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Sir Aberteifi
Location Map ( geo)
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Primary Destinations
Aberystwyth • Cardigan
Other Important Destinations
Aberaeron • Lampeter
Current Highway Authorities
Brecknockshire • Carmarthenshire • Merionethshire • Montgomeryshire • Pembrokeshire • Radnorshire
Welsh Government Roads
A44 • A487

Cardiganshire (Sir Aberteifi in Welsh) is one of the traditional counties of West Wales. The post-1888 county council was abolished in 1974. After nearly 20 years administered as part of Dyfed the area regained its own administration in 1995, albeit with the name Ceredigion. The traditional county town is Cardigan, although Aberystwyth also claims the honour and the county is currently administered from Aberaeron.

Geography & Economy

Devil's Bridge

Cardiganshire's borders are largely geographical, with the county running west-east from the sea to the Cambrian Mountains and north-south from the River Dovey to the River Teifi. Although the coastal area is relatively flat, the majority of the county is mountainous, including the massif of Plynlimon; the Rivers Severn, Wye and Rheidol all rise in this area making it one of the most important watersheds in the country. Traditional industries include farming and ore mining, although the latter has ceased. The sea has been important to Cardiganshire, with ports like Cardigan and New Quay being centres for shipbuilding; the former was one of the most important ports in the country. Although seafaring has declined New Quay and Aberystwyth are still important resorts. Cardiganshire is also a centre for learning: Britain's third oldest university outside Scotland was founded in Lampeter (it is now part of University of Wales Trinity St David) and Aberystwyth is home of the National Library of Wales.


The A487 at Aberarth

Roads in Cardiganshire are bound by the terrain. The flatter west of the county sees a road along the coast and others in the river valleys, with a reasonable network of Class II roads connecting them. However, there are few roads in the eastern mountains, with the A44 the only classified road to head east across them. The North and Mid Wales Trunk Road Agent maintains the county's two trunk roads: the A487 coast road and the A44 east into Montgomeryshire. Most non-trunk roads are maintained by Ceredigion County Council.

Route From To Length


A44 Oxford Aberystwyth 155 miles View
A475 Newcastle Emlyn Lampeter 19.2 miles View
A478 Cardigan Tenby 31.9 miles View
A482 Llanwrda Aberaeron 29.5 miles View
A484 Fforestfach, Swansea Cardigan 57.0 miles View
A485 Carmarthen Llanfarian 47.6 miles View
A486 Saron New Quay 17.1 miles View
A487 Haverfordwest Menai Bridge 173.8 miles View
A4115 Aberaeron Lampeter 12.6 miles View
A4120 Ponterwyd Llanbadarn Fawr 14.7 miles View
A4159 Bow Street Lovesgrove Roundabout 2.1 miles View   
B4321 Llangrannog Pentregât 3.8 miles View
B4334 Llangrannog Henllan 11.1 miles View
B4337 Llanrhystud Talley 29.1 miles View
B4338 Llanybydder Synod Inn 11.5 miles View
B4339 Ciliau Aeron Dihewyd 2.6 miles View
B4339 New Quay Ystrad Aeron 11.0 miles View
B4340 Southgate Pontrhydfendigaid 13.1 miles View
B4340 Aberaeron Lampeter 12.6 miles View
B4341 Bryn-goleu Llanrhystyd 10.9 miles View
B4342 New Quay Tregaron(S) 21.7 miles View
B4343 Dyffryn Castell Cwmann 24.7 miles View
B4344 Aberystwyth Ponterwyd 13.8 miles View
B4345 Bridge Street Aberystwyth railway station 0.2 miles View
B4345 Gwndwn goyn Parcllyn View
B4346 Bridge Street, Aberystwyth Northgate Street, Aberystwyth 0.93 miles View
B4353 Rhydypennau Tre'r-ddol 8.2 miles View
B4459 Pencader(S) Talgarreg 13.1 miles View
B4459 Bow Street Capel Dewi 2.1 miles View
B4476 Llandysul Pren-gwyn 2.3 miles View
B4548 Cardigan Gwbert 3.1 miles View
B4570 Cardigan Cwm-cou 8.2 miles View
B4571 Newcastle Emlyn Ffostrasol 6.1 miles View
B4572 Aberystwyth Borth 4.9 miles View
B4574 Devil's Bridge Pont-rhyd-y-groes(E) 5.7 miles View
B4575 Llanilar Trawsgoed 3.1 miles View
B4576 Hafod Glan-mad 14.5 miles View
B4577 Tyncelyn Aberath 13.6 miles View
B4578 Tyncelyn Llanio 4.1 miles View
B4581 Penparcau Llanbadarn Fawr 0.9 miles View
B4624 Cwmmeudwy Pont Tyweli 1.9 miles View     
T81 Fishguard Bangor View
T82 Newtown Aberystwyth View


Primary Route
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Former Motorway
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E Road
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Historical Route
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Roman Road
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National Cycle Network
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Eurovelo Cycle Route


Main Article: Junctions in Cardiganshire

Bridges, Tunnels, and other Crossings

Main Article: Crossings in Cardiganshire

Related Pictures
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AA Call Box At Devil's Bridge - Geograph - 273779.jpgStopped at the Ynyslas level crossing (C) Bill Boaden - Geograph - 2292802.jpgVale of Rheidol Railway (C) John Lucas - Geograph - 659211.jpgLevel crossings on A4120 (C) John Firth - Geograph - 3558246.jpgCwm Rheidol railway (C) Nigel Callaghan - Geograph - 25293.jpg
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