Ceredigion is an extensive county in mid Wales (440,630 acres (1783 km²)). A partly coastal county, it is bordered by Cardigan Bay to the west (part of the Irish Sea), Gwynedd to the north, Powys to the east, Carmarthenshire to the south, and Pembrokeshire to the south-west. Population 64,000. It corresponds more-or-less to the historic county of Cardiganshire.
Towns and villages
- Aberporth (one of Ceredigions favourite escapes)
- New Quay
- Newcastle Emlyn (partly in Carmarthenshire)
The Welsh-language name Ceredigion means 'Land of Ceredig', who was a son of Cunedda, a chieftain who reconquered much of Wales from the Irish around the fifth century CE.
Aside from the long coastline on Cardigan Bay, much of Cardiganshire is dominated by the Cambrian Mountains.
There are two mainline railway stations in Ceredigion; Aberystwyth and Borth. From these stations passengers can catch trains to Birmingham and Shrewsbury. Services are provided by Arriva Trains Wales on the Cambrian Line.
- Aberystwyth, the terminus of the line, the station is on the outskirts of the town. A short walk from the station is the idyllic seafront. A typical Victorian seafront, with large houses overlooking the beach.
- Borth, the next stop from Aberystwyth. Located just off the main road which runs parallel to the beach. Beach side amenities are typical of a British resort, cafes and shops sell buckets, spades, body boards, tea, coffee and sandwiches. Free public toilets are a very short walk from the station on the main road.