Let the coast be your companion on the shores of Mid Wales

Uplifting and full of potential for adventure, perhaps the best part of planning a trip along the coastal path is the sheer variety of options, whether you’re in search of an adrenaline rush or a gentle stroll.

Try some of the walks between Llangrannog, the tiny beach village where composer Edward Elgar once holidayed, and New Quay. A route which will take you along one of the most eye-catching sections of the Ceredigion Coast Path.

Tresaith waterfall

The waterfall pouring down on to the beach at Tresaith beach in Ceredigion

A waterfall at Tresaith beach, Ceredigion by David Stephens
See the waterfall at Tresaith beach, created when glacial activity diverted the river Saith, and tread the all-weather cliff path between the villages of Tresaith itself and Aberporth, or the steep climb from there to Penbryn.

Starting at New Quay, the Dylan Thomas trail proves why the poet was so inspired by this spectacular scenery, from the Georgian town of Aberaeron to Llanerchaeron, the National Trust mansion built by John Nash during the late 18th century.

There are two beaches, South and North, in Aberaeron, leading on to a harbour where you can admire a sailing regatta or two during the course of the summer.

If you’re biking, take an easy ride through the Rheidol Cycleway, which leads to Devil's Bridge - a village named in disbelief that human hands could have built its towering mid-18th century bridge. The tranquil Rheidol Valley, a place of ancient mines, reservoirs, butterfly farms and the Silver Mountain Experience is also worth a visit, where you can take a family underground tour.

Take the scenic route

Vale of Rheidol

Vale of Rheidol, Ceredigion

The Vale of Rheidol steam railway runs between Aberystwyth (where you can saunter along the prom to the pier) and the bridge, and cycling heaven also lies on the easily accessible Ystwyth Trail between Aberystwyth and Tregaron, although this 21-mile stretch is also perfect for walkers and horse riding.

It runs along part of the Old Manchester and Milford Railway, and the old market town of Lampeter is a beauty spot which has lost little of its historic charm.

Many of the harbour towns offer tours with guides and boat trips from their shores, which might be the perfect way to see some of the menagerie of specimens off the Cardigan coast.

Head to the beach

Visitors enjoying the sunshine at Mwnt beach on Cardigan Bay in Mid Wales

Mwnt beach, Ceredigion by Paula J James
Sit on the sand at the National Trust's Mwnt Beach, in Cardigan Bay, for a glimpse of bottlenose dolphins. You can even head out in pursuit of them if you join one of the boat trips departing from the Marine Wildlife Centre, equipped with an underwater microphone allowing you to listen to the sounds they make while they swim.

Or pay a visit to Cardigan Island Coastal Farm Park, where you'll meet sheep, goats and Welsh mountain ponies, as well as porpoises and seals from the vantage point of the soaring cliffs over their watery home.

More information on Ceredigion

More information on the Wales Coast Path