A life less complicated

Having reached a crossroads in my life I am choosing to step off the treadmill that is my busy life and take time out to travel.  On October 5th 2017 I set off with my Springer Poppy in our motorhome (subsequently swapped for a caravan) ‘freedombird’ initially to explore the remote beauty of the UK coastline and then – well let’s see……

For our earlier adventures in Cornwall from October 5th 2017 to February 10th 2018 click here Cornish times

Cwm-yr-Eglwys – what a find…..

Another grey day, a bit of damp in the air but not enough to stop our travels. A bit of a long drive today as we had to pick up where we left off from St David’s, from where we got as far as Fishguard and Lower Town. Our first port of call was Pwllgwaelod, a little shingle and greyish sand cove (it was high tide when we arrived) just a half a mile walk from Bryn-henllan where we left the car.

The beach was deserted so Poppydog got some off lead time, chasing stones before we took a stroll through the valley that separates Dinas Island (now an headland) from the mainland and found the lovely little hamlet of Cwm-yr-Eglwys (pronounced koomer egg lewis!!!) at the other end.

This would be a great place to rent a cottage, with the fabulous sheltered bay for swimming, kayaking etc. all on your doorstep (literally). The water was lovely and clear and though the beach was mostly shingle with patches of dark sand, I for one would be quite happy sat with a good book or just watching the world go by. It was clearly quite popular and as you can see at high tide very little beach to go around and strangely the beach front is a disused graveyard with the remains of an ancient church all that was left after the Pembrokeshire coastline was hit by terrible storms in 1859 (the Royal Charter Storm).

With a last look out across the bay, it was time to follow the track back up to the car.

Our next stop was Newport the small Pembrokeshire town it the big dirty city we visited earlier in the year! We found a lay-by to park in along the banks of the River Nevern and followed the gentle footpath along the Bank to the mouth of the estuary.

The main, lovely long sandy beach is on the opposite side of the estuary to the town but at low tides it is possible to easily wade across.

On the town side there were numerous pebbly coves allowing easy access to the water and you clearly have to own a kayak to live here!

Rather than head round to the sandy beach, we decided to follow the coastal path, heading back towards Cwm-yr-Eglwys and enjoyed stunning views across the bay.

Another nice little place especially for pottering on the water or walking.

We had planned to pop down to see Cardigan Bay also on this trip, however today was their ‘Carnival’ so we thought again!!

Two thoughts of the day:

TV reception is pretty poor this evening, not sure why as it isn’t windy or wet?

Not too impressed that the nights are noticeably drawing in.

A walk into Aberaeron…..

Cloudy, breezy, almost nippy but dry, though it is just now trying to rain! We decided to take one of the site recommended walks (unfortunately I left my phone behind so photos will be added at a later stage!) which involved a few minutes drive in the car to join up with the disused railway track walk from NT property Llanerchaeron to Aberaeron. A nice level walk along the banks of the river Aeron through woodland and open field which brings you out up above Aberaeron. From here the footpath follows a steep (downhill) lane to the town.

The town is quite busy with both main roads running through the centre and rather madly allowing cars to park on one side of the main road making it single track through- which makes no sense at all and makes for quite a bit of unnecessary congestion. Also, all around the harbour and seafront there is plenty of charged parking, but also quite a bit of free roadside parking which causes a continuous line of traffic trying to find that elusive free parking space and somewhat adding to the overall congestion – Put me on the local council for a week or two – I’ll soon get it sorted!!

The houses and shops are all painted in different colours, but somehow as they are mostly rows of small terraced properties it doesn’t quite work – well for me anyway.

The long North Beach is rock (sea defence) backed but mostly stony with little patches of fine gravel rather than sand, backed with a long walkway making it a pleasant place for a stroll. Stroll we did before getting a hot chocolate to enjoy whilst throwing stones on the beach for Poppydog to chase. The sea was rather rough today and quite silted, not sure if this is typical but it didn’t look very inviting!

Not overly impressed as I think you can tell, but a pleasant enough walk for a so so day!

Two thoughts of the day:

Always remember to take phone!!!

Yet again the best of the weather appears before the school holidays – time for change?

A walk to Little Quay Bay….

Well as forecast, the sun was back today, not as warm as it has been with quite a stiff breeze blowing but sunny!! After catching up with the washing, we set off through the lanes on the 3.5 mile walk down to our nearest beach – Little Quay Bay. The lanes were very peaceful and most of the way we could see the sea in the distance, which is always a bonus and it was mostly down hill which is fine but… And there it was…

A lovely wide crescent shaped beach, with a mix of stones, dry sand and then as the tide recedes more pebbly sand. It wasn’t too busy as there was very little parking and it is miles from anywhere, so I imagine it would be a great beach to bring the dog out of the school holidays. As it was we stayed a while – Poppydog chasing stones and me people and sea watching until we were ready to make the gradual climb back home.

We wandered along the coastal path for a while and then picked up a little used footpath to eventually join up with the lanes back to site and a well earned sit down and glass of wine. It is a tough life!!

On the way back I was mesmerised by this bird of prey hunting overhead.

Two thoughts of the day:

Nothing like air dried clean bed linen!

Will look up the bird of prey later.

Cwmtydu and why not?….

Well day one of our new adventure, started damp and mizzog!! It dried up at lunchtime so we made a break for it, waterproofs to hand, and drove to Cwmtydu, a tiny little hamlet, down a steep single track (with grass growing through the middle!) lane. It was surprisingly busy (well not busy but I expected it to be deserted) with just one space left in the beach front parking. Not the prettiest cove, mostly stony with a fresh water pond at the back but as there were quite a few dogs already playing on the beach and in the pool, we decided to take a walk up and along the coastal path first.

After quite a steep climb the path levelled out to quite a wide expanse of grassland, interspersed with heathers and ferns with great views in either direction.

In front of us another little cove with its own island – Castle Bach Beach – this one was similarly stony but too much of a scramble for us to attempt.

Over the next headland was another little cove, Pen-y-Graig, quite accessible but with a football toting family in situ so we passed it by!

Back on the flat ground above Castle Bach we settled awhile, well I did, Poppydog chased a ball around and around and around…. look at the range of colours in this view!

When we returned the beach was a bit quieter so we played with stones for awhile.

And took a wander through the village, before it started to rain again and we headed back to site.

Two thoughts of the day:

You do need to have sand on a beach to make it special don’t you think?

How funny is this – my neighbours here on site are the wardens from St David’s site where we were a month ago!

Moving on to Ceredigion….

Well our time in Pembrokeshire has drawn to a close and at the minute it is up there with Cornwall for beaches but as they say ‘the world is young’, so let’s see.

A miserable start to the day, but it dried up for us to pack away and get on the move. The journey was uneventful driving across country up to the west coast if a bit bouncy (I thing the A478 is due a resurfacing!) and all was going well until we missed our turning! The Sat Nav had decided we would take the next turning but the Caravan Club advice was to take the one we had just passed – so next dilemma how to do a u-turn with the caravan on the back? I pulled into a couple of lay-bys but, no the road was still not wide enough to do it in one and too busy to risk manoeuvring so in the end we found an empty garage forecourt large enough to turn in! Only 12 miles added to the journey – could have been worse! By the time we were in and settled the sun had come out so we went for a walk.

Around the lanes we came upon this pretty hamlet of Oakford with it’s stone cottages.

Excited but not too hopeful that we will better Pembrokeshire.

Two thoughts of the day:

Double check Sat Nav before setting off!

Where has the heatwave gone?