Abermawr to Pwllcochran…

Cloudy start to the day, but as per the last couple of days, the cloud gradually disappearing in the early afternoon. Today we were determined to not overshoot our destination and found a lay-by to park in about a mile above Abermawr. It was a pleasant walk along a leafy lane bringing you out just above the coastal path at Abermawr.

The tides were against us to make the best of this beach, which is sandy at low tide, but as we all know Poppydog prefers them to be stony- however we are on a mission today so she had to make do with short play, before we moved on. Just around a smallish headland is Aber-bach another stony beach, which also is apparently sandy at low tide.

We continued along the coastal path which was bordered by purple flowering heather and other pretty flowers as the terrain becomes increasingly rugged.

Past Porth Dwgan with its arch.

The cliffs are quite high along this stretch of the coast with most inlets unreachable but in the places where you can safely look almost straight down, quite breathtaking.

After a few more ups and downs we reached the large inlet of Pwllcochran, you can access this beach as the tide recedes but it is quite a clamber down, especially the last bit, aided by a rope – so we gave it a miss, much to Poppydog’s displeasure!

We contented ourselves with a sit up on the top and enjoyed the sun and far reaching views for about 10 minutes (Poppydog’s boredom threshold!) before taking a path inland, to complete our circular route.

Across the fields we came upon this infinity pool in the middle of nowhere so Poppydog enjoyed a good cooling swim and drink before we continued on our way.

Eventually the footpath lead us back to a lane off which some distance further along we had parked. The lane occasionally opened up some spectacular distant sea views.

Two thoughts of the day:

It is a shame when you know that you are not able to view a beach at its best – but hey ho I really do not have any grounds to complain!

There are still very few people around on these more remote excursions of ours.

A Marine Walk along the coast of Fishguard…..

A mostly cloudy day today, still warm and thankfully dry. Well Fishguard was not our original plan, but we overshot so Fishguard it was.

To be fair as you know we are not into towns so I cannot comment on Fishguard itself, however the park was all free so that is one very big positive. The large harbour has a smallish strip of stony beach, very pleasant, quiet and Poppydog friendly (there is a ban on part of the beach) but as the tide receded it just revealed very seaweedy stones so not a place for swimming! There is a very nice Marine Walk taking you along the coastline.

With lovely views out to the harbour wall and beyond.

The Ferry to Rosslare operates from here and we were lucky enough to be able to watch one on its way (we will hopefully be taking this Ferry in a few years time as we intend to explore the Irish coastline on our travels).

As you continue along the path you are totally unaware of any noise from the town perched up on the top behind you and as you venture around Saddle point you get the first glimpse of the old Quay at Lower Town.

A pretty little village of painted cottages gathered around the sheltered Quay.

We took a break here as the sun started to break through, Poppydog playing in the stream and me just enjoying a cup of tea and the tranquility of the place, before heading back the way we came.

Not a long walk but a very pleasant one, punctuated by some Poppydog time on the main beach before heading back to site.

Two thoughts of the day:

I hope we will continue to find peace and tranquility during the school holidays!

The site is emptying fast as all those that avoid the school holidays scuttle off home – let’s hope my plans of hiding away in small sites works!

Abercastle but for once there wasn’t one!….

It was actually raining when we got up today! What is that about? It did however stop around lunchtime by which time we were on our way to Abercastle, a little fishing village, with a small NT car park for about 6 cars and not a lot else.

As you can see it was still quite damp and misty, but we stuck with it – though no dip for Poppydog as the harbour looked pretty muddy! Up the coastal path we went, finding a little stony beach around the first corner, ideal for Poppydog to have a run around.

On we walked towards Porthgain, the weather gradually improving all the while and as ever the seascapes, with the protruding shards of rock offering a dramatic link to the sea way below.

In the rising mist the white cairn of Porthgain could just been seen in the distance (though not visible on the photo).

Before reaching Porthgain we took a footpath inland across ripe barley fields and some wheat field still showing a whole spectrum of colours before being ready to harvest.

We then cut back out towards the coastal path to take a look at Carreg Samson, a 5000 year old burial chamber excavated in 1996 – amazing!

From here we clambered back down to the coastal path and after a little play on the beach we returned to brilliant sunshine on site!

Two thoughts of the day:

There is no doubt that bright blue skies and deep blue seas make for better photos.

Have decided that the South Pembrokeshire Coast will have to wait for a re-run – it is all too beautiful to rush!

A walk from St David’s to St Non’s and Porth Clais….

A mostly cloudy day today, but still very warm with a pleasant coastal breeze. We had missed a little section of the coastal path in this area, so, as to not travel too far, we parked up in a residential area of St David’s and took the footpath across fields to join the coastal path just before St Non’s Bay. On the way we passed the St Non’s Retreat and Chapel, with spectacular uninterrupted views of the sea.

These were both couple constructed in modern times but overlook the site of the original St Non’s Chapel, that was built on the site of the little house that St Non gave birth to St David in about 500AD (a very long time ago!).

The well, that allegedly sits on the site of an ancient spring that sprung on the day St David was born is close by along with a shrine to St Non’s.

The well waters are supposed to have ‘restoring powers for infirmities’ – well time will tell as Poppydog jumped in for a little cool down on the way past!

St Non’s Bay is not accessible but dramatic non the less with this natural arch being covered at high tide.

We continued along the coastal path, found a suitable spot to sit for awhile and just enjoy the views and absolute peace (my kind of retreat!).

Further along we came upon Porth Ffynnon a little sandy cove only accessible by sea or extreme rock climbing!

From there it was a short hop around the headland down into Porth Clais and a much needed cool down for Poppydog before we made the return hike along an inland footpath across fields.

Two thoughts of the day:

Though not by any means a religious experience, I guess I am on a kind of retreat?

Watching those grasses gently waving in the breeze whilst sat at the edge of the coastal path, just reminded me of how much beauty there is around us and how lucky I am to have the time to enjoy it!

Porthgain to Abereiddy and amazing blue seas….

Another beautiful day in paradise – this really is how summer should be! We drove to Abereiddy intending to walk along the coastal path to Porthgain, however, I’m afraid, I refuse to pay £4 to park the car in an overflow car park (field!) way up the hill above Abereiddy, so we carried on to Porthgain and parked for free! Oh yes!

Porthgain is a pretty little harbour side village, buzzing with life on this beautiful day with plenty of alfresco dining places all looking pretty full, several art galleries and of course a couple of ice cream shops – well worth a visit if you are in the area. From the harbour we climbed up to the coastal path.

With views across the harbour to the north at the freshly painted Cairn.

Up on the top we followed the path past some spectacular seascapes and look at the colour of the sea!

The architectural beauty of this natural archway and this carpet of flowering thistles.

And then beneath us the stunning beach of Traeth Llyfn.

Further along we came upon the Bluepool, a disused quarry, which is deep enough even at low tides for those mad enough to use the natural platforms and ruins of the quarry works to jump into the water from great heights.

We watched the jumpers for awhile and then continued on to Abereiddy beach, a sheltered cove of shingle and sand with easy access for launching kayaks and from where coasteering can be experienced.

From here we turned back towards Porthgain for a much needed cold drink and sit in the shade, to cool down a bit before heading back to site.

Two thoughts of the day:

Many of the nicest beaches we have seen have been those that are only accessible by walking along the coastal path.

Why would you jump from a great height into a pool, even when you know it is so deep that there is no chance of reaching the bottom?