Day 056 : Aberystwyth – Tre’r Ddol

I start today with a walk around the town of Aberystwyth, First I take a look at the castle ruins and the Edwardian and Victorian houses along the harbour and sea front. It is a popular seaside resort with a grand pier and a cliff railway.

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I walk up the Constitution hill by the cliff railway where you get a superb view back of Aberystwyth. The railway is supposed to be the longest in Britain. It also looks quite steep.

I approach Borth where I had been staying the last few nights. I come to an imposing war memorial on the cliffs overlooking Borth. The town itself has one long street through the centre with a high sea wall between the beach and road. The beach itself is mainly shingle.

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I continue walking to the spit of land known as Ynyslas at the mouth of the River Dyfi where you can drive out onto the sand and get a fantastic view of river, sea and mountain. This area is a National Nature Reserve with sand dunes, you might catch sight of a peregrine falcon, but I didn’t, probably the wrong time of the year.

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I finally walk up the estuary to the village of Tre’r Ddol where I finish todays walk. A few thousand years ago copper used to be mines in the area but today it is a few houses, a pub and a garage converted into a community shop.

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Whilst staying at the Youth Hostel at Borth, one night some caravans and trailers pulled up outside the golf club next door. Apparently it was a film crew come to film another series of Hinterland, a BBc One detective program. Many of the locations are set around Borth. Sadly, I had to leave without seeing any activity.