teifi river pilgrimage

Teifi River Pilgrimage

Highlights – 5 days / 4 nights
Full – 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

IN BRIEF

  • Our journey takes us beside or across the impressive River Teifi journeying from source to sea. 
  • Up to 113 kms/70 miles walking.
  • Visit the ruined Cistercian Abbey at Strata Florida, important as a spiritual and historical focus in Wales.
  • Mill towns, castles, wildlife reserve and waterfalls en route.  
  • Stay full board at comfortable guesthouses or hotels along the Teifi River Valley.

From the mountains to the sea along one of Britain’s most beautiful rivers – the Teifi. It rises in the remote Cambrian Mountains to then 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 reach the rural town of Lampeter, famous as a seat of learning being the third oldest university in Britain and then on along the valley passing other small communities such as Drefach Felindre with its impressive milling history.  

We walk further past Cenarth Falls with its salmon fishing and the quaint Coracle Museum, highlighting this ancient river transport.  We pass through the Teifi Marshes, the ruined Abbey of St Dogmaels and on past Cardigan to Poppit Sands where the river empties into Cardigan Bay and we reach our journey’s end.  

Following a powerful river such as the Teifi from source to sea is a heartwarming and moving pilgrimage experience. 

ruined buildings
cannoe and paddle
bridge over river

Description

The Teifi River Highlights is a shorter 5 day / 4 night option which includes the first and last walking days of the itinerary shown below.  The middle section of the pilgrimage comprises of the best of the walking sections linked by road transfers so you still travel along the length of the Teifi River.  Total walking for the Highlights itinerary is approx 56kms/35 miles.

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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: Mountain walking

Depending on weather conditions, our walking route today could take us up to Llanybydder Mountain from where we get wonderful views of the Teifi River Valley or we stick closer to the river.  (22kms/13 miles)

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. 

route map

Teifi River Pilgrimage

Departures:
Please contact us for other available dates

Highlights – 5 days / 4 nights:
02 – 06 May 2022

£780.00 pp in twin share based on group of 4
£100.00 pp single supplement

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Full – 8 days / 7 nights:
Private groups

£1275.00 pp in twin share based on group of 4
£100.00 pp single supplement

Includes:

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

Entrance fees

Excludes:

Casual refreshments, drinks and tips

Travel Insurance (please take out your own travel insurance policy)

Travel to/from Carmarthen

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