If you’re looking for the very best walks in Aberystwyth, you’ve come to the right place. There are so many reasons why this lovely little seaside town is considered one of the most beautiful locations in Wales. It boasts a stunning location, with views of both the sea and mountains, making it the perfect setting for a walking holiday.
With so much scenery to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to begin exploring. We’ve put together this helpful guide on the best walks in and around Aberystwyth (in our humble opinion), so you have everything you need to get the most out of your visit. Whether you’re coming as a family,with friends, or on your own; we’ve got you covered with these stunning walks.
#1 – Aberystwyth Loop to Constitution Hill – 5.6km length
This 5.6km loop will take you up to the top of Constitution Hill, from which you will be able to enjoy the perfect vantage point to watch the Welsh sun setting in the evening. Don’t worry – the hill isn’t very steep, and you’ll only have to suffer about 200m of elevation gain. Most of the trail is relatively flat and smooth, meaning we can recommend it for all ages and fitness levels. It starts directly from Aberystwyth’s north beach, and loops around the north of Aberystwyth. If you visit in spring, you’ll be able to enjoy the local wildflowers in bloom.
#2 – Ceredigion Cost Path: Aberystwyth to Ynyslas – 15.9km length
This 15.9km walk forms part of the breath-taking Ceredigion path and connects Aberystwyth to the small village of Ynyslas. Home to the largest sand dunes in Ceredigion, upon arriving in Ynyslas you’ll be rewarded with some of the most awe-inspiring beaches and coastal views in all of Wales. We’d say the route is moderately challenging and will probably take you just under four hours to complete.
#3 – Llwybr Ystwyth and Lon Cambria - 28km length
This 28km out and back hike forms part of a larger 113 mile cycle route that runs from Aberystwyth all the way to Shrewsbury. Primarily intended for cycling, the route has become very popular amongst hikers in recent years – owing to the spectacular and varied scenery on offer. The terrain is very easy – mostly flat and smooth surfaces. If you like hiking but want to avoid the obligatory climbs associated with some of the coastal walks, this trek is perfect for you.
#4 – Pumlumon Fach Summit- 12.6km length
The most difficult hike featured so far, this 12.6 km out and back route will take youto the summit of Pumlumon: the tallest of the Cambrian mountains and the highest point in mid-Wales. The walk starts just east of Pontarfynach and is just a short drive from Aberystwyth.
With over 560m of elevation gain, we’d rate this route as difficult, and recommend it for intermediate fitness levels and above. Pick a clear day for the hike, and at the summit you’ll be rewarded with expansive views over the Cambrian mountains, stretching all the way to the coast.
#5 – Devil’s Bridge Circular - 1km length
This short walk takes you across Devil’s Bridge: an ancient stony bridge that overlooks a waterfall, extending down into a deep wooded gorge. The walk is mostly flat, and will take you through a beautiful estate that is meticulously looked after. You’ll also enjoy views of robbers’ cave. This is a great walk for children, allowing them to experience the stunning scenery and features Wales has to offer, without exhausting them.
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading about our picks for the best walks in Aberystwyth. To be able to enjoy these walks we know you’ll need a base of operations – so if you’re looking for places to stay in Aberystwyth, we’d recommend staying at Park Lodge Hotel. We’re perfectly located as a base to explore all the stunning scenery the county of Ceredigion has to offer. With an in-house restaurant serving delicious, locally sourced food, we think it’s the perfect place torest and refuel between hikes.