Llanengan to Machroes – Wales Coast Path

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The day started with some very frisky cattle being moved along the road to new pasture – it looked as if the whole farming family was out in force to help with the operation.

We parked up in the Sun Inn car park in Llanengan before making our way through the fields to Pentowyn, then climbing up the cliff to follow the waymarked route..

I hadn’t realised that lead was mined in the area, but the Tan rallt leadmine is testament to the industrial history of the late 19 century.

Once we had accessed the route we found it was plain sailing.

The walk is varied, common land of Mynydd Cilan, around Trwyn Cian and Trwyn Llech y Ddol (Trwyn is the Welsh for nose – not surprisingly we are at the tip of this Peninsula).

The heather and gorse are rather dull in the winter light, but would add glorious colour when in bloom. The rust coloured bracken adds colour and richness to the winter landscape.

There is an easy grassy stretch across the cliffs overlooking Porth Ceiriad, following the curve of this picturesque beach to reach Trwyn yr Wylfa – the highlight of the walk for me was around Penrhyn Ddu, with the offshore St Tudwal’s Islands catching my eye at every turn. Bear Grylls now has a home on one of the islands. St Tudwal was a Breton Monk.

We followed a stoney road down to Machroes – the road itself is closed and in bad state of repair.

Reaching the car park, we drove around to Llanengan to where we had parked Lucy’s car and had a pleasant lunch at the Sun Inn while watching the Wales v South Africa rugby match. Rubbish game despite a Wales win.

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