Distance: 1.5 miles
Terrain: Relatively flat. Wheelchair friendly path until just over half way. Then path narrows to single trail and then downhill as approach Tresaith.
Start: You can park in one of the two car parks at the Green Flag beaches, then join the coastal footpath along the top of the larger beach. Or you could park in the car park in the village which is what we did. Both parking options have honesty boxes with a £3 charge. The coastal footpath is clearly signposted from both parking options and in the village.
Aberporth can be found some six miles North of Cardigan. There are two beaches which both have Green Flag awards and the south beach has a lifeguard throughout the Summer. Both beaches are great for swimmers and for kayakers.
From the Car park we quickly joined the Coastal Footpath and started to make our way along it to Tresaith. The weather had been a bit unpredictable so we had been unsure about undertaking the walk. But I was determined to get us all out in the fresh air. The first section of the coastal path is quite a wide path and is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. The path follows the natural coastline and has some glorious views out over Cardigan Bay. The path takes you past some holiday accommodation in the form of converted railway carriages which are fantastic, I’d love to stay in one and wake up to the view of the sea. There are a few picnic spots located along the path too.
We started our walk about 12.30pm and there were a few others on the path, it’s a very popular walk with lots of people making the walk down to Tresaith to enjoy a meal in The Ship Inn before walking back to Aberporth. We had Pip with us and he eagerly explored the path and greeting other dogs as we went. There are a few spots on the path that take you down into a dip and then back up again but these are very easy and would be manageable in a wheelchair. The weather continued to improve as we made our way along the path stopping to take in the views and find the geocaches hidden (there are four along the coastal path from Aberporth the Tresaith) I have to say it was quite tricky to grab two of the caches as the path was getting busier with walkers but we managed it.
At the end of the tarmac section of the path we had to walk single file more or less for the rest of the walk as the path was a lot narrower and also there were people passing walking in the opposite direction. The path continues and takes you passed caravan sites. There are benches placed along this section of the path enabling you to sit and enjoy the view or catch your breath. The path is very easy-going and soon the path starts to descend taking you down to Tresaith. There are sections with steps built into the path to make your decent safer especially in wetter weather.
The bottom of the path brings out along the top of Tresaith Beach. From here we walked down onto the beach to enjoy a walk along the beach and explore the rock pools. There were some boats out sailing off the beach which we watched for a while. Tresaith is a sheltered sandy cove. To the west of the beach is a cascading waterfall which is the River Saith which the village is named after and is quite spectacular. There is limited parking near the beach but more parking at the top of the village which is accessed by Road from Aberporth. Tresaith is also on the bus route and a bus stop is located across from the car park. There are several holiday properties in the village, one of which we were lucky enough to stay in last year. You can read our review of House on a Beach – Cartrefle here
After a good forty-five minutes on Tresaith Beach we decided it was time to head back to Aberporth. So made our way back to the footpath. The Accent back along the path is quite steep and I was glad to sit down on one of the benches! Everyone was quite hungry by the time we reached the car park and the car. But rather than head home I suggested we head to Aberporth Beach where a new cafe had opened towards the end of last year – Cwtch Glanmordy. A delightful cafe which overlooks the north beach and is designed like beach huts. You can either eat inside the beach huts or out on the patio, we choose to eat outside as had Pip with us. We had some delicious cheese and tomato baguette pizza’s and sausage rolls which filled the gap, before heading for the car.
On the way home everyone was quiet, after all we had just walked over 3 miles! We had all thoroughly enjoyed the walk and agreed we would do it again but next time we would go and enjoy a meal in Tresaith before walking back. We would still be able to take Pip with us as The Ship Inn allows dogs in the bar.