking and fabulous beaches for swimming in.”
Ms Thorpe, UK
“Brilliant and we were lucky with the weather. Wonderful scenery, great accommodation.”
Mr Piper, UK
“Navigation was easy, distances and degree of difficulty were within our capacity, accommodation was very adequate and the weather was fair. Very suitable for older folk like us. Poles highly recommended for some of the steeper bits.”
Mr Hill, Australia
“It was just what we needed. We enjoyed every minute including all the hills on day 3. I would definitely recommend this holiday to others, it was very well organised, all the hotels were fantastic especially the last 1. Looking at next year or the year after but will definitely book with you again.”
Mrs Callerghan, UK
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