When we started walking the Wales Coast Path we had vowed we wouldn’t walk when it forecasted rain…
Summer 2017 seems to be a summer of sunshine and showers, and having taken a month off in July for various holiday commitments, we decided to take a gamble as August looks like being very changeable.
Five minutes into the walk and it poured down, but we persevered. Wet weather jackets dry off pretty quickly – its warm so we are walking in shorts, our boots are theoretically waterproof.
This walk is not particularly challenging, and is straightforward mainly along low cliffs.
The stretch from Llanon to Aberarth is pleasant, rising above Graig ddu and then a gentle descent into Aberarth.
Once again we reflected how much more there is to these coastal villages than is apparent when driving through on the main road.
We stopped for lunch at the Harbourmaster in Aberaeron, spending more time than we intended browsing through the shops. The harbour and the pastel painted Regency houses makes Aberaeron a charming place to stop on the WCP.
We circled the Harbour over the footbridge and picked up the path. The route takes you through Gilfach yr Halen holiday village eventually reaching Craig Ddu – this is the only
short steep climb on the walk.
A brief woodland walk near Cei Bach and then through a farmyard onto a road
At Pont Llanina, we checked with a dog walker whether we were going to beat the tide to New Quay – at this point in the walk we could take either the high or low tide option.
She figured if we were pretty sharp we could walk across the beach, and if we couldn’t scramble across the rocks to the harbour at New Quay, we would be able to detour through the caravan park.. we scrambled across the rocks!!
Not to be advised at high tide, but we were comfortable that we had plenty of time to complete our walk before the tide had fully turned.