6th October 2018
Day two of our double-header, and I make no apology that today will be full of photographs, as this has to be one of the most stunning sections of coastal path. It needs to be though or people wouldn’t attempt it, as it is single day with the biggest climbs of any – over 780 metres if the guide book is to be believed.
So we are planning for this walk to take all day, and Bethan arrived at 9.15 to get us to the start point (thank you Bethan again). The early start is OK though as I have been promised breakfast when we get to Tresaith. I am not sure how Bonnie’s little legs will cope with all the hills today either.
The first part of the walk is on a new tarmac path, and you walk past several houses which have been converted from train carriages – explains why we couldn’t get a train to our start point today!!
The walk was already teasing us with the views ahead of us.
We arrived at Tresaith at just after 10, only to find the cafe shut and the only pub stopped serving breakfast at 10.
So we soldiered on up the hill out of Tresaith, and towards Penbryn Beach.
Penbryn also took us in land slightly to get past a river, and we decided to stop in the wooded glen, complete with ferns, to have our breakfast – which was actually half of our lunch (a bit early).
We then climbed up the other side of the wood and found ourselves in a National Trust car park, complete with a tea room. The air did turn rather blue at this point!!
The views behind us got better and better as we got higher and higher.
And ahead of us now was Carreg-y-ty with it’s sandy cove.
The view ahead then got better still as we approached Ynys Lochtyn, which is used as the main picture to advertise the Ceredigion coastal path.
The next landmark on the way to Ynys Lochtyn was Llangrannog, the village rather than the activity centre that kids stay in. We had been told of a lovely coffee shop on the sea front, and it didn’t disappoint. At this point we were 5 miles in and around 120 flights of stairs, so we still had a way to go.
The coast line ahead still showed a lot of undulations, with Cwmtydu now the distant part.
And then out of no-where comes the Llangrannog activity centre with ski slope and go karts
The climbs seemed to get steeper and steeper, and New Quay still wasn’t in sight, and ahead was the worst climb of them all, cut into the hill side.
And then, not since our first walk nearly 4 years ago in Chepstow, Sharon once again uttered the famous words “That’s a pretty sheep”. And, to be fair, it was.
The next big drop through a forest took us into Cwmtydu, and a welcome, if somewhat expensive ice-cream stop
We still had a massive climb to go, and then from the top the view looked like this, where is New Quay?
Another descent followed, and on a bridge in the middle of no-where was this….
I could have done with that a few hours earlier!!
After all the dangerous walking it was a surprise to see this warning sign right at the end, but we did follow the safer route.
Which finally gave us a glimpse of New Quay
What a welcome sight that was and what a view
The route then took us down through the town, past houses, and the harbour, ending our day with the walk out of New Quay to the caravan site.
Strava records it as 14.6 miles and 4,148 feet of height (which is 1,264 metres). This is higher than walking up Snowdon.
And that was our weekend done – 27.2 miles in total, making a grand total of 430.9 miles walked and 443.3 miles to go. One more day of walking and we should be halfway around the coast.