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Porthgain to Aber Mawr [7.6 miles]

The Maps

The Route

The Walk

Today we're hoping for some decent weather. We set off up the hill out of Porthgain and stand like a load of lemons by the white harbour entrance marker.

The obligatory pose

The white navigation marker at Porthgain

The Island of Ynys-fach - looking towards Trefin
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We spent a few the ruined Melin Trefin, an old corn mill at Trefin which served the community inthe 19th century.

The ruined corn mill at Trefin

Aber Draw

We climbed up and away from Trefin and above the bay of Above Aber Draw there are disused mining buildings and a convenient place to stop for a coffee as the sun came our and warmed us up.

Ynys-fach has an arch

Coffee break at the old mine workings

A great view when drinking your coffee

Plenty of work to do on this stretch of the coast

Pwll Olfa

We we were now back on top of the cliffs again as we headed roughly east and north for Abercastle. Pyll Llong is a small bay overlooked by high cliffs. We spotted a number of seals and their pups in Pwll Olfa. One particularly advanced pup was swimming around with its mother which we all found quite enchanting.

Pwll Olfa bay in the foreground
followed by Pwll Llong then Pwll Whiting

A juvenile wheatear danced along the path ahead of us
and posed on this gate

Mother and pup in Pwll Olfa bay

We headed towards Pen Castell-coch, a distinct peninsular connected to the mainland by a narrow neck.

Pen Castell-coch headland
& the ruins of Castell Coch

A natural arch with the island of
Ynys Duellyn in the background

Looking back at Pen Castell-coch headland

Descent into Abercastle

We dropped down to the pretty creek leading to Abercastle. The bay is guarded by the small island of Castle Island (Ynys y Castell). Between the island and the mainland Strumble Head can be clearly seen.

A view of Strumble Head from Abercastle

We were now getting hungry but had a spot of bother finding an odour free location for our lunch - the cliffs at this point are quite protected from the wind and we passed field after field of brassica type crops which whiffed quite a bit. We eventually found a bank beside the path and settle down to eat.

Finally we arrived at the shingle beach at Aber Mawr.

Almost at Aber Mawr looking back the way we came

Looking ahead to Trwyn Llwynog

Aber Mochyn in the foreground with
Porth Glastwr behind

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