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Borth is a coastal village 7 miles North of Aberystwyth in the county of Ceredigion in Mid Wales. Borth is an old fishing hamlet which boasts one of Ceredigions longest and most golden beaches which stretches over two miles to Ynyslas where the Dyfi National Nature Reserve can be found. Borths award winning beach has wonderful shallow waters making it particularly popular for families with younger children.
Borth presents a great opportunity for those seeking a walking holiday in Wales as there is such as unique and diverse landscape that you are sure to never tire of. The Dyfi Nature Reserve is home to an abundance of wildlife, flora and fauna just waiting to be explored.
The Dyfi Nature Reserve is made up of three parts: Cors Fochno, an internationally important peat bog; Dyfi Estuary, an internationally important feeding ground for thousands of wading birds and the beach and sand dunes of Ynyslas, enjoyed by around quarter of a million people every year.
The Cors Fochno peat bog is the only UNESCO biosphere reserve in Wales. Here you may find wildlife such as otter, welsh mountain ponies, adders, badgers as well as several different birds of prey making it a great sport for bird watching enthusiasts.
The Dyfi Estuary is located on the conjunction of the counties of Ceredigion, Gwynedd and Powys with the Cambrian Mountains as a backdrop. The Dyfi Estuary is a designated special proctection area and particularly important for Greenland White Fronted Geese who spend the winter here. Other bird species such as the Manx Shearwater, Oyster Catcher and Sanderling can also be found here.
Ynyslas boasts an impressive sand dune system. The remarkable dunes are growing every day, millimetre by millimetre providing a home for many rare plants and insects. In the summer, the sand dunes are transformed into a colourful carpet of wild flowers and are particularly renowned for their rare orchids..
Borth is also the western terminus of one of Ceredigion's other linear paths climbing high into the Cambrian Mountains and linking to the Forestry Commission Wales Visitor and Red Kite Feeding Centre at Nant Yr Arian, Devil's Bridge, Cwm Ystwyth and the historic Hafod Picturesque Landscape and Pontrhydygroes before proceeding to Pontrhydfendigaid with an option to visit the ruins of Strata Florida Abbey, once the Westminster of Wales. This route forms a grand circle returning via the Ystwyth Trail towards Aberystwyth.
Strata Floria Abbey is definitely worth a visit. The remains of the abbey which was founded in 1164 are now in the care of Cadw. The Abbey was once the base of King Henry IV and his son Henry V. The most substantial remain of the abbey is that of the entrance archway of the Great West Door. There are also numerous low rise walls that mark the extent of the size of the abbey.
Nearby to Borth and also worth a visit is the lost land of Cantre'r Gwaelod. The remains of a forest from some 5000 years ago can still be seen at low tide in Cardigan Bay. Legend has it that the land disappeared under the waves during a tsunami or storm. There are many other accounts and mystic legends about what happened to the land making it a fascinating piece of history. Overall Borth has such an exciting and fascinating mixture of things to see and do in the area making a great location for families, group walking holidays or even couples on a secluded romantic break in Ceredigion.
FBM holidays has some ideal holiday cottages in the county of Ceredigion that a provide a perfect base from which to explore this part of Wales. Craigfryn and Snowdrop comprise an attractive single storey cottage and a well-furnished, semi-detached bungalow situated in the grounds of Nine Oaks Fisheries, a purpose built angling complex with 3 well stocked trout lakes, 2 large coarse lakes, a well-stocked novices pool for coaching and children. Set in idyllic, landscaped grounds surrounded by an abundance of wildlife and flora, just 1 and a half miles from the Aberystwyth to Cardigan coast road, a lovely tranquil location in the beautiful Ceredigion countryside. An ideal area for enjoying many pursuits including walking, cycling, bird watching , lovely sandy beaches at Newquay where a coastal cruise is a must with almost daily sightings of bottlenose dolphins, porpoise and a myriad of sea bird colonies and the busy Georgian coastal town of Aberaeron just a short drive away.
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