CEREDIGION COAST PATH
Mwnt to Llangrannog [10.3miles]
The 1st day of our 2012 coast path walk. This year, as the Ceredigion Coast Path is now (almost) completely open, we thought it would be a jolly good wheeze to give it a go. As the initial part of the path is still subject to a legal dispute between council and a local farmer (having already lost 2 appeals) we made our start point Mwnt - a name that my Sat Nav failed to articulate at all pronouncing it 'Emm-Doubleyou-En-Tee' - stupid woman!
It started cloudy with a hint of drizzle in the air which was short lived as we set off from the National Trust Car Park. Right from the outset Mike gave sage words of warning "Keep the sea to your left" which to be fair we managed to adhere to for about 95% of the time.
The delightful white-washed church at Mwnt
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A brief visit to the church believed to commemorate a battle in 1155 near here between the Welsh & the Norman Flemings was in order before we set off on our walk northwards. Very soon our first choughs were to be seen flashing in and out of the gaps in the cliffs (to our left of course). This part of the coastal path is quite new and a lot of effort has been made by local walking groups to have the work complete.
Choughs were whizzing in and out of this cleft
Traeth Bach & Llyn Ysgaw (no idea which is which)
Traeth y Gwyrddon looking west back along the path
Ahead in the distance the headland that is the home of the Qinetiq (Defence Evaluation and Research Agency) establishment at Aberporth. As we got closer our attention was taken by a cautionary sign attached to a fence surrounding an outpost of the Aberporth establishment. Quite what we were expected to do is beyond me but for safety's sake I put on my hat!
..right. Now what?
The path leaves the coast to avoid the DERA site and after passing through Aberporth we were once again back on the coast. Leaving Aberporth behind us we walked along a very pleasant stretch of 'made up' footpath heading for Tresaith.
The eastern bay at Aberporth
Old railway carriage beautifully converted to a holiday home near Aberporth
Then further along the coast we passed through the tiny hamlet of Penbryn before the final few miles to the end of day 1 at Llangrannog. This is one of the toughest sections of the Ceredigion Coast Path.
The bay at Carreg y Nodwydd
Carreg Dol-y-fran & Pen-rhip
We then headed off to our B&B for the next 4 nights having completed 10.3 miles. A word about our accommodation. Oak Lodge is in Gilfachreda just outside New Quay
Our B&B - Oak Lodge
The accommodation is quite splendid and the food is totally scrummy. We can highly recommend this as a location for exploring the Ceredigion Coast Path for walkers - have a look at their Walkers deals - B&B, evening meal, packed lunch plus a lunch box for your walk. Really hard to resist.