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Cors Caron National Nature Reserve, near Tregaron

An untamed mix of raised bog, reedbed, wet grassland, ponds, streams and patches of woodland

Cors Caron wetlands

What's here

Accessible facilities
Dogs
Mountain biking
Parking
Parking (accessible)
Picnic
Toilets
Walking trail

Overview

Cors Caron National Nature Reserve is a vast area of wetland filling the broad valley of the River Teifi near Tregaron.

The reserve includes three raised bogs - areas of deep peat that have built up over the last 12000 years.

A unique mix of habitats

The raised bogs are surrounded by a complex and unique mix of habitats. These include reedbeds, wet grasslands, woodland and rivers, streams and ponds.

The variety of habitats makes this reserve a fantastic place for wildlife and its ever-changing shades of red, brown and yellow provide a rich counterpoint to the green of the surrounding hills.

History of Cors Caron

Despite first appearances, there has been human habitation here from the earliest times and the bog itself was, for centuries, at the heart of the area’s life and economy.

Peat was a vital fuel until the middle of the 20th century and you will find evidence of peat cutting everywhere.

Work is underway to restore the landscape to its original condition, so that new peat grows and the rich habitats that it supports are secured. 

Walking at Cors Caron

There are two circular walks at Cors Caron:

  • The boardwalk over the south-east bog passes the large observation building where you can enjoy a peaceful view of the landscape and wildlife. The boardwalk is fully accessible
  • The circular Riverside Walk is a longer route which passes through the heart of Cors Caron

You can also access a six kilometre section of the Ystwyth Trail, a National Cycle trail. This follows an old railway track along the edge of the reserve. 

National Nature Reserve

Cors Caron is a National Nature Reserve. 

National nature reserves are places with some of the very finest examples of wildlife habitats and geological features. 

There are over 70 National Nature Reserves in Wales.

Find out more about National Nature Reserves.

Closures and diversions

Please note:

  • Sometimes we need to close or divert trails for your safety whilst we undertake maintenance work or forest operations
  • Occasionally we may have to close a site in extreme weather, such as high winds or snow and ice due to the risk of injury to visitors or staff
  • Please always follow any instructions onsite and make sure you follow any temporary diversion signs in place 

Walking trails

 Walks from Cors Caron car park


All of the walking trails are waymarked and start from the main car park. 

Circular Boardwalk

1.6 miles, 2.6 kilometres

The boardwalk offers a circular route over the south-east bog. It passes by the observation building where you can enjoy a peaceful view of the landscape and wildlife. The boardwalk is fully accessible.

Riverside Walk

4.4 miles/7 kilometres

This circular route passes through the heart of Cors Caron. Please note that no dogs are allowed on this walk and that it is occasionally closed due to flooding or reserve management work.

Ystwyth Trail

3.7 miles/6 kilometres

A 6 kilometre section of the Ystwyth Trail, a National Cycle trail, runs along the edge of the reserve. It follows an old railway track and walkers share the route with cyclists and horse riders.

Accessibility information

The fully accessible circular boardwalk route runs for 1.1 miles (1.7 kilometres) over the south-east bog.

The access to the boardwalk is 450 metres from the main car park along a fully accessible path (the total distance of the return route is 1.6 miles/2.6kilometres).

The route goes past the entrance to an observation building where you can enjoy a peaceful view of the reserve and its wildlife.

There are passing and resting places along the way.

There is some seating along the boardwalk and in the observation building.

There are accessible toilets in the main car park.

Find out more

Opening times

The toilets are open at all times.

How to get here 

Map on how to get to Cors Caron National Nature Reserve 

Cors Caron National Nature Reserve is about two miles north of Tregaron on the B4343. 

The OS grid reference for the main car park is SN 692 625. 

Download the location map.

Directions

The main car park is on the B4343 from Tregaron (OS grid reference SN 692 625).

There is also a small amount of car parking in a lay-by off the B4343 north of Maesllyn Farm (OS grid reference SN 695 631) and at Ystrad Meurig Station Yard, off the B4340 (OS grid reference SN 711 673).

Car parking is free of charge.

Public transport

The nearest train station is in Aberystwyth.

The 585 and 588 buses between Aberystwyth and Lampeter stop in Tregaron. For details of public transport visit http://www.traveline.cymru/ 

Contact details

Tel: 0300 065 3000 

Email: enquiries@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk

Related document downloads

Cors Caron location map PDF [548.2 KB]

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