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Cors Caron National Nature Reserve, near Tregaron

Accessible boardwalk over vast raised bog, cycle route and riverside walk

Cors Caron wetlands

What's here

Accessible facilities
Dogs welcome
Nature
Parking
Parking (accessible)
Picnic area
Toilets
Walking trail

Overview

Cors Caron National Nature Reserve is a vast area of wetland filling the broad valley of the River Teifi near Tregaron.

The reserve includes three raised bogs - areas of deep peat that have built up over the last 12000 years.

The raised bogs are surrounded by a complex and unique mix of habitats - reedbeds, wet grasslands, woodland and rivers, streams and ponds.

The variety of habitats makes this reserve a fantastic place for wildlife and its ever-changing shades of red, brown and yellow provide a rich counterpoint to the green of the surrounding hills.

Despite first appearances, there has been human habitation here from the earliest times and the bog itself was, for centuries, at the heart of the area’s life and economy.

Peat was a vital fuel until the middle of the 20th century and you will find evidence of peat cutting everywhere.

National Nature Reserve

Cors CaronCors Caron is a National Nature Reserve. 

National nature reserves are places with some of the very finest examples of wildlife habitats and geological features. 

There are over 70 National Nature Reserves in Wales.

Find out more about National Nature Reserves.

Visiting Cors Caron

Boardwalk and benchThe fully accessible boardwalk goes over the south-east bog and to the large observation building where you can enjoy a peaceful view of the landscape and wildlife.

The circular Riverside Walk is a longer route which passes through the heart of Cors Caron

Walkers, cyclists and horse riders can also access a six kilometre section of the Ystwyth Trail, a National Cycle trail.

Walking trails

BoardwalkAll of the walking trails are waymarked and start from the main car park. 

Cors Caron Walk

miles, 2.6 kilometres, accessible

The boardwalk goes over the south-east bog. It passes by several benches and a large observation building with views of the landscape. It is fully accessible and has an all-weather surface.

Riverside Walk

miles, 7 kilometres, moderate

This circular route follows the river bank and goes through the heart of Cors Caron. can be muddy and wellington boots are recommended! Please note that no dogs are allowed on this walk and that it is occasionally closed due to flooding or reserve management work.

Old Railway Walk

miles, 6 kilometres (there and back), easy

This part linear route follows an old railway track along the edge of the reserve and is part of the Ystwyth Trail, a Sustrans National Cycle Trail from Tregaron to Aberystwyth. Walkers, cyclists and horse riders may use the trail.

 Walks from Cors Caron car park

Accessibility information

  • The fully accessible circular boardwalk route runs for 1.1 miles (1.7 kilometres) over the south-east bog.
  • The access to the boardwalk is 450 metres from the main car park along a fully accessible path (the total distance of the return route is 1.6 miles/2.6kilometres).
  • The route goes past the entrance to the observation building where you can enjoy a peaceful view of the reserve and its wildlife.
  • There are passing and resting places along the way.
  • There is some seating along the boardwalk and in the observation building.
  • There are accessible toilets in the main car park.

Opening times

The toilets are open at all times.

The Riverside Walk is occasionally closed due to flooding. Please note that no dogs are allowed on this walk.

Closures and diversions

Please note:

  • Sometimes we need to close or divert trails for your safety whilst we undertake maintenance work or forest operations
  • Occasionally we may have to close a site in extreme weather, such as high winds or snow and ice due to the risk of injury to visitors or staff
  • Please always follow any instructions onsite and make sure you follow any temporary diversion signs in place 

How to get here 

Cors Caron National Nature Reserve is about two miles north of Tregaron on the B4343. 

The OS grid reference for the main car park is SN 692 625. 

Car parking is free of charge.

Download the location map.

Map on how to get to Cors Caron National Nature Reserve 

Directions

Follow the brown and white tourism sign from the crossroads in Tregaron. The main car park is two miles from Tregaron on the B4343 towards Pontrhydfendigaid (OS grid reference SN 692 625).

There is also a small amount of car parking in a lay-by off the B4343 north of Maesllyn Farm (OS grid reference SN 695 631) and at Ystrad Meurig Station Yard, off the B4340 (OS grid reference SN 711 673).

Public transport

The nearest train station is in Aberystwyth.

Some buses between Aberystwyth and Lampeter stop in Tregaron, and the service from from Aberystwyth to Tregaron via Pontrhydfendigaid goes past Cors Caron.

For details of public transport visit Traveline Cymru's website.

Find out more

Contact details

Tel: 0300 065 3000 

Email: enquiries@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk

Related document downloads

Cors Caron location map PDF [535.3 KB]

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