The Great Outdoors

A woman running on the beach at sunset

If you’re into being outdoors Aberystwyth offers another world of sporting opportunity that’s truly unique. We’re a seaside town where beach life and water sports are part of many students’ lives, but we also have the Cambrian Mountains on our doorstep, as well as three National Parks within easy reach.


Mountain Biking

Mountain biking is very popular in Aberystwyth because of the excellent trails in the area. Bwlch Nant-yr-Arian is our nearest centre, but the ‘Mach Trails’ and Coed y Brenin are also easy to get to.

Contact the Mountain Biking Club or visit the Mountain Biking Wales web site for more information.

Climbing & Mountaineering

The Sports Centre has a climbing wall which is excellent for training & developing technique, but the real thing is not far away. There’s bouldering and climbing not far to the east of Aberystwyth, and of course plenty of opportunity in Snowdonia to the north.

Contact the Aberystwyth Mountaineering Club (AMC) for more information.


Aberystwyth has its own surfing spot just off South Beach called ‘The Trap’ but there are also lots more good surfing locations up and down the west Wales coast.

Contact the Union’s Activities Office for details of the Aber Surf club.


Aberystwyth’s marina has over 160 berths and is home to the University Sailing Club which has its own boat house. There’s also good sailing to be had inland on Bala and Clywedog lakes.

Contact the Union’s Activities Office for details of the Aberystwyth University Sailing Club.