St. Dogmaels to The Parrog Newport, Pembs.
A leisurely stroll from St Dogmaels to Poppit then some 13 miles of the most challenging stretch of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. This stage is variously called strenuous, gruelling, fierce-some, and it is all of these.
The most memorable time I walked this stretch was years ago, with my pre- teen nephew, and we headed off without enough water, no food, no suncream in shorts and trainers.
Really bad planning for a route where the only easy way to leave the path is to walk inland from Ceibwr Bay to Moylegrove.
This time we made sure that we were well stocked with supplies.
We left Poppit Sands, and climbed passed the Youth Hostel, looking over our shoulders we can clearly see Cardigan Island, and the whole of Cardigan Bay.
We passed a farmhouse near Allt y Coed campsite, passing through the farmyard we chatted to a farmer bottle feeding some lambs – he jokingly said that we might want to wipe our feet on the way out of the yard.
We climb round Cemaes Head and then after that we are up and down, first Pen yr Afr , then further climbing up to Pwllygranant.
So it goes on – we take time out to sit on a bench overlooking Ceibwr Bay, knowing there was worse to come.
Pwll y Wrach – the Witches Cauldron is an interesting feature, a collapsed cave. Then it is one steep climb after another, followed by descents, then up and down again.
Even when you get a clear view of the main Newport Beach, taking you by surprise, there is a difficult rocky descent, followed by more steps and stiles before reaching the car park and toilets. The path continues across the golf course, passing a limekiln until you reach the road. Cross over the bridge and we followed the sign taking us to the Parrog.
We were very grateful to be dropped off and picked up after the walk by my big brother.