As summer fades into a cooler, crisper season, Aberystwyth comes alive with the beauty of autumn. There's no better way to experience the season change than by taking a stroll through nature.
Aberystwyth town has the fortunate location of being close to many picturesque walks and here at Aberystwyth Park Lodge, we invite you to explore the best autumnal walks from the best hotel in Aberystwyth. We can provide you with a comfy bed in a well-equipped hotel room, with all the amenities you could need. Additionally, we believe we are home to one of the best Aberystwyth restaurants with our on-site Park Kitchen restaurant.
Begin your autumn adventure not far from our doorstep with a walk along the Aberystwyth Promenade. The promenade is one mile long, just by the town centre. Linking the North and South Aberystwyth beaches, and framed by Bath Rocks and the Pier, it's the perfect place to look at the views of Cardigan Bay.
Aberystwyth University Campus
Take a stroll through the Aberystwyth University campus, where the autumn trees will complement historic architecture. The main area of the campus, Penglais, is on Penglais Hill overlooking Aberystwyth town and Cardigan Bay. There are some different gardens, charming tree-lined paths, and three already-identified campus walks. The main campus hosts famous buildings like the Arts Centre, but there are other buildings outside of this campus like the Old College.
Ynyslas Nature Reserve
The eye-catching dunes of the Ynyslas Nature Reserve are midway between Machynlleth and Aberystwyth. The Reserve is made up of sandbanks, mudflats, and salt marshes as well as dunes and beaches. Be sure to keep an eye out for wildlife, including migratory birds, while you walk. The Visitor Centre on the reserve has a shop selling hot and cold drinks and snacks. It is also the start of some of the waymarked walking trails.
Parc Natur Penglais
Nestled on the outskirts of Aberystwyth, Penglais Woods offers a serene escape into the heart of nature. The Council introduced Local Nature Reserve to the woods and disused quarry in 1995. The woodland paths wind through a variety of tree species and is a route that takes just under an hour to complete.
The Rheidol Valley is home to the Rheidol Railway, where there are a whole host of different walking routes. You can either take a short drive up to a number of different stopping points in the valley. You can also purchase a ticket and ride the Rheidol Railway train from Aberystwyth to various stations where you can get off and complete walk. There are five walks of varying lengths on their Rheidol Railway website: some by the Rheidol River, gorges and over different bridges.
Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest Visitor Centre
Further east of Aberystwyth, the Nant yr Arian Forest Visitor Centre is a hidden gem for autumnal walks. Explore the tranquil lakeside paths, cycle, horse ride or orienteer! The area is well-known for having red kites soaring in the skies. This has resulted in the renowned daily feeding sessions the Visitor Centre does for the red kites.
Whether you prefer a leisurely stroll along the promenade, a hike through the woodlands, or checking out the sea views, Aberystwyth is the perfect place. Return to Aberystwyth Park Lodge after your day of outdoor exploration to relax and recharge. Park Lodge boasts free car parking, free Wi-Fi, an on-site hotel restaurant and more, making us the perfect Aberystwyth hotel for you.