"I never thought I would be able to do this ever again"
Access to stunning stretches of coastline should not be the exclusive domain of the able-bodied. People confined to wheelchairs and families with small children who require push chairs should also be able to appreciate coastal views and cliff-top paths.
This 1km long, high quality surfaced path built to the wheelchair gradient standards laid out in 'By All Reasonable Means' was completed in 2009. The path begins at Headland Place where there are wheelchair friendly toilet facilities and parking but it can also be accessed from the disabled bays of the Brynseiol Chapel car park off Heol y Graig, all of which lie to the east of Aberporth Bay. The route follows the first part of a cliff top section of the Coast Path which runs to Tresaith and which affords spectacular views of the Ceredigion coastline and Cardigan Bay. There are wheelchair friendly picnic benches 100 metres and 1 Km (0.6 miles) from the car park. The sea off Aberporth has the highest level of dolphin sightings in the UK!
The tidal harbour at Aberaeron is at the centre of this picturesque town and circumnavigating it provides almost 1km of wheelchair access from either side of the harbour entrance. This includes crossing the River Aeron by the footbridge though it should be noted that a short detour from the most direct route is required on the southern side of the bridge to avoid a flight of steps. Accessibility also continues northwards from the harbour following the sea defence for a further 350 metres and ending at a car park.
The promenade at Aberystwyth stretches for 2km from the harbour entrance to Constitution Hill and passes two beaches along the way. It runs around two sides of Aberystwyth Castle, parts of which can also be accessed by wheelchair. The area between the pier and the bandstand is a bustling hive of activity throughout the summer months while sections below the castle walls remain remarkably quite.
On the south side of the harbour the new development of Y Lanfa provides another 400 metres of promenade which is a great place to watch the boating activity. This can be accessed by wheelchair from the southern side of the road bridge - Pont Aberystwyth.
A path without steps runs from the car park down to the beach on National Trust land at Mwnt, though the path is rather steep.
A short, level, wheelchair path runs from the car park along the top of the gabion sea defence at the back of Tresaith beach, providing a view of the beach and its headlands.