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Ceredigion & the Pembrokeshire Coast

Incredible walks amidst the wilds of the west Wales Coast from Cardigan; the largest bay on the Welsh coast.

  • Wales

  • 5 nights
  • Half Board
  • Coast & Islands

    Landscape

  • Jun

    Sep

  • Average group size: 10-12

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Grade 6

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 all good, but there will be some sections of rough ground and some walking close to the coast. Short sections could be problematic if you suffer with severe vertigo. Walks will be across moorland and coastal walks with some inland sections.

Walks will be between 9 and 13.5 miles. Whilst the highest point reached is only 120m, the undulating terrain means that both the cumulative ascent and descent on a couple of days will be in excess of 500m.

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Thoughtfully designed, meticulously planned, carefully graded, and expertly guided walking tours and hiking holidays along well-loved and off-the-beaten-track footpaths.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Cwm yr Eglws, the ‘valley of the church’ with a secluded beach to enjoy.
  • The walk from Cwmtydu. Probably the best walk of the holiday.
  • Easy access to both the Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire coast paths from your hotel.
  • Enjoy impressive views of Poppit Sands from your room, with possible sightings of grey seals.
  • The Welsh language. Try and pick up a few words whilst here.

Join us for walks along spectacular stretches of the Ceredigion and Pembroke coastal paths. The walking programme will take you to pretty villages hugging the coast at the end of remote valleys running down to the sea. From the cliff top viewpoints, seals, dolphins and porpoises can often be seen. This excellent five-night holiday will guide you across the most spectacular stretches of the Ceredigion Coastal Path, as well as a selection of the area’s finest trails.

Your hotel sits above the mouth of the Teifi estuary. From here we have easy access to both the Ceredigion and the more famous Pembrokeshire coastal paths. Along the clifftop walks you pass through woods, moor and farmland. Walking south on the estuary path takes us through the ancient market town of Cardigan to St Dogmael’s Beach. Heading inland are the Preseli Hills and scenery of the Teifi Valley. 

This holiday is a treat for the walker, wildlife enthusiast, historian and everybody else as well.

  • En suite three-star hotel accommodation on a half board basis
  • All local transport required for the itinerary by private coach
  • Services of a Classic Tour Leader
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Lunches
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel insurance

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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Tour Codes

73905

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 Gwbert 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 (Cilgerran and Cardigan)

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    4.5 - 5 hours

  • Distance

    11 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    362/374m

On the first full day, we will offer a leisurely walk along the Teifi estuary and river directly from the 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 to Cwm-yr-Eglwys

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 - 5.5 hours

  • Distance

    11.1 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    528m

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 Eglwys (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

  • Time

    5.5 - 6 hours

  • Distance

    10.2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    727/694m

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 (there are no narrow ledges or vertical drops).

Day 5

Coast Path and farmland: Moylgrove to St Dogmaels

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 - 5.5 hours

  • Distance

    10 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    529/558m

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 11am. We hope you have enjoyed your holiday and we look forward to welcoming you on another soon. 

Departure dates for your selected tour

10th Jun 2024 - 15th Jun 2024 (5 Nights)

16th Sep 2024 - 21st Sep 2024 (5 Nights)

Travel Details

Private coach transport to and from the trailheads, is included.

Nearest mainline railway station: Carmarthen (30 miles)

Nearest bus station: Cardigan (3 miles)

The taxi fare from:

  • Cardigan to the hotel can cost about £15
  • Carmarthen to the hotel can cost as much as £75.

It needing a taxi, we strongly recommend that you contact Robin's Taxis for a quote and pre-book (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 night's accommodation for each departure date.

The Gwbert Hotel

The Gwbert Hotel (sister hotel to the Cliff Hotel) stands on the banks of the River Teifi at the estuary at Gwbert-on-Sea. The hotel offers comfortable accommodation and lift access to most of the 21 bedrooms. 

The standard bedroom facilities include en-suite, TV with radio, hairdryer and telephone. 

Breakfasts and evening meals will be taken in the hotel's tastefully decorated restaurant, The Flat Rock Bistro, with its panoramic views of the Pembrokeshire National Park, offering dishes for all tastes and requirements. 

Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel and a password is required (supplied by the reception team). Due to the hotel's rural location, speed connectivity may vary, especially during busy times. The hotel also has a car park. 

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 all good, but there will be some sections of rough ground and some walking close to the coast. Short sections could be problematic if you suffer with severe vertigo. Walks will be across moorland and coastal walks with some inland sections.

Walks will be between 9 and 13.5 miles. Whilst the highest point reached is only 120m, the undulating terrain means that both the cumulative ascent and descent on a couple of days will be in excess of 500m.

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

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity programme for your convenience. If there are additional visits or excursions to enrich your experience, you can choose to participate and cover the costs locally. Depending on the itinerary, local transport may involve a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, and ferries.

Optional Excursions

At your destination, you may have the option to book various local excursions and activities through a local operator. It's important to note that we are not involved in these activities or excursions, and we do not operate, supervise, or control them in any way. Your contract will be directly with the local activity supplier, and we bear no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. 

Tipping

In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organised they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations.  Your tour leader takes care of all the local administration, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the programme for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organised group programme, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

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 £70 each way. Picking up a taxi from the train station to Cardigan may be more expensive 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. A taxi from Cardigan to the hotel may cost around £10 - £15. 

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 tour leader, an outline of the planned programme for your holiday and the chance to meet your walking companions.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Meals

Accommodation is on a half board basis with breakfasts and dinners taken at the hotel's restaurant 'The Flat Rock Bistro'. The restaurant offers a set menu for evening dinners. Picnic lunches are not included in the holiday price.

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.

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

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWW15 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

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

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

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

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

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

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.


Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritise the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

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

Kindly share a mobile phone contact number with us. We'll utilize this solely for crucial communication pertaining to your holiday arrangements.

Ensure your mobile phone remains switched on and easily accessible when en route to the airport or during transit delays. This way, we can promptly reach you with any last-minute updates concerning your travel plans.

In consideration of others, we request that you switch off your mobile phone during walks or make an effort to limit its usage. Additionally, during group meals, please minimize the use of mobile devices. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone on the journey.

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