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Wales Coast Path Days 14-16, April 12th - 14th
Starting at Ferryside railway station, Rob could see his destination, Llansteffan, only half a mile away across the Tywi estuary. However, until the new ferry service begins next month, he was condemned to a long road and field walk up to Carmarthen before returning down the west side to Pant yr Athro international hostel.
Day 15 was a mizzly day and the long trek around the Taf estuary was taken through muddy fields and boggy land. With another long detour, no sense of the coast was had until Rob reached the delightful town of Laugharne, made famous by the residency of Dylan Thomas and the Boat House in which he wrote.
Day 16 was a stunner. Rob & Ju took a detour to stick closely to the coast by skirting a firing range and embarking on a 6 mile straight walk along Prndine Sands once the venue of Donald Campbell's world land speed record attempt. Weirdly a sea mist enveloped them and for miles, nothing was seen or heard. Eventually the bustling seaside village of Pendine was reached, followed by arduous cliff walking to reach Amroth, the start of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. With temperatures and tide levels rising, they finished off on a delightful stretch of coast to the former fishing village of Saundersfoot.
Day 17 - Saundersfoot - Freshwater East
A beautiful day, the first of a planned three day walk along the south Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail. Using the train from Pembroke, Rob walked down into the pretty former fishing village of Saundersfoot before embarking on the strenuous walk up and down to reach the local seaside resort of Tenby, the town of his forefathers. Following an excellent Pembrokeshire pasty, he continued west past Lydstep to the sheltered bay of Manorbier. On a long and hot walk, the final miles were once again up and down as he reached his campsite at "Fresh East". The plan was to see him onwards the next day but a rain filled night and morning saw the first reversal of this challenge. There's always another chance!
Brecon Beacons 4th April
Ashleigh, a teacher from Perth, Australia joined Rob for a day's hiking in the Brecon Beacons National Park. They climbed up from the village of LLanfrynach, near Brecon, via the steep Bryn Teg ridge to the pointed summit of Cribyn. Having seen virtually no-one all morning, they joined the crowds on 886m Pen Y Fan, the highest mountain in southern Britain. Returning via the impressive north ridge, Ashleigh continued her whistlestop tour of the Celtic nations.