The Aberystwyth area has several great advantages for the walker – but one disadvantage.
The advantages include:
- beautiful walking country, both coast and mountains
- lots of archaeological interest both ancient and modern
- a dense network of footpaths (some derived from old drovers’ trails, others from lead miners’ paths)
- a high proportion of open access land.
The disadvantage is that a good many of the Rights of Way shown on the Ordnance Survey map are in poor condition. Visitors hoping to find appropriate walks from their Ordnance Survey maps should be aware of this.
The problem is gradually being overcome, with the Local Authority now committed to tackling the problem in a serious way, but it will take some time to reverse the years of neglect. In the meantime the tourist faces a problem. How can he or she know where it will be possible to walk? “I came to Mid Wales on a walking holiday and went home after three days because so many paths were blocked” is a complaint that has on occasion been received by the local Ramblers Group.
You could join one of our regular programmed walks, but if you want to do your own thing there are two ways of finding where you can go
First, look at the following notes that give a brief guide to the increasing number of areas where the walker can expect to find paths that are open and welcoming. Click for information on:
- Ceredigion Coastal Paths
- Other Longer Paths in the Aberystwyth Area
- Shorter Walks
- Books and Websites
The second way, and the one to use if you want to explore other paths shown on your Ordnance Survey map, is to look at the County Council’s map related to the Priority Paths Network. Paths in the county are classed under three headings:
- Category 1 – highest category (complaints have priority); it is highly likely that a path in this category will be in good usable condition.
- Category 2 – second highest category (complaints are generally dealt with as soon as possible); it is probable that a category 2 path will be usable.
- Unclassified – complaints have no automatic priority but their priority will be considered by Rights of Way staff and reviewed by the Local Access Forum’s Rights of Way sub-committee; many paths in this category may also be usable, but users should not be surprised to find some of them difficult or even impossible..
The classification of any path (and other information such as the path number) can be found by clicking on the Ceredigion County Council Rights of Way Map. Find the path you are interested in and then click anywhere on the path itself. This is a digital version of the Definitive Map and should be extremely accurate at the scales available