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PEMBROKESHIRE COAST PATH 2015-

Porthgain to Aber Mawr [7¾ miles]

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The Route

The Walk

Our final day on this trip. We returned to Porthgai to set off for Aber Mawr.


Porthgain harbour & the old brickworks


Looking back to Porthgain

Once again, in spite of an indifferent weather forecast, we were blessed with blue skies and bright sunshine.

We set off at a brisk pace and any doubts about keeping a fleece on were soon dispelled as we warmed up.


The navigation markers

Our first stop today was Trefin where we briefly explored the old grain mill. The mill was in use for around 500 years and was used by the villagers of Trefin and surrounding areas to produce flour for bread baking and winter feed for livestock. It eventually closed in 1918.


Trefin Mill


The original mill stones

We took the opportunity to have a coffee break near the old quarry buildings on Trwyn LLwyd.


Coffee break view
Aber Draw bay

We continue on our way and as we approached Abercastle our attention was first drawn to an arch and a little while later to an offshore stack upon which were perched a pair ov Canade geese. Maybe they were also enjoying the sunshine.


Arch at Ynys Deullyn


Canada geese near Abercastle

We rounded Ynys Duellyn and Abercastle lay before us neatly sitting in Aber Cately bay. The long gentle descent took as right alongside the river estuary which was at low tide.


Abercastle
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There was a gentle climb once again up onto the cliffs where we cast about for a decent place to have our lunch. Eventually a convenient headland st Ynys y Castell offered itself as the best place and so we settled down in the sun.

It was tempting to have a snooze but the sun decided to go absent and there was a slight chill in the air.

Eventually we stirred ourselves and continued on our way, passing yet another beach with a seal pup on at Pwllstrodur.


Seal at Pwllstrodur

We were approaching Aber Mawr and found ourselves descending a steep enclosed path which evntually lead onto the beach.


Aber Mawr


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Whitesands Bay to Porthgain [9.95 miles]

The Maps

The Route

The Walk

Day two dawned sunny with blue skies and a cooling breeze. We set of to do the car shuffle and soon were were leaving Whitesands Bay heading for Porthgain.


Looking bck at Whitesands Bay

We headed off towards St David's head, passing Porth LLeuog


Porth LLeuog
and Porthmelgan.


Porthmelgan

At St David's Head Ros and Bob ventured further out along the headland whilst Geri and I waited above Ogof Crisial. We continued round the headland, passing Coetan Arthur, the remains of a Neolithic burial chamber dating from around 3000 BC.


Coetan Arthur
(Neolithic burial chamber)

More seals were spotted at Gesail-fawr.


The girls lean out to spot the seals below


The headland of Penllechwen above Gesail-fawr


Penllechwen from Trwyn Porth-coch

The wind had now dropped considerably, the sea was calm and the deepest blue. Small isolated bays kept appearing with their complement of seals and their pups on the beach, wnilst some of the mothers were further out in the sea.


Looking ahead to Carreg yr Afr, Dduallt
& in the distance Penclegyr


The down & up at Aber-pwll


Cormorant sunbathing nearAbereiddy


Abereiddy

We made the gentle descent into Aberieddy and crossed the beach where we made our way over to the Blue Lagoon.


The Blue Lagoon
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Then we retraced our steps and climbed back onto the cliffs. There were now many more people on the coast path, most of them with dogs and all looking to spot seals. One chap approached Bob and I exclaiming that there was a solitary sel in the bay. I think our derisory reply rather upset him but we'll get over it!

Our final stretch along this art of the coast took as past old quarry buildings on Ynys Barry before we arrived at the pretty harbour at Porthgain and the end of today's walk.


Above Porthgain
navigation markers


Porthgain


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Porth Clais to Whitesands Bay [6.9 miles]

The Maps

The Route

The Walk

We had shown our friends Ros and Bob our photos of our walks on the coast path and they expressed an interest in having a go themselves. So we decided on a three day jaunt to give them a flavour. We left Bucknell bright and early today and drove to Whitesands Bay, leaving Bob's car there and then jumping into ours to drive to Porth Clais - and off we went.


Porth Clais


We paused for an obligatory group photo once we got up onto our first cliff top

As we got going we became aware of stonechats making their distinct call and trying to point them out to our friends. Once obligingly stayed put just long enough.


An obliging stonechat

We got chatting and we told Ros and Bob about all the things we've seen onthe coast path, and of course, all the things we'd not seen - notably dolphins, porpoises and basking sharks.

Soon we were pointing out the amazing geology and of course one of our favourite features - arches.


Geology


An arch

In Porthlysgi Bay we saw a group of kayakers about to take to the water.


Porthlysgi Bay
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We passed the oddly named bay Ogof Mrs Morgan and headed round Pen Dal-aderyn and caught a glimpse across the headland of the works going on at St Justinians with the heather and gorse lighting up the landscape.


Looking north to St Justinians


Looking south west

By now the kayakers from Porthlysgi Bay had reached a secluded bay at Carn ar Wig and we wondered what had caught their attention.


What are they looking at?


Now we're all at it


First seal pup on this visit with mum nearby

As we approached St Justinians, the progress on the new lifeboat staton became evident. Quit a lot had happened since April.


The new St Justinians lifeboat station

Another first (of many) choughs appeared beside us, swooping, generally showing off and making their distinctive wheezing calls.

A little further on we stopped to look across Ramsey Sound and were amazed to see what at first appeared to be seals. Closer inspection revealed a pod of porpoises, making their way south through the Sound. A first for us.


First porpoise
photo courtesy Bob Green

We paused for a lunch break in a sheltered spot with a grand view of the lifeboat station.


First chough

We diverted round the lifeboat station building site and stopped to examine the workings in detail.


St Justinian's chapel


Old and new lifeboat stations
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We were approaching the end of our first day and came down off the cliff and returned to Whitesands Bay. Although the weather was a bit of the dull side, the views and wildlife certainly made up for it.


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