Walk: Aberaeron to New Quay

Enjoy beautiful beaches, waterfalls and woodlands on this six-mile walk between two of the most colourful towns on the Welsh coast.

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Aberaeron Harbour (<em>Image: gettyimages)</em>

This six-mile walk covers a small section of the 870-mile coastal path, which opened in 2012. The walk begins at the beautiful Georgian town of Aberaeron – a rare example of one of the first towns to be planned in Wales. The walk ends at the picturesque town of New Quay, which features golden sandy beaches and is one of the best places to spot the dolphins along the Cardigan Bay.

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The route is marked and easy to follow, however you should keep in mind that the last stretch along Traethgwyn Beach (New Quay Bay) is impassable during high tide.

1. Aberaeron South Beach

Begin by picking up the coastal path route at the car park at Aberaeron South Beach, where you will climb gently before dropping into the first of three wooded valleys that cut down into the sea during the course of the walk. 

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A view of Aberaeron from the coastal path (<em>Image: gettyimages</em>)

2. Pont Y Gilfach

The second of these three valleys is located here at Pont Y Gilfach, where you will arrive after 1.5 miles. This point has a series of small waterfalls. Approaching this second point you will notice masses of bright yellow gorse alongside the path, from where you are able to see the coasts of Aberaeron and New Quay.

3. Cwm Buwch

The third valley, Cwm Buwch, also has a series of small yet impressive waterfalls. 

4. Llwynon

After this point, the path follows a line above the cliffs, before meeting a country lane at Llwynon. At Llwynon, take a right, then shortly afterwards a left. 

5. Traethgwyn Beach

This point will require a suitable tide, as in a high tide this part of the walk becomes unusable. Continue along the sweeping crescent of Traethgwyn Beach. Travelling along this beach towards New Quay, it is not uncommon to spot some dolphins.

6. New Quay

At this point, you will continue the last part of the walk on the road (Brongwyn Lane), where you will continue on to George Street, and turn right on to Glanmor Terrace. From here you will follow the road down to the town centre, where you will arrive at New Quay Harbour. 

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New Quay Harbour (<em>Image: gettyimages</em>)

You can return to Aberaeron via the T5, X50, 554 bus

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