Ceredigion is an extensive county in mid Wales (440,630 acres (1783 km²)). A partly coastal county, it is bordered by Cardigan Bay to the west (part of the Irish Sea), Gwynedd to the north, Powys to the east, Carmarthenshire to the south, and Pembrokeshire to the south-west. Population 64,000. It corresponds more-or-less to the historic county of Cardiganshire, a name which is sometimes still in use.
Towns and villages
- 1 Aberaeron – coastal town with small harbour
- 2 Aberporth – one of Ceredigions favourite escapes with a blue flag beach.
- 3 Aberystwyth – old seaside resort with promenade, university town and home to the National Library of Wales
- 4 Cardigan (Welsh: Aberteifi) – coastal town
- 5 Lampeter (Welsh: Llanbedr Pont Steffan or Llambed) – home of a theological college
- 6 New Quay (Welsh: Cei Newydd) – seaside resort town
- 7 Newcastle Emlyn (Welsh: Castellnewydd Emlyn) – market town (partly in Carmarthenshire), nearby is the National Coracle Centre
- 8 Tregaron
- 9 Llandysul – small town, centre for number of river and hill activities
- 10 Borth (Welsh: Y Borth) – basic seaside village close to Ynyslas dunes
- 11 Devil's Bridge (Welsh: Pontarfynach) – take the Vale of Rheidol Railway to the steep walk around the waterfall and the famous bridge
- 12 Llangrannog – Blue Flag beach
- 13 Ponterwyd – small village near Bwlch Nant yr Arian Forest Visitor Centre and the Silvermountain experience
- 14 Pontrhydfendigaid – close to Strata Florida Abbey
The Welsh-language name Ceredigion means 'Land of Ceredig', who was a son of Cunedda, a chieftain who reconquered much of Wales from the Irish around the fifth century CE.
Aside from the long coastline on Cardigan Bay, much of Cardiganshire is dominated by the Cambrian Mountains.
The A487 runs parallel to the coast to Cardigan and Aberystwyth, from Fishguard in the south to Bangor in the north. The A44 goes eastwards from Aberystwyth to Rhayader, Leominster, Worcester and Oxford.
There are two mainline railway stations in Ceredigion; Aberystwyth and Borth. From these stations passengers can catch trains from Birmingham and Shrewsbury. Services are provided by Arriva Trains Wales on the Cambrian Line.
- Aberystwyth, the terminus of the line, the station is on the outskirts of the town. A short walk from the station is the idyllic seafront. A typical Victorian seafront, with large houses overlooking the beach.
- Borth, the next stop from Aberystwyth. Located just off the main road which runs parallel to the beach. Beach side amenities are typical of a British resort, cafes and shops sell buckets, spades, body boards, tea, coffee and sandwiches. Free public toilets are a very short walk from the station on the main road.
Car is the only practical means of getting round the area.