92 miles walked
(total 1,875 miles walked)
A mixed week weather-wise but it’s been nice to be back walking after a winter at home. Blisters, aches and pains lasted for the first 3 days and then it all got easier and I settled into a routine.
The paths have been very muddy, making walking quite difficult at times, and this week has been the almost exclusively hilly, cliff top walking. A baptism of fire.
I think Cardiganshire is underrated when compared to its more popular neighbour, Pembrokeshire. I particularly enjoyed my walk from New Quay to Llangrannog. (The sunshine and icecream had no bearing on this comment.)
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park is beautiful and more remote than I expected. It seems like the town’s are built inland here, rather than on the coast, and so the coast path is quite isolated from civilisation for long stretches. However, the coast was once a hive of activity as just about every cove has a ruined lime kiln.
It seems like the Pembrokeshire coastal path is very popular, even at this time of year when it’s too early for the summer bus services. I’ve already met lots of hikers and most tell me if they’re walking the whole path. Sometimes I tell them what I’m doing and sometimes I don’t.
Unfortunately it also seems to be too early for the seabirds as I’m only really seeing gulls and the cliffs are empty. Having said that I have seen red kites, a buzzard, kestrels, a few cormorants, lots of small birds and even a couple of egrets this week.