In the Aberystwyth area
South Beach stretches from near the harbour entrance up towards Castle Point where, at low tide, you can see the remains of a Victorian bathing pool. The castle itself, just a short walk from the apartment and overlooking the sea, dates from 1277 and is a lovely place to walk and clamber. It was destroyed in 1649 and many of the local buildings were reputedly built using the plundered stone. In and around the castle grounds are crazy golf and a children’s playground.
North Beach sweeps round the bay from the other side of the Victorian pier up towards the foot of Constitution Hill at the far north end. It’s a satisfying walk or a ride on the Victorian electric cliff railway to the top of Constitution Hill from where there are great views of the town and surroundings - and a bird’s eye view from the camera obscura - as well as a scenic café.
The other local beach is Tanybwlch, a nature reserve on the other side of the harbour, at the foot of the ancient hill fort site of Pendinas. The area also boasts beautiful sandy beaches a car, train or bus journey away at Borth, Ynyslas and Aberdovey to the north and Newquay in the south.
For more ideas and information see www.aberystwyth.org.uk
Walking: the Coastal Path, Pendinas and Parc Penglais are all close by and you’ll find good places to walk almost anywhere in the surrounding countryside. Some highlights include Borth/Ynyslas, the Hafod Estate, Bwlch Nant yr Arian (also red kite feeding centre and café), the Rheidol Valley and the waterfalls at Devil’s Bridge.
Cycling: two trails easily accessible from the harbour:
Golf: 18-hole golf course in Aberystwyth and others nearby at Rhydyfelin, Borth/Ynyslas, Capel Bangor and Llanrhystud.
Surfing: Aber Adventurers provide lessons and equipment hire.
The Vale of Rheidol railway will take you in season from Aberystwyth through spectacular scenery to Devil’s Bridge and Mynach Falls.
Other activites you may be interested in :-