There are lots of resources available about walking the Pembrokeshire Coast Path but it’s neighbour the Ceredigion Coastal Path is quieter and equally beautiful. Both paths form part of the new Wales Coast Path. The Pembrokeshire Coast Path finishes at Cardigan, the pretty county town of old Cardiganshire, now renamed by the more ancient name of Ceredigion. The Ceredigion Coast Path continues the Wales Coast Path north in 7 documented sections to Ynys-Las north of Aberystwyth.
Our adventure includes the first three documented sections of the Ceredigion Coast Path as far as New Quay, and we have changed the location of the first night’s break. This makes a more even daily mileage and allows you to walk to the door of the Piggery Poke Hostel for your first night.
There are plenty of hostels and bunkhouses in Ceredigion and we chose for our base for the whole trip, PIGGERY POKE 4 STAR HOSTEL, four-star self-catering accommodation in the old farmyard at Cardigan Coastal Cottages. At the hostel you can book a private bedroom for you and your group or book a bed in a shared room. All the rooms have en-suite showers and toilets. The shared, self-catering kitchen and lounge at the hostel is a great place to meet other walkers and chat about your day.
The key to the whole trip is the Cardi Bach coastal bus service operated by Green Dragon Buses. This runs twice a day along the coast from Cardigan to New Quay and twice a day it returns. Places on the bus can be booked in advance and the bus will collect you from any road in the coastal zone along the route. Perfect for walking the Wales Coast Path. Cardi Bach runs 6 days a week from May-Sept and 3 days a week in winter. Booking must be made before 12pm on the day before you wish to travel; phone 0845 686 0242 .
The first day starts from Piggery Poke. Book a request collection the morning before, from Piggery Poke track-end to Cardigan on the 12.28 pm bus. This is a late start to the day so I suggest a visit to this fascinating town the previous day, to avoid the temptation to stay and browse. Follow the path as instructed in Section 1 as far as the beautiful beach at Mwnt. Begin the last section from Mwnt to Aberporth but divert off the coast path where you see a signpost to Felinwynt. This is about 200 m before the outcrop of rocky headland called Pen-Peles. Follow the path inland. When you meet the road walk about 4 metres to your right to see a ruined watermill that most walkers miss. Returning to where you were walk east (this would have been left when you arrived here)along the road for about 250 metres to the bend in the road and then take the path straight on and follow for 1/4 mile until you reach Cardigan Coastal Cottages and Piggery Poke Hostel . You will need to follow your map for this section.
Piggery Poke Hostel
The next day’s walk starts direct from Piggery Poke Hostel, but there is no need to retrace your steps. Paul or Angela at the hostel will show you the path that loops to re-join the coast path just before Aberporth. From Aberporth follow the instructions in Section 2 along this remote section of the coast to the village of LLangrannog, a nine mile route. Llangrannog is a pretty seaside village ideal for a paddle, with two pubs and a café in case you need to while away some time waiting for the 16.54 pm bus back to Piggery Poke. Don’t forget to book your place on this bus the day before and to request Piggery Poke track-end as your drop-off.
The third day starts with a pre-booked collection from Piggery Poke lane end on the 9.26 am bus to Llangrannog. Follow the instruction on Section 3 to walk the 9 and a half miles to the lovely village of New Quay. Watch the time when looking at the stunning views on this section of the Wales Coast Path as you need to catch the 16.10pm bus from New Quay to Piggery Poke.
A stunning few days’ walk with a welcoming end to every day at the comfortable four-star Piggery Poke Hostel. Walk the Ceredigion Wales Coast Path.
All the bus times are quoted from the 2014 summer bus timetable. Please check the bus timetable for your travel dates before you make your plans.