Borth was originally a fishing hamlet, local church records date back to the 1300’s. Herring was the lifeblood of the local people and was so important to the area’s economy that a herring is included in the county of Ceredigion’s coat of arms. Nowadays, Borth is known for its stunning award-winning sandy beach, which, at over three miles is the longest in Ceredigion. Its friendly atmosphere and its easy access to some of Wales’ most spectacular tourist attractions make it an ideal base. In the summer, with patience, it's sometimes possible to spot Bottlenose dolphins, Harbour porpoise and even Atlantic Grey Seals out in the bay. The village boasts a railway station, various shops, several pubs and cafés and much more. At the Northern end of the beach is the impressive Ynyslas sand dune system and nature reserve, with spectacular views across the Dyfi estuary to the nearby village of Aberdyfi. A visit to the local tourist information centre in Aberystwyth is a must to reveal the true wealth of what can be found in Borth and the surrounding area, but below is a flavour of whats on offer, use the links on the right for more information.
Just two minutes’ walk from the park is Borth golf club. Established in 1885, this 18-hole golf course has a strong claim as the oldest course in Wales. If you fancy a change there is also a 9-hole course in Capel Bangor, an 18-hole championship course in Aberystwyth and pitch-and-putt / crazy golf by Aberystwyth Castle. All of these courses offer tuition and have club houses serving food and drink. There is something for everyone interested in trying their hand at golf.
Eight miles North of Borth is Ynyshir RSPB Nature Reserve where the television programme Springwatch was hosted. Nearby at Cors Dyfi is the Dyfi Osprey Project, where an osprey bred for the first time in 2011. Borth bog is a little-known haven of a myriad of flora and fauna, definitely the place to go for people interested in beautiful and rare plants and animals. Wales’ most iconic bird the red kite is never far away.
Golden Sands Holiday Park is the perfect place for walkers to have their holiday home. Set in the middle of the Cardigan Bay coastline you will never be far away from your favourite walks. The Ceredigion Coastal Path is a must for anyone interested in walking. It gives you the opportunity to observe a large diversity of coastal features including sand dunes, storm beaches and sea caves, as well as spectacular views of the Welsh coast. The Borth to Pontrhydfendigaid walk is perfect for those who fancy a longer distance walk. The 32 mile linear walk gives you the chance to experience the “highs and lows” of Ceredigion as it goes through some of the most historic and picturesque landscape in Wales. If you feel like going further afield then why not make a visit to Snowdonia National Park. Just under an hour away from Golden Sands this area of Wales offers spectacular views and lots of varied walking for hikers of all abilities.
Golden Sands Holiday Park is the perfect place for your holiday home if you are interested in fishing. The area offers a wide range of fishing opportunities. From sea fishing along the Ceredigion coast to river fishing in the Dyfi and beyond, there is something for everyone, so, whatever you fancy fishing, you can be sure it won’t be too far away from Golden Sands. For people interested in sea fishing further afield, angling trips and boat charter are available from several nearby harbour towns. Aberystwyth also has an angling association which welcomes novice and experienced anglers and has a wealth of knowledge about fishing in the area.
The university town of Aberystwyth has a wide variety of things to see and do. The Farmer’s Market is held here every first and third Saturday of the month and there is a variety of locally produced fresh foods. Constitution Hill is home to the longest electric cliff railway in Britain and the world’s largest camera obscura.
The weekly market is held every Wednesday and has stalls with speciality cheeses, household goods, jewellery and much more. Machynlleth was the seat of Owain Glyndwr’s first Welsh Parliament in 1404 and has since claimed itself to be the “ancient capital of Wales”. Just outside Machynlleth is the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), an education and visitor centre which demonstrates practical solutions for sustainability.