At certain times of the year along the southern end of Borth beach low tide reveals the stumps of an ancient forest that flourished over 1500 years ago. The submerged woodland evokes the myth of Cantre’r Gwaelod, an ancient Welsh Kingdom said to be swallowed by the sea.
Six thousand years later and Borth has the modern-day accolade of being one of the key filming locations for the BBC Wales Nordic Noir television series Hinterland. Cors Fochno, the boat yard where the River Leri reaches the sea and Borth station have featured prominently in the internationally acclaimed award-winning series.
Y Fron sits just a stone’s throw away from the blue flag rated Borth beach which boasts 3 miles of golden sands perfect for families, surfers and sailboard enthusiasts. The tide goes out a long way, making the shallow waters great for the little ones to paddle in.
Dolphins are regularly spotted on the bay, on calm days you can stand on the shore and see them leaping from the sea. Grab your fishing nets, buckets and crabbing lines and explore all the wonders that the seaside has to offer.
Devil’s Bridge has been a tourist attraction for over 100 years. Writers such as George Borrow visited here and wrote about it’s rugged beauty before the top bridge had even been built. There are no other bridges built like this in the world and worth seeing for yourselves.
“High in the mountains near Aberystwyth, there is a village where a very old bridge crosses a deep gorge. Above it are two other bridges built at later dates. But the lowest one….Well, they say that the Devil himself built it..”
Find traditional seaside fun in the historic market town of Aberystwyth. Wander along the promenade with an ice-cream, visit the busy harbour or head to the amusements on the pier.
A visit to Aberystwyth is quite impossible without a walk, jog or mindfulness moment on the mile long Victorian promenade. The seafront also boasts the oldest pier in Wales (it was built in 1864), which offers views over the ocean. Ascend the longest funicular railway in Britain, Aberystwyth Cliff Railway for spectacular views.
A visit to Elan Valley never fails to delight and inspire. A beautiful area stretching 72 square miles with historic landscapes and thriving wildlife.
The dams and reservoirs, the working legacy of remarkable Victorian engineering, add to the captivating and ever changing scenery. You can stroll, picnic or hike; cycle or mountain bike; bird watch, fish or safari!
VALE OF RHEIDOL
The Vale of Rheidol Railway re-creates the Edwardian spirit of adventure. Step aboard one of our restored steam trains for a stunning journey along the Rheidol Valley. Since opening in 1902, millions have enjoyed the scenic trip through the ancient woodlands to Devil’s Bridge, home of the famous waterfalls, nestled in the magnificent Cambrian Mountains.
Listen to the sound of a powerful narrow gauge steam locomotive working hard to climb 700ft (200m) during the 12 miles from Aberystwyth to Devil’s Bridge.
NANT YR ARIAN
Bwlch Nant yr Arian Visitor Centre sits at the head of a dramatic valley and has commanding views of Cardigan Bay and the Cambrian Mountains. It is well-known for its long established tradition of daily feeding of red kites, Wales’s National Bird of Prey.
There is a range of trails for walkers, mountain bikers, and runners which are waymarked from the visitor centre. Bwlch Nant yr Arian has been awarded the Gold Award by Visit Wales for attractions which make an exceptional effort to create an enjoyable and memorable experience for their visitors.