Activities and Adventure along The Coastal Way
This itinerary includes some of the main activity and adventure stops along the The Coastal Way. The itinerary is designed for you to include and exclude some trips and days to make it work for your clients.
Start The Coastal Way adventure in Pembrokeshire, UK’s only Coastal National Park, with an action packed day of activity with TYF, or Preseli Venture. They offer a wide range of activities including coasteering which was invented in Wales, sea kayaking, surfing, paddleboarding and more. Celtic Quest Coasteering offer coasteering adventures only.
Overnight: St Davids
Walk a section of the Ceredigion Coast Path, a 4.8 mile (7.7km) walk from Aberporth to Llangrannog (moderate/hard) or if your clients prefer they can choose a shorter section 2 miles (3.2km) from Aberporth to Tresaith (easy/moderate). The route information including downloadable maps can be found on the website.
Your next stop is the harbour town of New Quay where your clients can enjoy dolphin spotting boat trips. There’s a one hour trip to Cwmtudu and a 2 hour trip to Ynys Lochtyn, one of the key feeding areas for dolphins. It’s not just dolphins you can encounter but porpoises, atlantic grey seals and various bird species such as guillemots, razorbills and puffins.
Overnight: Aberaeron or Aberystwyth
Take the Vale of Rheidol Railway from Aberystwyth to Devil’s Bridge on a 11 mile (17.7 km) one hour journey taking in spectacular views of the wooded Rheidol Valley. Refreshments are available at the Aberystwyth Station shop The Two Hoots Café at Devil’s Bridge.
At Devil’s Bridge Falls there are two walks to choose providing an opportunity to see the cascading waterfalls of the River Mynach. The Nature Trail, Waterfalls and 3 Bridges walk takes around 45 minutes with a climb of 675 steep stone steps. An easier walk is the Punchbowl and 3 Bridges which takes around 10 minutes with 300 slate steps.
Enroute to the overnight accommodation, stop off at the Dyfi Osprey Project near Machynlleth, it’s home to these birds of prey around April to September (although dates aren’t precise!).
(NB if your clients stay overnight in Aberystwyth, they can visit enroute on day 4).
Overnight: Aberystwyth / Machynlleth / Dolgellau
The 9.5 miles (15km) Mawddach Trail is a traffic free trail following the former railway line between Dolgellau and Barmouth. The views are stunning across the valley in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park and the route takes cyclists over the wooden railway bridge at the mouth of the Mawddach Estuary into Barmouth. There are bike rental shops in Dolgellau.
Longer rides are available for the more adventurous. The Mawddach Trail links the final section of the South Snowdonia Greenway, a 43 km route beginning at Llyn Trawsfynydd cycling though through moorlands and forests in South Snowdonia.
Alternatively, golf enthusiasts can play a round of golf at Royal St David’s Golf Club near Harlech. This world renowned links course lies between the sand dunes and the rocky outcrop dominated by 13th Century Harlech Castle. The course has challenged golfers both amateur and professional alike.
Overnight: Harlech or Abersoch
Abersoch’s weather makes it the perfect place to try the sport of Wakeboarding – it has become a popular sport here in recent years. There are many other water based sports your clients can try including sailing and surfing that are popular and centres around the main beach area.