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Ceredigion & The Pembrokeshire Coast

As well as the natural beauty of West Wales, history accompanies you. Smugglers' coves, Stone Age forts and early Christian communities dot the landscape.

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  • Wales

  • 5 nights
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Moderate

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Tour codes: 73905

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Our holiday walking grades

Moderate

Grade 6

Full day walks with appreciable amounts of ascent and descent.

These walks are in more remote areas such as Andorra or northern Portugal.

Similar to Grade 5, but with most of the walks at the upper level of ascent/descent, time and distance.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Admire great Welsh scenery, which takes some beating
  • Walk on and around the Cardigan and Pembrokeshire coasts
  • Fascinating views of the remote Preseli Mountains
  • Views from the hotel, across to Poppit Sands with possible grey seal sightings
  • Easy access to both the Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire Coast Paths from your hotel

Guided Walking Holidays - Ceredigion and the Pembrokeshire Coast

Walk on the most spectacular stretches of the Ceredigion Coast Path backed by the whitewashed cottages of a tiny coastal village. From the path cut into the cliffs, you can see seals and bottle-nosed dolphins breaking the surf.

You have easy access to both the Ceredigion and the more famous Pembrokeshire Coast Paths from your hotel, sitting above the mouth of the Teifi estuary, overlooking one of the UK’s great unspoilt beauty spots. Along the clifftop walks you pass through woods, moor and farmland. Walking south on the estuary path takes you through the pretty town of Cardigan and across St Dogmael’s Beach. North takes you out on the Irish Sea coast. Inland are the Preseli Mountains and the gentle scenery of the Teifi valley.

As well as the natural beauty of west Wales, history accompanies you. Smugglers’ coves, Stone Age forts and early Christian communities dot the landscape.

  • Half board en-suite accommodation.
  • Transport to and from the trailheads if necessary.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival Day

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Independent travel to The Cliff Hotel in Gwbert-on-Sea. Check in is from 3pm. Meet your tour leader at approximately 6.30pm in the hotel for a briefing before dinner. All of the evening meals are taken in the hotel restaurant. 

Day 2

Teifi Valley Walk

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    10 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    300m

This holiday includes four days of guided walking and is based at the termini of two first class walking routes: the newly opened Ceredigion Coastal Path and the Pembrokeshire Coast Path running through the linear Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Inland we can walk in the Preseli Mountains or explore the Teifi estuary. 

On the first full day, we will offer a leisurely walk along the Teifi estuary and river from the Cliff Hotel to Cardigan town, then on to Cilgerran. We return by a different route to Cardigan. Highlights include sweeping views of the Teifi estuary, a short tour of historic Cardigan town, a walk in the Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve and picturesque Teifi gorge, and a chance to visit Cilgerran Castle (much loved by artists). Our progress up the river will be punctuated with stops at the Teifi Marshes visitor centre (stop for coffee) and the idyllic riverside at Cilgerran (stop for lunch).

Day 3

Newport (Pembs.) to Cwm yr Eglws

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    12 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    540m

Today's walk is a moderate, high-level moorland walk, returning to Newport via the Pembrokeshire coast path. Expect panoramic views of Newport town, the surrounding coastline and Preseli hills, ancient settlements and remains, a lunch stop at peaceful Cwm yr Eglws (with its perfect little bay and ruined church), and a relaxing cafe terrace to take tea at the end. This walk offers classic moorland and coast path scenery, with some enjoyable stops along the way.

Day 4

Cardigan Coast Path: Cwmtydu to Aberporth

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    10.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    520m

This is a beautiful section of the coast path, with some picturesque villages en route. From little Cwmtydu, we walk (only in calm weather) some of the highest cliffs of this coastline, yielding impressive views of Cardigan Bay. Moving south, we encounter an iron-age fort, a giant’s tooth(!), pretty seaside villages, a waterfall, the occasional dolphin, and ever-changing views. The series of ascents on this walk makes it more testing, but very worthwhile as it offers stunning views of the west coast of Wales.

Day 5

Coast Path and farmland: Moylgrove to St Dogmaels

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Distance

    10 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    550m

There will be spectacular coastal scenery followed by a gentler inland walk to St Dogmaels on your final walking day. This walk includes a quiet woodland section, cliffs with striking geological features, Cemaes Head (great for a lunch stop, often with seals down below), pleasant undulating farmland, a ruined chapel, and a chance to explore historic St Dogmaels and take tea beside the abbey ruins. Today, the coastal scenery and farmland feel even more remote and unspoiled. This walk has one lengthy ascent on the coast path and finishes in another place of great historic interest.

Day 6

Departure Day

Meals

Breakfast

Independent departure from the hotel after breakfast. Check out is by 10.30am. We hope you have enjoyed your holiday and we look forward to welcoming you on another soon. 

Departure dates for your selected tour

20th Apr 2020 - 25th Apr 2020 (5 Nights)

18th May 2020 - 23rd May 2020 (5 Nights)

15th Jun 2020 - 20th Jun 2020 (5 Nights)

20th Jul 2020 - 25th Jul 2020 (5 Nights)

Travel Details

Transport to and from the trailheads, if necessary, is included.

Nearest mainline railway station: Carmarthen (30 miles)

Nearest bus station: Cardigan (3 miles)

The taxi fare from:

  • Carmarthen to the Cliff Hotel can cost about £55
  • Cardigan to the Cliff Hotel can cost as much as £75.
It needing a taxi, we strongly recommend that you contact Robin's Taxis for a quote and prebook (Tel: 01239 612190)

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each nights' accommodation for each departure date.

The Cliff Hotel & Spa

The Cliff Hotel is a welcoming three-star hotel spectacularly located on a rugged headland with magnificent views over Cardigan Bay. You will be well catered for, with three restaurants, two bars, a lounge, sea-view terrace and conservatory. The 19th century building has been regularly added to over the years and has recently been refurbished and redecorated. It includes a modern spa suite available to hotel guests free of charge with a range of spa treatments available at additional cost.

The hotel also has its own adjacent nine hole golf course. After dinner you can stroll in the hotel’s grounds, enjoy the fascinating views across to the Poppit Sands and look out for local surfers and grey seals.
The en-suite rooms do vary considerably in layout and size but all are comfortably furnished.

Accommodation is on a half board basis with buffet breakfasts and dinners taken at the hotel. Picnic lunches are not included.

Free Wi-Fi is available in the rooms.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This is a Grade 6 moderate holiday which includes full day walks with appreciable amounts of ascent and descent with walks in some remote areas. The paths are mostly good, but there may be some steep and rough ground and walking close to the coast. Some parts would be problematic if you suffer with severe vertigo. Walks will be across moorland and coastal walks with some inland sections.

Walks will be between 10 and 12 miles. Whilst the highest point reached is only 350m, the undulating terrain means that the cumulative ascent and descent on a couple of days will be around 700m.

Walks & Excursions

This holiday is based at the termini of two first-class walking routes: the newly opened Ceredigion Coastal Path and the Pembrokeshire Coast Path running through the linear Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Inland we can walk in the Preseli Mountains or explore the Teifi estuary.

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Optional Excursions

A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Tipping

Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.

Your Travel Details

To reach the hotel…

By car: From J49 of the M4 take A48 to Carmarthen. Reaching Carmarthen, at 1st roundabout take 3rd exit to Cardigan. Continue straight over the next roundabout, and after about 1 mile, take the first exit at the roundabout signposted ‘Cardigan 600 yards’. At the roundabout signposted ‘Hospital & Cardigan’ take the first exit. After about 500 yards take 2nd exit at a mini roundabout and continue on this road until you reach Cardigan. Reaching Cardigan, at the first roundabout take 3rd exit signposted Aberystwyth. Continue for half a mile. Turn left past Tesco. After about 800 yards turn right, signposted Gwbert. Follow road for about 3 miles to the hotel.

By rail: The nearest railway station is Fishguard Goodwick, about 22 miles from Gwbert or Carmarthen, about 34 miles. Taxis are readily available at the train stations however we strongly advise you to pre-book a taxi to the hotel, which may cost in the region of £55 each way. Picking up a taxi from the train station to Cardigan may cost you in excess of £75 if you do not pre-book. Please contact Robins Taxis for a quote (Tel: 01239 612 190).

UK rail information: www.nationalrail.co.uk 

By coach: The nearest bus stations are at Carmarthen and Fishguard. From Carmarthen Bus Station, service No. 460/461 operates to Cardigan Finch Square. From Fishguard, bus No. 412 runs hourly to Cardigan Finch Square.

UK coach information: www.nationalexpress.co.uk 

The AA and RAC both offer free and detailed on-line route planning facilities on their websites which may help you find our hotels. Details can be found at: www.theaa.com and www.rac.co.uk 

You may also wish to look at the following website for advice on the best way to travel to the accommodation: www.rome2rio.com 

Meeting your tour leader and fellow walkers: Please check the time of dinner on arrival (approximately 7pm) at the hotel and aim to be in the hotel lobby half an hour before dinner for an introduction to your Ramblers Walking Holidays tour leader, an outline of the planned programme for your holiday and the chance to meet your walking companions.

Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passports and Visas

Passport Information for United Kingdom

Any non UK or EU citizens may be subject to passport, identity card or visa requirements to enter the United Kingdom.

Meals

Accommodation is on a half board basis with buffet breakfasts and dinners taken at the hotel. Picnic lunches are not included.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks. 

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

National Trust & English Heritage

If you’re a member of either of these organisations don’t forget to bring your membership cards as this holiday may include sites relevant to these memberships or you may wish to visit any local sites on a free day should they be nearby.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Holiday booking confirmation document
  • Travel insurance details (if applicable)
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

Our intended walks are covered by the following maps, however as our centre is at the edge of several adjoining maps you may wish to obtain maps locally:

OS Explorer 1:25 000 OL35 North Pembrokeshire
OS Explorer 1:25 000 198 Cardigan & New Quay

The Map Shop

Maps and guidebooks relating to your the areas you will be walking in may be brought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

Health Advice for United Kingdom

No compulsory immunisations are required for holidays in the UK although you should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended for life in Britain. Tetanus immunisation is recommended.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

Although not compulsory for British and EU citizens resident in the UK, we strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance to cover you in the event of eventualities such as unexpected cancellation, accident or illness before your holiday or the loss of personal possessions.

Visitors who are not British Citizens (or who are not EU citizens resident in the UK), must be adequately insured to join our holidays and will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.

Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.

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