Cwm Ivy, Llanmadoc to Rhossili – Wales Coast Path

Early start in bright sunshine, a perfect walking day. Started off by driving to Rhossili, parking one car in the National Trust car park – membership of the National Trust comes in handy, as we have a number of NT car parks in Wales around the coast which are free to members.

Back to Cwm Ivy car park, and a stop for coffee and the toilet before heading off. The delightful, friendly owner opened up for us early, and we had time to browse in the shop, some super locally crafted items.

I was wishing that we had popped in at the end of our walk so I could indulge in a little retail therapy, when I was diverted by the smell of freshly baked scones, yummie!

We were determined to walk around Whitford Burrows through the dunes at Whitford Point, walk along the beach and then head up Hill Tor, rather than take the alternative short cut avoiding the Point.

If you are walking in these parts, take time to include the whole stretch, you will be rewarded by a rich mix of forest, marsh, dunes and beach, and a clear view of the Whitford Point lighthouse, the only cast iron water lighthouse left in Britain.

Our walk continues, we run into the London ladies we had met the previous day looking far more relaxed, we are not walking through long stretches of mud today!

We finally reach Rhossili bay with the tantalising Worm’s Head, a constant land mark in the distance as we walked the Carmarthen coastline and we now have the Worm in our sights.

The joy of taking off my boots and walking bare foot in the sand, sadly to have to put them back on to walk the final mile to St Mary’s Church.

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