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An untamed mix of raised bog, reedbed, wet grassland, ponds, streams and patches of woodland
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. These include 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.
Work is underway to restore the landscape to its original condition, so that new peat grows and the rich habitats that it supports are secured.
There are two circular walks at Cors Caron:
You can also access a six kilometre section of the Ystwyth Trail, a National Cycle trail. This follows an old railway track along the edge of the reserve.
Cors 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.
All of the walking trails are waymarked and start from the main car park.
1.6 miles, 2.6 kilometres
The boardwalk offers a circular route over the south-east bog. It passes by the observation building where you can enjoy a peaceful view of the landscape and wildlife. The boardwalk is fully accessible.
4.4 miles/7 kilometres
This circular route passes through the heart of Cors Caron. Please note that no dogs are allowed on this walk and that it is occasionally closed due to flooding or reserve management work.
3.7 miles/6 kilometres
A 6 kilometre section of the Ystwyth Trail, a National Cycle trail, runs along the edge of the reserve. It follows an old railway track and walkers share the route with cyclists and horse riders.
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 an 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.
The toilets are open at all times.
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.
The main car park is on the B4343 from Tregaron (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).
Car parking is free of charge.
The nearest train station is in Aberystwyth.
The 585 and 588 buses between Aberystwyth and Lampeter stop in Tregaron. For details of public transport visit http://www.traveline.cymru/
Tel: 0300 065 3000
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