Constitution Hill, Aberystwyth

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Constitution Hill
Aberystwyth Wales UK 1985.jpg
View of the promenade, Aberystwyth, 1985, with Constitution Hill rising above the seafront.
Highest point
Elevation102.108 metres (335 ft)
Coordinates52°25′30″N 4°4′58.8″W / 52.42500°N 4.083000°W / 52.42500; -4.083000
Native nameCraig-glais
PronunciationWelsh pronunciation: [kreɪg glæs]
Constitution Hill is located in Wales
Constitution Hill
Constitution Hill
Location within Wales
LocationCeredigion, Wales
Topo mapOS Explorer 213 - Aberystwyth & Cwm Rheidol
Easiest routeVia Aberystwyth Cliff Railway

Constitution Hill (Welsh: Craig-glais Welsh pronunciation: [kreɪg glæs]) is a hill and historic walking spot found at the northern end of the Aberystwyth promenade.

The hill overlooks Cardigan Bay in Ceredigion, Wales, running between the town and the coastal settlements Borth and Clarach to the north. The site provides good views of the Aberystwyth Grits and Craig-y-fulfran cliffs. The sightline extends as far as Snowdonia National Park and north Pembrokeshire.

Since 1896, the Aberystwyth Cliff Railway, originally the UK's longest funicular railway, has ascended to the hill's summit, upon which there remains a notable Victorian camera obscura, restaurant and small recreation area, known as 'Luna Park'.

At its peak runs the Clarach Footpath connecting the town of Aberystwyth with Clarach Bay. Nearby is the Borth – Clarach Site of Special Scientific Interest. The hill itself is known as "Consti" by some locals.

At the base of the hill is a famous apotropaic site, where people stop at a metal piece in the ground, and 'kick the bar'. Visitors use the sole of their foot to bring good fortune.[1]

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Coordinates: 52°25′30″N 4°04′59″W / 52.425°N 4.083°W / 52.425; -4.083