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Coast and country / Arfordir a Gwlad 48 km (30 Miles/Milltir) Elevation 853m
This combines the best of Ceredigion’s coastal and back country roads. Not easy but lots to see and possible cake stop at New Quay. Climb on the A487 south until Ffosyffin, left opposite Hen Fynyw church. Through Oakford village until you hit the A487 again. Nasty junction so careful as you cross the road. A lovely scenic back road takes you down towards the beach of Cei Bach before passing Dylan Thomas’ New Quay residence (as seen in the film Edge of Love). At the next junction turn right to the fishing / dolphin spotting village of New Quay. If you wish go down to the front there are plenty of options for coffee, cakes or even fish and chips ! Tough climb out of New quay to Maenygroes where you turn right. Undulating ride; once through Nanternis turn right for a spectacular ride down to Cwmtydu on a one track hairpinned road (easier down than up !). Ride back through the beautiful wooded valley, once in Llwyndafydd task a right then a left and keep climbing for the next few miles (crossing the A487) till you get to nearly a thousand feet. Left at the next T junction gets you to the one house village called Post Bach, right by the house and just keep on going downhill all the way back to Neuadd Lwyd. Left at the junction and a mile later your back in Aberaeron where a warm bath and a stiff drink will be just reward.
CILCENNIN LOOP 25 km (16 Miles) Elevation 335m
A gentle route inland up the Aeron valley towards Ciliau Aeron (possible stop at Llannerch Aeron National Trust house). Turning left at Ciliau Aeron crossroads, then right at the next turning (600m) up towards Blaencamel Farm, and the village of Cilcennin (any of you on Strava this is a good segment to go for). Its a steady climb to the village and beyond,all the way past Cyclemart shop (supplies/maintenance) to the junction with the main road. Turn left to Cross Inn, at the village second left at the crossroads – (Rhos yr Hafod pub is opposite should you require sustenance for the last five miles), takes you on a scenic road with great views towards Snowdonia. Left at the next junction takes you down to Pennant, right at the crossroads and a fast descent to Aberarth (careful main road junction at the bottom).Right at the junction and a mile later you’re back in Aberaeron – there is a cycle path on the righthand side from Aberarth to Aberaeron.
Ffefryn fyr / my current favorite short ride
Lan i Penuwch / Penuwch loop on minor roads 39km elevation 521m
For a shortish ride this has a bit of everything except a coffee stop option. Starting at the harbour we go up the Aeron Valley and then off through the village of Cilcennin. We climb all the way to near Bwlchllan reaching over a 1000ft by the time we’re in Penuwch. The scenery is stunning with views over to the Cambrian mountains. Descend all the way through Cross Inn (Rhos yr Hafod pub is open in the evenings) to Pennant. Few ups and downs before the steep descent past picturesque Aberarth church and back to Aberaeron.
Ar y Gwastad / One of the few flat rides 46km elevation 452m
A nice easy ride up the Aeron valley with the option of a café, shop stop in Llangeitho before you turn back.
Maesymeillion loop 50km (31miles) 770m (2500ft) climbing
Monsoon in the morning so decided to change the time of the off to 1.30. Nice route with plenty of climbing, good descents and as always great views with no traffic. Climb the hard way out of Aberaeron past Llaethliw vineyard and up a climb 17% spike but generally ok if half fit. However do not try after a Harbourmaster Sunday lunch as I did – nearlyrecycled (not in a biking way) !
After the climb you stay on the undulating plateau which gradually rises to over a 1000ft but great views to the sea and inland hills. B roads all the way with hardly a car and good surfaces. Go through hamlets / villages of Post Bach, Maesymeillion, Pontsian, Dihewid and then a great descent back tp the A482 2 miles from Aberaeron.