Five ways to enjoy the summer in Ceredigion

With last weekend being the hottest of the year so far, we’re hoping that could be an indication of what we can expect from this summer. With many a sunny hours to be spent outdoors, we’ve put together our top picks on what to do in Ceredigion.

1. Dolphin Watching Boat Trips in Cardigan Bay
A Bay to Remember offers dolphin, seal and sea bird watching boat trips suitable for all ages.

The trips depart all year round but are especially popular during the summer. Lasting from 1 – 2 hours in length, exploring the amazing coastline and abundant wildlife in Cardigan Bay you’re in for a very special treat. Bottlenose Dolphins and Harbour Porpoise are regularly spotted, but also Grey Seals and a wide variety of birds including Razorbills, Guillimots, Gannets, Choughs, Cormorants, Shags, Oyster Catchers and Manx Shearwaters can be spotted to name just a few.

To find out more about dolphin watching in Cardigan Bay or to book your ticket for A Bay to Remember please click here.

2. Aberystwyth Farmers’ Market
Aberystwyth Farmers’ Market has beaten off rivals from Belfast and London to be crowned the UK’s best in the BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Awards.

Set up back in 2000 and recently included in a top 10 farmers’ market roundup compiled by The Times newspaper, Aberystwyth farmers’ market managed to beat both London’s Brockley Market and Belfast’s St George’s Market, which has around 230 stalls – far more than Aberystwyth’s 30.

The farmers’ market will take place on the 7th and 21st of June. For more dates, visit the website.

3. Aberaeron harbour
Renowned broadcaster (and proud Welshman) Huw Edwards rates Aberaeron as the prettiest town on the coast of Wales. It was established early in the 19th century and the Regency-style buildings around the harbour are quaint and unusual. The much loved Harbourmaster Hotel is well worth a visit for good food using local produce and great local ales.

4. Bwlch Nant y Arian
Completely redeveloped as an eco-friendly building, the award-winning forest recreation centre, Bwlch Nant y Arian offers famous Red Kite feeding which can be seen from the visitor centre or from many other places around the lake.

Aberaeron © Cerys Symonds

Aberaeron © Cerys Symonds

For activity enthusiasts, there are a number of enjoyable waymarked walks, one of which is suitable for people of all ages and abilities. Excellent Cycle Trails start and end at Nant-yr-Arian, with a bike washing facility at the Visitor Centre.

5. Devil’s Bridge Falls
Enjoy a walk along the nature trail and see the spectacular 300ft waterfalls and the view of the 3 bridges, built one on top of the other, which span the breathtaking woodland gorge. Follow in the footsteps of the monks of past, along the path and descend Jacobs Ladder (100 steps). Cross the humped bridge spanning over the Mynach river at the bottom of the waterfalls and begin to ascend the other side of the gorge. Venture into Robbers Cave, an old hideout place beside the waterfall.

Alternatively, there’s an easier, short walk to view the 3 bridges and the Devil’s Punchbowl. As legend has it, it is here that an old lady and her dog managed to outwit the devil!

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