John's Journey - Rhydyfelin to Aberystwyth

Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes

Distance: 2.8 miles / 4.5km

Start: SN 589 787

End: SN 584 827

Parking: There's no official car park by the start of this journey, but there are plenty of safe places to park around Rhydyfelin. The nearest post code is SY23 4PY. There are plenty of places to park at the end of the walk in Aberystwyth.

Route Description:

This walk is straight, you could leave a car near the end of the walk or walk back to the start. The walk starts on the bridge that crosses the river Ystwyth in Rhydyfelin, to find this point, follow the post code above. Cross the bridge and follow the road around to the left, before taking the first right. Follow the road, skirting around the bottom of Tan-y-Castell Castle (A) and continue towards the coast. Before reaching Tan y Bwlch, follow the footpath below across the fields.

You will arrive on Tan y Bwlch beach, turn to the right and follow the beach for a little over 1 kilometre. As you reach the end of the beach, turn right, and follow the coastal path along the Rheidiol river. You will reach Trefechan Bridge (B), cross it, and take an immediate left back down to the coast. Follow the coast and cut up to Aberystwyth Castle (C). After walking around the castle grounds, walk back down to the coast and turn right to walk along the promenade (Ch).

When you reach the top of the promenade, you can either walk to the top of Constitution Hill (D), or, like our walkers, take the train.

Points of Interest:

a) Tan-y-Castell Castle

Grid Reference: SN 585 790

This was Aberystwyth's original castle and was built by a Norman Baron in 1110 to defeat the Welsh. Llywelyn the Great came and demolished the castle.

b) Trefechan Bridge

Grid Reference: SN 583 813

In February 1963 university students staged a protest here, blocking the road to vehicles. This was the first of many protests organised by Cymdeithas yr Iaith.

c) Aberystwyth Castle

Grid Reference: SN 579 815

Aberystwyth Castle was built, along with Flint Castle, Rhuddlan Castle and Builth Wells castle, by King Edward I as part of his campaign against the Welsh.

Ch) Promenade

Grid Reference: SN 583 820

This is one of the longest promenades in Britain. There was an old tradition in the Victorian times, where the men and women would walk along the prom, so they could kick the bar on the northern end of the prom.

d) Constitution hill

Grid Reference: SN 584 827

Since 1896, the Aberystwyth Cliff Railway has ascended to the hill's summit, where you can visit the camera obscura, that consists of a 14 inch lens and views up to Snowdonia and down to North Pembrokeshire.

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