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Porthgain to Abereiddy & return [4.6 miles]

The Maps

The Route

The Walk

For our final morning, we just couldn't leave the coast path without one final walk, and so we drove the short distance from our b&b to Porthgain and headed south to Abereiddy.

Up the steps out of Porthgain

Porthgain harbour

We walked along the south side of Porthgain harbour originally built in 1851, alongside the massive brick built hoppers on our left and part of the old brickworks which had its heyday from 1889-1912. At the far end of the harbour we gained the coast path via a series of steps near the old pilot house

The cairn like white painted navigation marker

Porth Ffynnon

Looking back to Porth-gain from Penclegyr

We continued on the Coast Path along a section of very dramatic, high cliffs. En route near Penclegyr we explored ruined buildings connected with rock mining which began in 1889 at the coastal cliff quarry set out on two levels with the remains of the incline, the railway cutting and the winding house. The demand for road stone became more common for metalled roads because they resisted wear from the iron-bound tyres on agricultural vehicles. Porthgain stone was marketed as granite, but it is actually dolerite, a finer grained igneous rock.

Final view of the four walkers

Panorama of the stone quarry west of Porthgain
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The coast path continues over open grassland passing Traeth Llyfyn a sandy beach to Abereiddy (Aber Eiddy) and the Blue Lagoon - the remains of the slate quarry - which dominates Aberiddi Bay.

Panorama of the Blue Lagoon at Abereiddy
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Panorama of Abereiddy Bay
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Upon our arrival we had a coffee and enjoyed the spectacle of children being supervised in coasteering before we made our return journey to Porthgain and eventually home to Bucknell.

To summarise what we saw over the last 4 days. Plenty of stonechats and whitethroats, a few wheatears and several choughs. Loads of jackdaws pretending to be choughs and of course skylarks in abundance as well as gulls of all shapes and sizes. We saw a newt on a stile on Monday (well spotted Sue) and of course lots of common spotted orchids, particularly on St David's Head.

Treath Llyfn

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