August 30th, 2019
Earlier this week we discovered more about the spectacular starling murmuration. One of the best places to see this in Wales is the coastal resort town of Aberystwyth in mid Wales. It’s about an hour’s drive from us here at the Oakeley Arms but it’s well worth the trip. Why not try this lovely short walk while you’re there?
Where: Aberystwyth, Ceredigion
Distance: Approx 3 miles
Difficulty: Moderate – good paths and one ascent
Start: Aberystwyth Train Station (park at station or any town centre car park)
Grid Ref: SN 585 815
Map: OS Explorer 17: Snowdon
1: With station behind, turn left passing church and straight over roundabout for Mill Street, passing petrol station. Continue then at bridge turn left, signposted for Marina.
2: Pass fire station, then cross road and turn right for Pen-yr-Angor. Follow road, passing houses; after sharp bend to left look for low white walls at bottom of garden on left and immediately afterwards turn left for public footpath sign between white walls and brown brick wall (if you cross bridge and into car park, you’ve gone too far).
3: Follow path up steps and bear right along pavement. Soon on left, look for gap in hedge and gate. Go through and up hillside, passing benches. Keep following path, through gate when you reach it.
4: Just before path heads downhill towards houses, turn left to look at summit (with monument) and head to it. At monument, bear right and head downhill, going through two gates. As the track bends to left go through gate on the left. Follow field edge and at bottom and turn left, then head right and onto road. Turn left.
5: Pass fire station again, then at bridge stay straight ahead. Continue along Bridge Street, pass clock tower and continue ahead towards sea and pier. Turn right, then next right down Terrace Road. Continue, then at main road cross straight over towards station.
Did you know…..?
1: Aberystwyth pier was originally built in 1865; although today it is much shorter thanks to most of it being lost to wild and stormy seas.
**These directions are for guidance only. The Oakeley Arms can accept no responsibility for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use of this information. The information quoted is correct at the time of writing. Always take a map with you and be prepared for the weather for turn. Do not venture out in bad weather.