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

6 to 10 nights
74 miles
Moderate to Demanding
2nd January to 24th December

From £755 per person

Ceredigion Coast Path

Book your walking holiday along the full Ceredigion Coast Path. This holiday option takes in the whole Ceredigion coastline, from Machynlleth to St Dogmaels, through 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 on this leg of the Wales Coast Path.

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.

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
CDGP1 From Machynlleth(L) to St Dogmaels(L) 6 nights, 5 days walking Demanding £755
CDGP2 From Machynlleth(L) to St Dogmaels(L) 7 nights, 6 days walking Moderate / Demanding £870
CDGP3 From Machynlleth(L) to St Dogmaels(L) 8 nights, 7 days walking Moderate £990
CDGP4 From Machynlleth(L) to St Dogmaels(L) 9 nights, 8 days walking Moderate £1105
CDGP5 From Machynlleth(L) to St Dogmaels(L) 10 nights, 9 days walking Moderate £1225

Ceredigion Coast Path 6 nights, 5 days walking

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

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)

Day 3

Llanrhystud(L) 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)

Finish

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
Standard
Interactive
© 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.

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)
£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: 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(L)
End of holiday: St Dogmaels(L)

Route Profile

Ceredigion Coast Path 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, 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 (only Monday to Saturday from 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 bus (Monday to Saturday only) or a taxi from St Dogmaels to Aberystwyth, from where another bus or train will take you to Machynlleth.

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.
"Towards Mwnt" by Helen Anderson (2022) "Towards Mwnt" by Helen Anderson (2022)
"Appreciating the View of Cardigan Bay" by Helen Anderson (2022) "Appreciating the View of Cardigan Bay" by Helen Anderson (2022)
"Rain Clouds over New Quay" by Helen Anderson (2022) "Rain Clouds over New Quay" by Helen Anderson (2022)
"Reflections of Aberaeron" by Helen Anderson (2022) "Reflections of Aberaeron" by Helen Anderson (2022)
"Day One on the Path" by Simon and Clare Parker (2021) "Day One on the Path" by Simon and Clare Parker (2021)
"Between Aberystwyth and Llanrhystyd" by Simon and Clare Parker (2021) "Between Aberystwyth and Llanrhystyd" by Simon and Clare Parker (2021)
"Signpost and Church at Mwnt" by Simon and Clare Parker (2021) "Signpost and Church at Mwnt" by Simon and Clare Parker (2021)
"Ceramic Tile in Aberaeron" by John Hooley (2021) "Ceramic Tile in Aberaeron" by John Hooley (2021)
"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)

Customer reviews from the Ceredigion Coast Path

“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
“Another very successful holiday - thank you. I always enjoy my Contours holidays.”
Mr Duthoit, 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
“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
“Good organized. Luggage transport perfect.”
Mr Winkler, Germany
“Well organised. All went to plan.”
Mr Collins, 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
“Walking was fine; excellent scenery, weather wet at end, but your arrangements worked perfectly with good accommodation throughout.”
Mr Tebbs, UK
“We had an excellent holiday, all bed and breakfasts we stayed in were very good. Amazing scenery and lovely part of the country!”
Mrs Parker, UK
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