As it is impossible to acquire a full picture of the immediate surrounding area from a general Ceredigion or Wales Guide, you will find below an outline of the opportunities and activities available to you when you spend a holiday with us. In addition, we are keen to ensure that you enjoy your journey to Wales and that you arrive relaxed. If your vehicle is likely to be overloaded beyond comfort level, you are welcome to give us a small list of essential groceries e.g. tea, coffee, milk, bread, butter which we will buy on your behalf on the day of your arrival. The local shop / post office / newsagent is approximately 500 yards from the park and there are numerous supermarkets in Aberystwyth.
Borth is situated six miles north of Aberystwyth. The village has four miles of golden sandy beach. The south end, beneath the cliffs, has a wide expanse of rock pools where children can find a variety of small fish and shellfish. The cliffs themselves continue south to Wallog and accommodate a range of nesting birds including gulls, chuffs, ravens and peregrine falcons. From Wallog, the causeway extends out to the legendary sunken city of Cantre’r Gwaelod.
At the north end lies the Ynyslas Nature Reserve consisting of several square miles of sand dunes reaching as far as the Dyfi Estuary. The reserve is manned during the summer months by staff who arrange activities for young children, helping them to find and identify the nesting birds, butterflies and rare orchids.
Under certain tidal conditions, the main stretch of beach reveals the waterlogged remains of the primaeval forest. If you’re lucky, you may find some interesting fossils among the colourful stones and shells.
Between Borth and Tre’rddol lies Borth Bog, an area full of small wildlife, birds, butterflies, marsh plants and reptiles. Some five miles north of Tre’rddol the RSPB have a bird sanctuary where dawn and twilight guided walks take place during the summer months.
There are several public footpaths in the area including the coastal path through Clarach to Aberystwyth and through pastureland to neighbouring villages, – Talybont, Dolybont, Llandre and Taliesin.
Borth has a range of public houses, shops and restaurants as well as some large caravan parks with clubhouse entertainment, one of which is open to the public. There are tennis courts in the village and an amusement arcade. Borth also has a well-known eighteen hole golf course with Clubhouse situated at the north end of the village. One of the increasingly popular attractions in the village is the Animalarium – well worth a visit, particularly for children.
At certain times of the year, you can fish for mackerel, bass, skate and flatfish off the beach and if the weather is suitable, there are boats available to take you deep sea fishing or to just sit and wait for the dolphins and seals to put in an appearance. There is also river and lake fishing within ten miles for which a permit is required. During the main season, there are wind surfboards available for hire on one section of the beach.
Within ten miles of Borth there are two leisure centres, one at Aberystwyth and another at Machynlleth. Also at the university town of Aberystwyth, you will find ten pin bowling, crazy golf, an amusement centre, a museum, a theatre, a cinema and a range of shops and restaurants. Leaving Aberystwyth station daily on the narrow gauge railway line is a small steam engine with its open carriages winding through the Rheidol Valley to the waterfalls at Devil’s Bridge. Also in the Rheidol Valley, there is an excellent riding school suitable for both beginners and experienced riders. Further along the valley towards the Plynlymon Mountain Range the Llywernog Silver Mines are open to the public with guided tours underground to give you a taste of the labour market in by-gone days.
The market town of Machynlleth houses the original Welsh Parliament, the famous Celtica multi-media exhibition and nearby the Centre for Alternative Technology and the King Arthur’s Labyrinth. Just outside Machynlleth you will find the Dyfi Valley Activity Centre which offers quad bikes for hire, clay pigeon shooting and archery, complete with tuition if you need it.