Aberystwyth - Borth Coast Guide
Aberystwyth, situated on the wide sweep of Cardigan Bay, is an unusual combination of seaside resort, university town and a major cultural centre for Wales. As a consequence of these different roles there are always people arriving to swell the local population which is only around 16,000 - this gives the town a lively atmosphere and pleasant bustle.
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Aberystwyth originated as a garrison town to help the Normans subjugate the local population. Edward I built a castle on the hill above town in 1277. Since then it has been mining town (silver and lead), and for a while, through fishing and transporting ore, it had the 2nd busiest port in Wales. with the arrival of the railway in 1865 the town became a popular tourist resort and became quite fashionable. The towns pier was built at the same time which added to its reputation. The University building was erected in 1872 and is part of the University of Wales. Today there are around 7000 students.
The main feature of the town is the promenade which stretches the full width of the town between the surrounding cliffs. There is a good beach which is ideal for swimming and the usual beach activities.
A few miles north of Aberystwyth there is another seaside resort, Tywyn which is situated just north of the estuary of the River Dovey. Here you will find a long sandy beach which stretches back to the estuary. There is a narrow gauge railway which runs from the town up to a waterfall at Dolgoch.
Borth is a small village located seven miles north of Aberystwyth overlooking Cardigan Bay. The main attraction of Borth is its long sandy beach which stretches up 3 miles to the estuary of the River Dovey (Dyfi). A walk along the beach will reveal an unusuall sight - the remains of a submerged forest which dates back to around 1500 BC. The Dyfi National Nature Reserve lies on the banks of the River Dovey (Dyfi) - the reserve has a mixture of habitats - sand dunes, mudflats and bog and many species of plants and animal life to observe. Aberdovey lies on the opposite bank of the river but you will need to go upstream to cross at Machynlleth.
Places to visit in Aberystwyth
Castle ruins - Norman era castle and later, now in ruins but worth a visit.
Cambrian Coast Railway - Good way to explore the coastline of mid-Wales. Visit: Cambrian Lines
Parc Penglais - Local nature reserve at Penglais Hill
Aberystwyth Arts Centre - Cinema, music and dance venue - Aberystwyth University Penglais Campus Aberystwyth Ceredigion SY23 3DE Phone: (01970) 622882
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