25th March 2018
If yesterday was all about height then today continues that theme but also adds in distance as we not only have 590m of height and 11 miles of walk to contend with for today, we also have about 5 miles of walk left from the leg on Friday to join up.
So we start the day by walking to Borth railway station….not part of the 16 miles for today!!
The train (with the same friendly conductor as yesterday) took us to Machynlleth where we picked up from where we left off yesterday.
The first part of the walk is flat through the town and past the clock tower and school.
We then turned left and up the Roman steps which were part of the original highway into the town.
After a steep climb we “undulated” for a while through the Llyfnant Valley, which was a beautiful wood. It was here we once again met our fellow walkers from yesterday….they had stayed in Machynlleth overnight and seen our train arrive this morning whilst climbing the first big hill.
We then had a rapid descent back to sea level and across a river but then, to our dismay, the path climbed steeply again on the other side.
At this point we stopped for lunch and had a long debate about exactly where we were on the map. I felt that we still had one big climb to go, Sharon thought we had already done it.
But alas I was right, we did still have another descent to get across a river, and then another climb.
But the view was worth it.
We skirted Craig Caerhedyn to the West, and a rocky mount made a good look-out point.
Then a final descent to join the A467 and a nice new coffee shop at the village of Tre-Taliesin.
We enjoyed the coffee and cake, well deserved after 11 miles and well needed with another 4 or 5 miles still to go. Just as we were leaving the coffee shop who should arrive but our fellow walkers who had kept up a good pace today (or we were getting slower!).
Now on to the left-over walk from Friday. This was the flat part of the day, but the downside to that was that it was also across marshland.
But then the ground got wetter and wetter, and muddier and muddier. Every step was giving us that sinking feeling, but by now we didn’t really care.
Aother fellow walker caught us up at this point and walked the last section with us….he only started walking the path in January 2017 and had already made it from Chester to here and planned to complete the whole path in 2 1/2 years, half of our target. Anyway, Borth station appeared in front of us and then a quick walk down the sea front and we were back at the caravan.
So today was 16.1 miles and 590 metres elevation. It took us 5 1/2 hours as we were a bit slower today. The grand total is now 371.5 miles completed and 500.2miles to go. One more walk tomorrow.