87. Cardigan to Llangrannog

This would be me last section of the Ceredigion Coast path, before I joined up with the PCP, which I had completed some 9 years previously. I parked early at Llangrannog, which is not served by a bus service, and donned my  hi-vi vest with flashing strobe headtorch for the 2.5 mile walk up the road to Brynhoffnant. Here, I caught the 7:58 X50 to Cardigan for the princely sum of £3.05.

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Looking towards the mouth of the Teifi estuary from outside Cardigan

 

 

As I got off the bus in Cardigan, I was greeted by a short sharp hailstorm, it was very cold so I donned my seal-skinz mitts. I had previously owned a apair of seal-skinz gloves which were ‘pants’ as I found it impossible to get my hand back in the glove when they were slighly damp; which is a common problem with most gloves though. Anyway, that’s why I use mitts, when I know I’m in for for some damp weather! The walk out from Cardigan was alongside the Afon Teifi . The paths and fields I walked through were soaking wet and it was very muddy from the rain the day before.

I had my eye on climbing the Mwnt, which was not particularly high or had much ascent, but I would probably be rewarded with a good view. The weather by this time had become very sunny with little or no wind. I passed a lovely chapel (Eglwys y Grog) on my quick ascent of the Mwnt or to give it it’s proper name Foel y Mwnt. I could make out Aberystwyth in the far distance and the hazy outline of the Lleyn hills.

View east from the Mwnt
View east from the Mwntdistance and the hazy outline of the Lleyn hills.

The continual ascent and descent along the path was starting to have an affect on my legs, as I began to wilt under the hot sun (in February!!). Eventually, the path diverted inland to by-pass the former MOD buidings and estate.

The path out from Aberporth was a finely constructed piece of roadway, capable of taking wheelchairs and almost linking the closeby village of Tresaith. The route then  descended to beach level and then rose up a set of steps that bisected the village. The path then  climbed up and over high ground

Wooden dolphin statue Aberporth
Wooden dolphin statue Aberporth

before slowly dropping down to the hamlet of Penbryn, where the path was forced inland about 400m in order to cross a small river. Another steep climb was required on my tiring legs, before the way ahead levelled out and started to drop down to the picturesque village of Llangrannog and the end of this walk.  For the last miles, well since leaving Aberporth, I had been accompanied by an incessant aerial ‘droning’ which I could not see, but appeared close-by. I knew at the time that this nuisance were UAV’s (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) or just drones.

 

Looking down on Llangrannog
Looking down on Llangrannog

I arrived in Llangrannog to find people enjoying a cool drink outside of the Pentre Arms pub, it was that warm. All that remianed was to walk up the village to free car park. The 18 mile coastal walk, took 6.25hrs.

 

 

 

Distance today = 17 miles
Total distance =   1313 miles

 

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