The 60 mile walk of the Ceredigion Coast Path provides a stunning section of the Wales Coast Path in this 2016 Year of Adventure for Wales, and now a challenge has been launched, inviting hikers to walk its full length and enjoy the stunning Ceredigion coastline and rugged Cardigan Bay to the full.
Rhian Jones, Ceredigion Coastal Business Development Officer explains: "Walking the 60 miles from Cardigan to Ynyslas is a challenge in itself, but we are also asking people to answer six questions along the way to receive a free personalised certificate. This would definitely be in my list of the top 5 'must dos' for visitors to Ceredigion and Wales and, of course, for locals."
Highlights along the Ceredigion Coast Path Challenge include award winning family beaches at New Quay and Llangrannog, secluded coves and marine wildlife, the stylish Georgian harbour town of Aberaeron, Aberystwyth and its mile long prom, historic Cardigan and picturesque sites like the 14th century church in Mwnt.
Much of the Ceredigion coastline is designated Heritage Coast and the Special Areas of Conservation are havens for wildlife. Walkers will be able to see wildlife at all times of the year from rare chough along the coastal cliffs and seabirds like guillemots during the spring and summer, as well as the spectacular starling murmuration around Aberystwyth Pier in the autumn and winter.
The crescent Cardigan Bay stretch of the Welsh coastline, one of Britain's most popular coastal walks, runs from the Dyfi National Nature Reserve at Ynyslas, to the Teifi Estuary at Cardigan, and its many features include seals, porpoises and the Bay's semi-resident bottlenose dolphin population of up to 300, one of only two of its kind in the UK.
The Ceredigion Coast Path can be easily broken up into seven sections for perfect week away. Starting at the southern edge, the itinerary would be:
- Cardigan to Aberporth
- Aberporth to Llangrannog
- Llangrannog to New Quay
- New Quay to Aberaeron, a favourite route of the iconic poet Dylan Thomas
- Aberaeron to Llanrhystud, passing the remains of medieval fish traps
- Llanrhystud to Aberystwyth
- Aberystwyth to Borth/Ynys Las, including the largest Camera Obscura in the world
A designated Year of Adventure has been set up by Visit Wales to attract more visitors to Wales this year. Local adventures range from discovering the landscapes of TV's Hinterland, to the distinctive charms of the UNESCO-recognised Dyfi Biosphere, the unspoiled and quirky pursuits of the Cambrian Mountains, and the stargazing potential of the northern reaches of Powys - and that is just the start!
The Ceredigion Coast Path Challenge is a Ceredigion County Council Tourism initiative funded by the Coastal Communities Fund. This two year initiative aims to raise the profile of the Ceredigion coastline as a place to visit throughout the year. Further details on the challenge can be found at Ceredigion Tourist Information Centres and on www.discoverceredigion.wales or contact Rhian Jones by email on Rhian.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01545 572459.
Welsh Government has supported the four mid and west Wales destinations, Ceredigion, Dyfi Biosphere, Cambrian Mountains, and mid and north Powys, through the Visit Wales Regional Tourism Engagement Fund (RTEF). This fund was established to help destinations across Wales to promote and develop the tourism offer, encouraging more people to visit Wales.
The national campaign is the latest move to make Wales a leading global destination for adventure tourism as part of the Welsh Government's Year of Adventure 2016. The tourism industry in Wales saw record growth in 2014 and reports from 2015 are showing further growth. The Year of Adventure has got off to a great start with Wales and its attractionsbeen listed by an unprecedented number of global media outlets - from Rough Guide to Lonely Planet to Forbes - as a must-see place to visit in 2016. The national campaign is using the hash tags #FindYourEpic #GwladGwlad and #WalesAdventure #AnturCymru to encourage visitors to share their experiences online.