Shorter Walks

The first three walks below are easy to identify from the Rights of Way shown on Ordnance Survey Explorer maps of the area.

  • The cliff top path from Aberystwyth northwards to Borth (see the Victorian funicular railway and Camera Obscura on Constitution Hill) returning by bus or train.
  • The cliff top path south from Aberystwyth can be taken either to Llanrhystud or Llanon from where there are frequent buses back to Aberystwyth.
  • From Aberystwyth Promenade, over the golf course and through Cwm Woods to Clarach, returning via the cliff top and Constitution Hill.
  • Parc Natur Penglais. This is a Local Nature Reserve which can be readily accessed from a footpath opposite the Coopers Inn at the bottom of Penglais Hill in Aberystwyth. A leaflet is available from the Tourist Office. Parc Natur Penglais immediately adjoins the golf course path referred to above.
  • Pen Dinas – a hill on the south side of the town – is an impressive Iron Age Hill Fort also noted for its prominent monument commemorating the Battle of Waterloo. Much of this area is now a Local Nature Reserve.  Leaflet available from Tourist Office.
  • Forestry Commission (now part of Natural Resoures Wales) walks and self-guided orienteering leaflet are available at the FC’s newly refurbished Visitor Centre at Nantyarian (about 12 miles east of Aberystwyth on the A44).
  • The Arch (a historic structure a mile or so east of Devil’s Bridge).  There are many walks from the Forestry Commission (NRW) car park – on the north side of the road through mainly forested areas, or on the south side is the Pwllpeiran Trail (a walking route provided by ADAS).
  • Rheidol Valley. Most paths in Cwm Rheidol (Rheidol Valley) are now in good condition following a programme of works by the Council and the Ramblers’ Volunteers.  There is a new book by Maurice Kylel showing how these can be accessed by narrow gauge rail.
  • Hafod Estate.  Hafod was developed as a picturesque landscape around 1800, and its walks are being restored

Other good centres are the RSPB reserve at Ynyshir (between Aberystwyth and Machynlleth); the Nature Trail at Ynyslas (due north of Borth); the Organic Farm Trail at Dolybont (just off the minor road between Aberystwyth and Borth – this is the original source of Rachel’s Organic Yogurt which is well-known all over the country); and the Cwm Rheidol Nature Trail (at the power station in the Rheidol Valley).