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Submerged woodland at Borth beach

The old fishing village of Borth lies on the Ceredigion Coastal Path in Mid Wales. It is part of the Dyfi Biosphere, the only UNESCO biosphere reserve in Wales. The village makes a perfect family getaway with three miles of golden sand and shallow waters to paddle and splash about in.

At the southern end of its Blue Flag beach, stumps of a 5000-year-old forest are occasionally exposed by the ebbing tide. Welsh legend has it that the submerged woodland is the remains of the land of Cantre’r Gwaelod, an ancient Welsh Kingdom swallowed by the sea long ago.

In the heart of the village you will find a small selection of shops, cafes and pubs. Golfers will enjoy the popular Borth and Ynyslas Golf Club, which stretches along the coast parallel to the sea, or for a bit of history head to the Borth Station Museum, a fascinating heritage centre celebrating the local railway. There is also Borth Animalarium, a zoo in miniature, where children can get up close to a range of exotic and unusual animals and see daily shows.

Glimpse some ospreys at the Dyfi Osprey Project

If you fancy exploring the coastline further, take the Ceredigion Coastal Path to Ynyslas; the route is just under five miles of bracing sea air and beautiful scenery. When the tide is low it is possible to walk much of this route alongside the sand dunes of the vast beach towards the Dyfi National Nature Reserve at Ynyslas. Here, you can enjoy fantastic views of the Dyfi estuary and the snow-covered mountains of Snowdonia beyond. The reserve is home to an array of rare plants and wildlife, including colourful orchids early in the summertime, lizards and wading birds.

Springtime heralds the arrival of ospreys as the majestic birds of prey make their home along the coast. A century ago, ospreys in the UK were hunted to extinction. Forty years later they began to make a comeback, and in 2009, the of Dyfi Osprey Project began. From April to September they open their doors, with a 360-degree observatory to take in the panoramic views of the Dyfi Valley and their resident osprey nest. It is impossible not to be wowed by these incredible birds, not to mention captivated by the spectacular surroundings.

“Holidays in Borth centre on the beach, which is perfect for families with its golden sand and shallow gradient”

Walkers interested in a slightly more challenging trek should follow the coastal path from Borth to Aberystwyth. In return for the six-and-a-half-mile hike along steeper climbs and rugged clifftop paths, you will be rewarded with impressive views of Snowdonia and Cardigan Bay. Look out for dolphins and porpoises, which can sometimes be spotted along this section of coast.

Arriving in the coastal town of Aberystwyth, you can spend a wonderful afternoon enjoying its pier, harbour, castle ruins or simply rest your feet in one of its many cafes, bars and restaurants. When its time to return, hop on one of the regular buses or trains for a short journey back to Borth.

Whether you are planning a romantic weekend away or a family getaway, browse our collection of Borth cottages and explore this breath-taking coastline.

While you’re there

Dyfi Osprey Project

Admire magnificent ospreys in the 360-degree observatory.

Borth Animalarium

Educational zoo with a varied collection of exotic and unusual animals.

Borth Beach

Three miles of golden sand and shallow water, perfect for young families.

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