Black Covert Woodland, near Aberystwyth
Sheltered picnic site with riverside walk
Accessible boardwalk over vast raised bog, cycle route and riverside walk
The bird hide is closed and there is a one-way system on the boardwalk.
Our sites and most visitor facilities are open but, under the current coronavirus restrictions in Wales, this is intended only for the use of people who live locally.
You are strongly advised – in line with current Welsh Government regulations – not to drive to any of our sites to exercise unless you have specific health or mobility issues.
We have changed the normal route for some of our trails to help you maintain social distancing – please follow signs on site.
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.
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.
The 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 the Ystwyth Trail, a Sustrans National Cycle route.
All of the walking trails are waymarked and start from the main car park.
1½ miles, 2.6 kilometres, accessible
The boardwalk goes over some of the most impressive parts of the bog to a large hide with views of the landscape.
It is fully accessible with an all-weather surface and several benches.
4½ miles, 7.6 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!
6.5 miles, 10.5 kilometres (there and back), easy
This linear route follows an old railway track along the edge of the reserve and is part of the Ystwyth Trail, a Sustrans National Cycle route from Tregaron to Aberystwyth.
Walkers, cyclists and horse riders may use this trail.
Facilities for visitors with disabilities at Cors Caron include:
Please check the top of this page for any changes to these 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 the Riverside Walk.
Cors Caron National Nature Reserve is about two miles north of Tregaron on the B4343.
It is in the county of Ceredigion.
Cors Caron National Nature Reserve is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map 187 and 199.
The OS grid reference for the main car park is SN 692 625.
The main car park is two miles from Tregaron on the B4343 towards Pontrhydfendigaid (OS grid reference SN 692 625). Follow the brown and white tourism sign from the crossroads in Tregaron.
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).
The nearest mainline railway station is in Aberystwyth.
Some buses between Aberystwyth and Lampeter stop in Tregaron, and the service from Aberystwyth to Tregaron via Pontrhydfendigaid goes past Cors Caron.
For details of public transport visit Traveline Cymru's website.
Parking is free of charge.