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Scenic Walks by Water Near Aberystwyth

Scenic Walks by Water Near Aberystwyth - Walking by water is good for the soul. Glorious views are good too. Combine walking by water and fabulous views to get a double benefit! 

Mawddach Estuary

We recently enjoyed a fabulous walk along a section of the Mawddach Trail when we were staying in Aberdovey. This super walk is flat and easy and just 9.5 miles (15km). The route is along the disused railway track on the southern edge of the spectacular Mawddach estuary.

Whilst the trail can be joined at several points it officially starts at the picturesque market town of Dolgellau. At the end, you cross the iconic railway bridge over the mouth of the estuary into Barmouth. The day we did the walk, there were lots of cyclists using it too, but the path is wide enough to share! What we loved about it was the views across the water and the history.

Directly across the estuary you can see the hills which were at the centre of the Welsh Gold Rush in the 19th century. Gold was discovered in the area when prospectors were drilling for copper in 1834. Many mines were opened with fortune seekers flooding the area from 1860 to 1902. Welsh gold found here is renowned for its brilliant light colour. It is traditionally used for wedding rings for our royal family.

Scenic Walks by Water Near Aberystwyth - Mawddach Estuary
Scenic Walks by Water Near Aberystwyth - Borth to Aberystwyth

Borth to Aberystwyth

A while ago, we stayed in Borth, just south of Aberdovey and walked from there to Aberystwyth.  The walk along the coast isn’t too difficult. It is a bit up and down due to the cliffs, but it is only about 6 miles (9.5km).

On a beautiful day you can see for miles across the water and if you are really lucky you may see wildlife in the water.  Although you could walk to Aberystwyth, have a coffee or lunch and then walk back again, we decided to catch the train back.

This was where the fun started, we realised that neither of us had any money on us - our wallet and purse were in Borth! There was no way I was going to walk all the way back, so we popped into a local branch of our bank, explained our predicament and incredibly they gave us enough cash for lunch and a train ticket each!

It must have our lucky day, we saw dolphins that day from the pier at Aberystwyth too.

Borth Beach and Ynyslas Nature Reserve

The last walk I want to share is along the beach at Borth to the petrified forest and nature reserve. The submerged forest is usually visible at a very low tide. The stumps of the oak, pine, birch, willow and hazel trees have been stripped back by tides and waves for thousands of years. They are a stunning sight.

The trees, which are thought to have died around 1500BC, have been preserved by the acid conditions in the peat of the land and are the stuff of legends and songs.

Beyond them are the sand dunes and the Ynyslas Nature Reserve. This is the feeding ground for thousands of wading birds and the home for some rare plants and insects. We loved it when we visited although I must warn you, it can be incredibly windy up on the dunes. Parts of the dunes may be roped off in spring and early summer to protect rare ring plover eggs, which are laid directly on the sand.  When you look out to sea, you may see dolphins.

We saw neither eggs nor dolphins that day, but we did have a brilliant, memorable time.

Scenic Walks by Water Near Aberystwyth - Borth Beach and Ynyslas Nature Reserve

Of course you could do the Aberystwyth Murder Mystery much of which is by water. What are your favourite walks by water? We’d love to hear about them.

22nd November 2016

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Treasure Trails Take on New Meaning with a Fitbit

I wonder how many of you, dear readers were given a FITBIT for Christmas. A Fitbit is the latest in measuring how many steps you take in a day, how far you walk, what your heart rate is doing and other fascinating and interesting things that you do in a normal day.  There are nine different types of Fitbit and the company claims there is a Fitbit tracker for you whether you want to use heart rate to take your fitness to the next level or just want to see how your steps add up each day.

Treasure Trails Take on New Meaning with a FitbitAt the moment I just want to see how my steps add up and am finding it quite fascinating.  Since 28th December, I have walked a total distance of 92 miles and I’ve climbed 659 floors! I do think that seeing the stats drives some behaviour as I will often walk upstairs just to get another number added to the total floors climbed! And I am excited that I am on track for walking 1000 miles in a 12 month period – that’s just 19 and a bit miles a week and so far this year I have achieved that. I do have a walking weekend booked in April and a walking holiday to look forward to later in the year. I also have several excuses lined up as to why I haven’t walked more so far….

We love statistics

Week

TOTAL STEPS

TOTAL DISTANCE

TOTAL FLOORS CLIMBED

28 Dec – 3 Jan 2016

38,112

16.81

85

4 – 10 Jan 2016

31,081

13.71

51

11 – 17 Jan 2016

10,699

4.2

11

25 – 31 Jan 2016

54,405

24

139

1 – 7 Feb 2016

51,713

22.81

95

08 – 14 Feb 2016

34,231

15.10

95

15 – 21 Feb 2016

56,220

24.84

183

TOTAL

276,461

92.66

659

AVERAGE

36,707

19

79

Choose a Treasure Trail

With a fitbit on your wrist, you may have an incentive to walk more and what better way to walk without even realising you are doing it – is to tackle a Treasure Trail!

Most of the Treasure Trails we have in the catalogue are approximately two miles long and that equates to around 5,000 steps – depending of course on the size of your steps!

The government used to recommend that we all try and walk 10,000 steps a day, now they are suggesting 30 minutes of aerobic activity a day which is less steps, but you need to walk faster!!

Either way if you have an interest in keeping fit, then we think you should plan to do at least one Treasure Trail at the weekends, in half terms and holidays and strap on a fitbit or other kind of pedometer and get your average steps in a week up higher.

We would love to hear how you get on and how many steps you take to do a Treasure Trail. Contact us through the website or facebook or comment below! 

2nd March 2016

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