CEREDIGION COAST PATH
New Quay to Llanrhystud [13.0 miles]
Day 3 dawned with bright sunshine and clear blue skies. This was to be the easiest section of the coast path and we started off from the quayside at New Quay walking along the beach; clambering over rocks and in some cases falling over!
We headed away from New Quay (sea on the left) and cut inland at the eastern point and made the gentle grass covered and shady ascent at Craig Ddu.
New Quay Bay
Cei-Bach - inland east of New Quay
Craig Ddu and the gentle ascent
As we approached the meandering Afon Drywi which carves some interesting topography before becoming a waterfall that plunges onto an inaccessible beach, there was a slippery slope that unfortunately caught Beryl out and as a consequence a bit of kit rearrangement was called for - fortunately no damage done.
Our next port of call was the holiday village at Gilfach-y-Halen. This place was formerly a dairy farm and today, pre-season was just about deserted with still signs of building works going on in preparation for the forthcoming season.
Gilfach-y-Halen holiday village
We were now heading for the colourful Georgian town of Aberaeron and the promise of an ice cream. We made the gentle descent into the town and walked around the delightful harbour.
First sight of Aberaron
The outer harbour at Aberaeron
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It was now really warm in the sun and we eventually found the recommended ice cream shop. Only Mike abstained so the three of us settled down on a bench seat and indulged ourselves. It has to be said the the chocolate ice cream (double of course) was delicious but at £3.75 I question value for money - maybe the single scoop at £2.00 would have been a better choice? Nope - I'd do the same again.
Inner harbour at Aberaeron
Reluctantly we left Aberaeron and headed along the path to Aberarth, one of the earliest settlements on this coast.
Aberarth - the mouth of the River Bear
Leaving Aberarth we climbed up onto the cliffs once again and headed towards Llannon. Encouraged by the weather and the gentleness of the day's walk, we decided not to stop here but to press on to Llanrhystud. The coast path here goes inland to the A487 and then back out again, but at low tide a short if slightly uncomfortable walk along the shingle beach brings you back onto the path with a saving of more than a mile
This shortcut along the beach saved an unnecessary walk inland and out again
St Non's church at Lnansanffraid
Passing the church at Lnansanffraid we joined an old pilgrim road and headed across a number of fields towards a group of four old limekilns, now an ancient monument site and which is managed by theWildlife Trust of West Wales.
The path continued easily across low lying fields until a coast car park at Llanrhystud marked the end of day 3 but not before a flooded area of low lying fields had Mike and Beryl grabbing for their binoculars again to identify the wading birds there - a small flock of Sanderlings were busy on this temporary lake together with a few ducks and gulls. A good day for us with 13 miles completed.