Wales Coastal Path

Ceredigion Coast Path, day 7

May 5, 2016 0 Comments
Ceredigion Coast Path, day 7

In Tre’r Ddôl I lock the car and tie up my boots, while the others make for the bus stop.  Walking over the bridge I look up and see the bus is already there and about to leave.  I have to break into a run to catch it.  C explains that the driver – Lloyds […]

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Gwynedd Coast Path, day 1

May 1, 2016 0 Comments
Gwynedd Coast Path, day 1

It’s early afternoon.  The Lloyds Coaches bus from Aberdyfi lets us off in a lay-by, near a school on the outskirts of Tywyn.  We’re on Neptune Road.  Somewhere ‘over there’ is the town centre, and ‘over here’ is the sea.  We head for the latter, past the terminus of the Tal-y-llyn railway and some low, […]

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Swansea Coast Path, day 5

March 20, 2016 0 Comments
Swansea Coast Path, day 5

A spring morning.  Six paces from the car and we’re standing, four of us, on the beach at Oxwich.  Calm sea, a light airflow from the south east, and, best of all, sun – a star banished from sight during the darkest, warmest, wettest winter in memory. Our only mistake is neglecting to notice the […]

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Pembrokeshire Coast Path, day 20

December 5, 2015 0 Comments
Pembrokeshire Coast Path, day 20

8:30am on a dark December Friday, and we’re driving west, three of us. Rain, unforecast, runs into us from the west. The stub of a rainbow over St Clears soon erases itself. At Llanddowror the Tâf has burst its banks and flooded dozens of fields, metres deep. Everywhere the land is bloated with the rains […]

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Pembrokeshire Coast Path, day 19

September 15, 2015 0 Comments
Pembrokeshire Coast Path, day 19

By chance we’ve hit upon the only week of the year with sustained high pressure and settled dry weather. But today they’re due to come to an end, and we’ve planned the final day of our south Pembrokeshire week as a half-day walk, from Neyland to Pembroke, in case of rain in the late afternoon. […]

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Pembrokeshire Coast Path, day 18

September 15, 2015 0 Comments
Pembrokeshire Coast Path, day 18

H. has a day off, and C. and I tackle the section west of Angle. We take the same bus to Pembroke and minibus to Angle. The same south-east wind blows, but it’s a fine sunny day, as we walk round the coast between Angle’s two bays. We pass the ancient Old Point House inn, […]

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Pembrokeshire Coast Path, day 17

September 15, 2015 0 Comments
Pembrokeshire Coast Path, day 17

Today C., H. and I open up a new walking front. We take the service bus to Pembroke and then the Coastal Cruiser to Angle. It’s a cloudier day, with a strong south-east wind to walk into. At the bus stop in Pembroke we meet a young student from Finland. She’s about to start a […]

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Pembrokeshire Coast Path, day 16

September 15, 2015 0 Comments
Pembrokeshire Coast Path, day 16

After breakfast I visit Manorbier Church, high on a hill opposite the castle. It doesn’t open officially until 9:30, but a woman comes to the door as I try its door handle and invites me in. She’ll leave me alone now, she says, and departs. Perhaps I’m looking spiritually needy. Like all churches in this […]

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Pembrokeshire Coast Path, day 15

September 15, 2015 0 Comments
Pembrokeshire Coast Path, day 15

Today we’re joined by M. and his binoculars. Again we start from the Bosherston car park, though this time, thanks to M., we escape having to pay the National Trust’s hefty parking fee. Down through the lily ponds again, but by the northern route and across two low bridges. From Broad Haven we turn east […]

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Pembrokeshire Coast Path, day 14

September 15, 2015 0 Comments
Pembrokeshire Coast Path, day 14

Manorbier, according to Giraldus Cambrensis, is the pleasantest place in the whole of Wales. He was not impartial, since he was born there in the Castle, but on a warm sunny morning in September it’s hard to disagree. A cottage in the village is our base for a walking week in south Pembrokeshire, and four […]

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