teifi river pilgrimage
Teifi River Pilgrimage
8 days / 7 nights
Regular departures and private groups
“No man ever steps into the same river twice.”
Heraclitus (535 BC – 475 BC)
Teifi River Pilgrimage
- Our journey takes us beside, across and on (hopefully not in!) the impressive River Teifi journeying from source to sea.
- Up to 113 kms/70 miles walking (depending on canoeing availability).
- Visit the ruined Cistercian Abbey at Strata Florida, important as a spiritual and historical focus in Wales.
- Canoe a stretch of the river in stable two-person Canadian style canoes
- Stay full board at comfortable guesthouses or hotels near the river.
Many thanks to all involved in the compilation of the above excellent videos created by the Teifi Valley Tourism Association in 2013. Many people gave their services free of charge. TVTA is sadly no longer a going concern.
From the mountains to the sea along one of Britain’s most beautiful rivers – the Teifi. It rises in the remote Cambrian Mountains and tributaries flow past the ruined Cistercian Abbey at Strata Florida.
The river continues its journey through oak wooded valleys, past towns with brightly painted cottages and imposing castles. We resume our journey ON the water, canoeing west of the rural town of Lampeter, famous as a seat of learning being the third oldest university in Britain.
We walk further past Cenarth Falls with its salmon fishing and the quaint Coracle Museum, highlighting this ancient river transport. The journey ends after Cardigan on Poppit Sands where the river empties into Cardigan Bay at the start of the Pembrokeshire National Park.
Following a powerful river such as the Teifi from source to sea is a heartwarming and moving pilgrimage experience.
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Day 01: Arrive
Meet 1pm in Carmarthen – transfer to Tregaron. Short afternoon orientation walk in Cors Caron Nature Reserve (5 kms/3 miles)
Two nights Y Talbot, Tregaron (or similar)
Day 02: Teifi Pools & Strata Florida
Walk from the remote Teifi Pools to the ruins of Strata Florida. Exploration of this important Welsh historical site before continuing on foot to Tregaron through farmland and open access land. (18 kms/11 miles)
Day 03: Historical Lampeter
From the remoteness of the drover town of Tregaron we walk via Llanddewi Brefi (site of St David miracle) to the old university town of Lampeter, never straying far from the river. (21 kms/13 miles)
Three nights Ceridwen Centre (or similar)
Day 04: Canoeing
A very special day with time in canoes on the River Teifi. Many factors determine the exact nature of the day such as water levels, weather etc but if we cannot canoe we have a walking route which takes us up to Llanybydder Mountain from where we get wonderful views of the Teifi River Valley.
Day 05: River Walks, Mills & Castles
Walking by the river today, we see much of the ancient industry and imagine the lives lived here long ago. We reach the market town of Newcastle Emlyn at the end of the day nestled in a loop of this beautiful river. (16 kms/10 miles)
Day 06: Waterfalls & Coracles
Our first call today is at Cenarth to see the river at its most powerful as it tumbles through the waterfalls. We see the ancient fishing coracles at the coracle centre before continuing to the 17th century bridge at Llechryd. The last part of the day is a wonderful gorge walk to reach our accommodation via Cilgerran Castle. (18 kms/11 miles)
Two nights Llety Teifi Guesthouse (or similar)
Day 07: The River meets the Sea
A gentle day with time to explore the Wetlands Wildlife Centre and St Dogmaels Abbey before we walk out to Poppit Sands to see the expansive estuary as the River Teifi flows into Cardigan Bay. We have followed the Teifi River from source to sea – a very humbling experience. Time in Cardigan with a celebratory evening meal. (10 kms/6 miles)
Day 08: Depart
Today you will be transferred to Carmarthen for train connections or reunited with your vehicle.
Christine Smith, a local guide with expert knowledge of the area will be with the group throughout
Transport to and from Aberystwyth and to the start and finish points of each day’s walk if required.
Canoeing excursion on the River Teifi with all safety gear provided (and drying facilities at the end of the day).
Overnight accommodation in local guest houses or hotel. All bedding and towels provided
Full board apart from casual refreshments
Casual refreshments, drinks and tips
Travel Insurance (please take out your own travel insurance policy)
Travel to/from Carmarthen