The walk from Borth to Aberystwyth is a short one measuring just six miles, but it’s spectacular. It’s a proper coastal walk with clifftop walks all the way to Aberystwyth. It follows the former Ceredigion Coast Path.
The first three miles from Borth are incredibly strenuous. But the beautiful views will keep you going. From there, the path gets easier and ends up with an easy finish on the last mile to Aberystwyth.
Borth to Clarach
The first stretch of the walk begins at Borth, heading south to Clarach. If the tide is low, you might be lucky enough to see the remains of the sunken forest, sometimes called the Welsh Atlantis.
The Ceredigion coast will take you through some of the best coastal walks in the region. You will climb over the high cliffs of Craig y Delyn then descend to Wallog. Here you’ll be greeted by the remains of Saryn Gynfelyn – a glacial moraine that is thought to have been the causeway to Cantre r Gwaelod at some point. The moraine, which appears as a stony causeway, is 20 metres wide and stretches towards Ireland for over 11Km.
The best time to see it is during a low tide. If you get a chance to see it, you will understand why the locals believe this.
The path beyond Wallog is still dramatic. But the cliffs are lower and more unstable. The path takes a slight detour, but the impressive drops of water below are still visible. As you get closer to Clarach, the walk becomes moderate but extremely enjoyable. It’s filled with unique rock formations, bedding planes at the foot of the cliffs clear at a low tide and twisted strata.
This opens up to the breath-taking little bay at Clarach. It appears suddenly after a few miles of isolation. It was once a pretty beach. But now, it’s filled with caravans and amusement rides.
Clarach to Aberystwyth
The next phase of your walk takes you from Clarach to your destination – Aberystwyth. From Wall, you will take a short walk into the holiday village of Clarach.
This miniature seaside resort has all the amenities for passers-by. After the strenuous climbs of the just concluded phase, you deserve to take a break and get some refreshments. Usually, you will have other walkers join you for the rest of the walk because of the short distance and the well-maintained paths.
Although the final leg from this seaside resort village is short, it has one final pull up over the Constitution Hill – Originally Craig Glais into Aberystwyth.
The summit of the hill has the Camera Obscura, a must-visit because it is one of the largest of its kind in the world. In case you didn’t stop in Clarach for refreshments, there’s a café here where you can refill.
The Aberystwyth Cliff Railway ferries people up and down the summit, so expect lots of traffic when you get here.
Completing the walk is a short, steep, and exhilarating descent down to the beach that takes you into Aberystwyth to complete this section of the walk.
Time: 3 hours
Because of the scenic route and the stopover at Clarach, it might take longer than three hours to complete the walk.
There are plenty of facilities throughout the route. These include shops, pubs and cafes in Borth and Aberystwyth. At Clarach, you will also find more cafés, convenience stores and pubs with an additional café at the top of Constitutional Hill.
The Cambrian Line serves Machynlleth, Borth and on to Aberystwyth. There’s also the Aberystwyth Line that takes tourists to the peak of Constitutional Hill.