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Astronomy Tourism Trail

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Ty Mari and the night sky. Down the road is an international dark sky park site at The Arch.

A new ‘astro-tourism’ trail has been created in the Cambrian Mountains linking six new locations awarded a ‘dark sky’ status, including The Arch, close to Welsh Hideaways between Devil’s Bridge and Cwmystwyth.

Ystwyth cycle trail listed in 10 best cycle paths.

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The Guardian writes: In the 1860s, the dream of the owners of the Manchester and Milford Railway was to link the cotton mills of Lancashire with the port of Milford Haven. Their ambitious plans were knocked off course by the mighty Cors Caron peat bog and the Cambrian mountains beyond. In the end, they succeeded merely in connecting Milford with Aberystwyth. The Ystwyth Trail follows the northern end of this sidetracked venture, which eventually closed in 1965. The creators of the cycle path have similarly been derailed at the southern end, where the trail is pushed off the track bed and on to roads from time to time. However, it still makes for a cracking ride: leaving the coastal resort of Aberystwyth, the path follows the banks of the Afon Ystwyth before dropping south along the Teifi to Tregaron.

Green Ceredigion!

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Yes, besides the great recycling achievement, the Council aims for Ceredigion to be a net zero carbon local authority by 2030. Their exciting plan also targets reducing carbon emissions by a further 15% by 2023.

Keeping Ceredigion beautiful!

Welsh Hideaways fully supports these plans and over the next few years, will be taking further steps in support of this. At present all the electricity used by our cottages comes from 100% renewable sources. Thank you Ceredigion Herald for keeping us well informed.

Worried sheep!

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There has been a significant increase in dog worrying this year, especially around Elan. In 2018 there were lambs killed by spaniels, terriers and a Labrador. It is so important that dogs are kept on a lead when they could access fields or hillside with sheep or cattle grazing.

Ceredigion’s clean air matches the best in Wales

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The Council informs us that the 2018 Ceredigion Air Quality Strategy Progress Report has shown that air quality standards are compliant with The Environment Act 1995. The report was approved by the council’s Cabinet in a meeting on 19 February 2019.

Air quality is monitored for four key air pollutants, and results are compared with quality standards. Trends show that the concentrations of some of the air pollutants are falling in Ceredigion. This can be seen in Aberystwyth, where levels of nitrogen dioxide are falling at road-sides and hot-spots.

Councillor Gareth Lloyd is the Cabinet member responsible for Public Protection. He said, “People have long come to Ceredigion for beautiful scenery and fresh air. We now have the data to show that Ceredigion is one of the best places for air quality in Wales.”

“Council Carbon emissions have fallen by almost 45% since 2007 and we are dedicated to making sure that we reduce it even further.”

Aberystwyth has some of the best historical sites in West Wales

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Aberystwyth beach and pier

As the Royal Commission on Ancient Monuments in Wales reports, boasting of a Iron Age hill fort, ruined medieval castle, Gothic and Neo Gothic architecture, Victorian and Edwardian buildings, Funicular RailwayMuseum, the The National Library of WalesCeredigion Archives, a harbour, Celtic crosses and not forgetting the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, Aberystwyth is undoubtedly home to some of the best historical sites in west Wales.

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