Day 241 Sunshine on the Ceridigion Coast

Wednesday 30 March 2016

Aberaeron to Llangrannog 

15 miles

Highbury Guest House, Cardigan

A fairly chilly start but it was bright. Deb kindly sent me on my way with a packed lunch, including her homemade cake. I climbed up the hill onto the cliff top heading South.  

Looking back on Aberaeron
 The theme of today’s walk was ‘up and down’. I lost count of how many cliffs I climbed only to drop down to the next little cove, across an outlet stream and then up the other side. It was incredibly beautiful and rather tiring.  

not far to New Quay
 It was such a clear day that I could see Snowdonia and parts of the Lleyn Peninsula all the way to Bardsey Island. It was beautiful.  

I can see for miles up the coast
 I reached New Quay at lunchtime and stopped to enjoy my picnic sat on a bench overlooking the beach and the sea wall. The sun was bright, it was warm and the town was busy; there were plenty of people on the beach and some brave souls taking a dip.  

busy on New Quay beach
 Another pretty town, brightly painted. There were plenty of references to Dylan Thomas as he made New Quay his home from 1944 and it was the inspiration for the town of Llareggub from Under Milk Wood.  

New Quay
 It felt like summer had arrived and, if I hadn’t been so muddy, I would have put shorts on. I had to break out the suncream. To celebrate I had my first ice cream of the year, and it was a good one.  

it doesn’t get better than this!
 Another climb out of New Quay, up and around New Quay Head.  

leftover from Easter I presume, on New Quay Head
 Suddenly the Irish Sea stretched out for miles, with varying shades of blue and green. It was a lovely sight.  

the Irish Sea
 I saw plenty of people on the coast path, some on several day hikes (they always ask me the same question: “are you doing the whole thing?” I must just look like I am) and some out looking for the Cardigan Bay dolphins.  

amazing rock formations around here
 It was wonderful to be on the cliffs in the sun, listening to the sea and the birds; a real sense of freedom and I walked with a permanent smile. The views were amazing at every turn (and every up, and every down).  

Looking down the coast to Pendinas Lochtyn Hill and Ynys Lochtyn
the view back to New Quay Head was just as stunning
 There was a nice little beach and caravan park at Cwmtydu, where cargoes of coal, limestone and salt where landed in the 19th Century. It was also used by Siôn Cwilt, a famous smuggler. I carried on, up yet another steep climb.  

looking down on New Quay Head
 The tiny island of Ynys Lochtyn, jutting out at the base of the Pendinas Lochtyn hill fort (stone-iron age) had been visible since I rounded New Quay head and was my destination.  

Pendinas Lochtyn Hill and Ynys Lochtyn
 I followed the coast path around the hill fort and admired Ynys Lochtyn but had no energy left to walk the extra mile onto it. Just around the corner was Llangrannog; another picturesque town. This one was tiny so probably more like a village, although it did have 2 pubs, shops and a couple of sandy beaches.  

Llangrannog tucked away
 The beaches are separated by a big rock called Carreg Bica. This is the tooth belonging to the giant Bica.  

Carreg Bica
Bica suffered from toothache and a dwarf called Lochtyn told him to stand with his feet in the sea to cure it. This he did, one foot creating Llangrannog beach and the other creating Cilborth beach. His tooth fell out and as a reward he ran his finger through the headland just above Llangrannog to create an island as it was Lochtyn’s wish to live on one.  

Ynys Lochtyn
 There were people on the beach and surfers in the sea. I decided to get fish and chips as an early dinner while I waited for the bus. Unfortunately the bus never came (the timetable was confusing and the bus only runs twice a day, but not every day, in summer). The nice locals in The Ship Inn called me a taxi after advising me that was my only option to get to Cardigan (which I was lucky to get after only 45 minutes as apparently it’s common to wait 3 hours!). So much for staying in Cardigan to keep the cost down! 

 I didn’t get to my accommodation until 7.30pm by which time I was very tired. Fortunately nothing could dampen my spirits after a lovely day. 

9 thoughts on “Day 241 Sunshine on the Ceridigion Coast

  1. Tracey March 31, 2016 / 8:01 pm

    So lovely to have you back in my inbox (does that sound weird?)! Fab photos – the scenery looks stunning and I’m glad you’ve had such good weather today. Keep smiling! T x


    • Lucy April 2, 2016 / 7:26 pm

      Glad you’re enjoying x


  2. Chris Frazer March 31, 2016 / 8:44 pm

    Juice….are you doing the whole thing? You can bet your f@£&ing a@&) I am……..lovely pics…….llanganog…awesome pub and F&C shop………on on Marshal of the Air (Retd).


  3. Donna Munday March 31, 2016 / 9:17 pm

    What a fabulous day Luc! Loving Wales in the sunshine. Dxx


    • Lucy April 2, 2016 / 7:30 pm

      What about in the wet?


  4. jomunday99 March 31, 2016 / 9:23 pm

    Hi Lucy. Just caught up with the first few days (part 2)! I’ve been waiting for this stretch – glad you put so many photos in. Summer 2014 we camped a couple of miles north of New Quay. At low tide you could walk from the camp site along the beach to New Quay. We also walked north along the coast path – so where you trudged today. Lovely views! Sadly we didn’t see any Dolphins, but a beautiful part of the country.


    • Lucy April 2, 2016 / 7:31 pm

      I really liked New Quay – obviously not swayed at all by the ice cream!


  5. Val K March 31, 2016 / 10:03 pm

    Spectacular photography, in my head I am having trouble pronouncing all the place names. What a
    stunning day. Val x


    • Lucy April 2, 2016 / 7:32 pm

      I have the same trouble! Nice to know you’re following me x


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