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Woodland walk with coastal views and carpets of bluebells in spring
Just a short drive from Aberystwyth, Gogerddan is an easy to find picnic site with a woodland walk.
This ancient woodland was once part of the wealthy lead-mining Gogerddan estate.
The estate was broken up in the 1940s and the mansion and other buildings are now home to one of the institutes of Aberystwyth University.
The woodland has some beautiful old trees including oak, sweet chestnut and lime.
In spring, there is a stunning display of bluebells along with other seasonal flowers.
The picnic site is in a sheltered location by a stream and there is a short circular walking trail.
The walking trail is waymarked and starts from the car park.
1½ miles, 2.4 km, moderate
The Gogerddan Walk climbs its way up from the car park through the woodland. The route passes some beautiful veteran trees and carpets of bluebells in spring. There are many climbs and steep descents along the way as well as several viewpoints with glimpses of Cardigan Bay.
Gogerddan woodland is 3 miles north east of Aberystwyth.
Parking is free of charge at this car park.
Follow the A44 from Aberystwyth towards Llangurig. Turn left at a roundabout onto the A4159 for Machynlleth. After going through Capel Dewi, turn right at the crossroads at the bottom of the hill for Penrhyncoch. Go past huge greenhouses on the right and a row of houses on the left. The car park is on the left immediately after the last house.
The OS grid reference is SN 634 837.
The nearest train station is in Aberystwyth.
The bus service from Aberystwyth to Penrhyncoch stops at the Aberystwyth University entrance, very near to Gogerddan woodland car park.
For details of public transport visit the Traveline Cymru website.
Tel: 0300 065 3000
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