Running for 60-odd miles up and down wave-washed headlands, along sweeping bays and through weathered fishing villages, this is one of Wales' classic walks. At a moderate pace, it takes around a week to complete, with plenty of accommodation available along the way. Several commercial operators offer luggage-haulage services (try http://walkalongway.com or www.luggagetransfers.co.uk).
A sensible six-day itinerary would see you stopping overnight in Aberporth (12 miles from Cardigan), New Quay (14 miles), Aberaeron (6.5 miles), Llanrhystud (7.5 miles), Aberystwyth (11 miles) and Borth (12 miles); each has its own sandy beach to relax on at the end of the day. The truly hardcore enthusiast could tack this onto the end of the 13- to 15-day Pembrokeshire Coastal Path – a total of 249 continuous coastal miles.
The Cardi Bach bus (552) covers the coast between Cardigan and New Quay year-round, making it easy to split this stretch into day-long walks.