Activities & Attractions in Borth and Ceredigion
There are a wide range of activities to be enjoyed in the surrounding area as well as swimming, kitesurfing, surfing and sailing in Cardigan Bay, whose wide, sandy Ynyslas beach is just a 10-minute walk from Aberleri Cottages across the Borth golf links.
The Mid Wales Coast in Ceredigion is where the Cambrian mountains meet the sea of Cardigan Bay. It provides all kinds of opportunities for those seeking adventure or solitude.
There are three 18-hole courses within easy reach and we are able to offer concessionary green fees at each. Borth links course is one of the oldest in Wales, while Aberystwyth's 6119 yard Par 70 course offers breathtaking views across Cardigan Bay and Penrhos is a Championship length course with facilities including a 9-hole course and driving range. Handicap cards are required. The nearby Capel Bangor 9-hole course, where handicap cards are not required, also has good facilities.
Cycling & Walking
Aberleri Cottages have been approved by Visit Wales for meeting the criteria of the Cyclists and Walkers Scheme. We have a secure building on site with CCTV which is available to cyclists and walkers. It has heated lockers for drying clothes, bike stands and a bike clamp if work is needed. Tools are provided too. Bike-washing facilities including a pressure washer are also available for use by guests at Aberleri Cottages.
This is a wonderful area offering a wide choice of on or off road cycling, mountain biking trails or gentle rides along country lanes. An endless choice of tours such as Plynlimon, the Elan Valley and the Snowdonia National park. The Forest Centre at Bwlch Nant yr Arian (30 minutes drive away) is great for mountain biking with spectacular views as well as a choice of several different routes, each with a different character. The Summit Trail is exactly as the name suggests with superb views and flowing single track. Pendam Trail again has fantastic views and some challenging sections and the third 'Syfydrin Trail' extends out onto the open hills. To the North of us is the top rated 'ClimachX Trail' in the Dyfi Forest, home of the Dyfi Enduro. A little further north is the world renowned Coed Y Brenin with a huge array of trails and a large bike skills area.
For something a little less extreme there are easy, relatively flat cycling routes along the Ystwyth and Rheidol from Aberystwyth and the marvellous Mawddach Trail from Dolgellau to Barmouth.
The Aberystwyth Cycle Festival comes to town for the May Bank Holiday weekend, with events from Friday to Monday. Children;s events, round the town races, road races of 26, 60 and 112 miles (approx..), down hill mountain biking and the chance to see some of Britain's top cyclists competing.
Aberleri Cottages have always been popular with walkers and we have a regular clientele. The warm comfort of the accommodation being one reason, and now the addition of the free facility for drying clothes and footwear.
The selection of walks is almost endless. We have the Ceredigion section of the Coastal Path running through Borth, and of course local walks along the beach, the dunes or the river bank. There is always the chance to see wildlife, otters are regularly seen in the river, a long-eared owl has been seen at Aberleri and there are birds galore in the surrounding countryside. For those keen on bird life, the RSPB centre at Ynyshir is a few miles away and the Dyfi Osprey Project is close by too. There is also a very helpful information centre at Ynyslas and we have guide books to lend with over 60 walks in Aberystwyth, Cwm Rheidol, Machynlleth and Plynlimon areas. Snowdonia National Park is only a short drive away and Cadair Idris which is about 40 minutes drive from here has some amazing walks too. If walking is your thing then you will be spoilt for choice, from easy evening strolls along the beach to epic, all day mountain routes.
Riding and trekking in beautiful countryside is provided by the Rheidol Riding Centre, near Aberystwyth. Instruction by fully qualified staff is available.
The safe, sandy beach of Borth is ideal for watersports such as surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing. The length of the beach means there is plenty of room for all. The best surf is usually found near the lifeboat station at the southern end of Borth whereas windsurfing and kitesurfing is better at the northern end of the beach. If you don't intend to participate yourself simply sitting on the beach watching the spectacle can be entertainment in itself.
Places of Interest
Is well served with two good supermarkets, several pubs serving food as well as take-aways, two excellent coffee shops as well as other small shops. Borth is famous for its Blue Flag beach and dunes. The Animalarium is a popular attraction especially for children and there is a play area by the village hall. Borth is also noted for its Carnival week in August.
PLACES TO VISIT
Borth is an ideal base from which you can visit a wide area of outstanding natural beauty. To the North you are a few miles away from the Snowdonia National Park area and towns such as Machynlleth with its street market, Aberdyfi, Tywyn and Tal-y-Llyn narrow Gauge Railway. To the South there is the picturesque town and harbour of Aberaeron and a host of secluded sandy bays. While in the immediate area - Aberystwyth with its facilities is the major town and the starting point of the Devils Bridge Narrow Gauge Railway. Home of the National Library of Wales and the camera Obscure on Constitution Hill.
Other places to visit include Corris Craft Centre/King Arthur’s Labyrinth, The Centre Of Alternative Technology, RSPB Nature Reserve at Ynys-Hir, Lead and Silver Mines, Nant-yr-Arian Forest Centre for walks, cycling and seeing Red Kites.
Young children can have a whale of a time at the Soft Play, just 3 miles from Borth and other soft play area at the Aberystwyth Leisure Centre and Glan-y-Mor Leisure Park at Clarach Bay.