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Wales Coast Path Day 10 Oxwich - Rhossili

On a beautiful Saturday - cloudless but a strong easterly wind giving us a blast of Siberian air, we left the beautiful Oxwich Bay. Passing the 13th century St Illtyd's church, we quickly rounded the point and walked around the relatively sheltered waters of Port Eynon Bay. Then it was pure Carboniferous Limestone scenery - plunging cliffs, gorges, dry valleys and secluded sandy coves. Passing my favourite Gower beach, Mewslade, we reached the headland overlooking the spectacular Worm's Head. Some intrepid explorers were awaiting low tide in order to cross to The Worm. We completed our day at the cliff top village of Rhossili already planning our next day around the great Welsh coast! Do come and join us!

Wales Coast Path Day 9 The Mumbles - Oxwich. (South Gower)

A fantastic day of coastal scenery awaited us as we emerged from the Norton House Hotel next to Oystermouth Castle. We walked along the "prom" to Mumbles Head and then turned into the Gower Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - Britain's first, in 1956. Bracelet, Limeslade, Rotherslade, Langland and Caswell - all beaches of beauty and surf slipped by as we followed the limestone cliffs away from the city. Eventually we reached one of the most photogenic bays in Britain - Three Cliffs Bay. Gorgeous. The walk finished with a two mile beach walk to the hamlet of Oxwich, bathing in winter sunshine.

Wales Coast Path Day 8 Port Talbot - The Mumbles

With gloriously dry weather, Sarah and Rob caught the train to the steel making town of Port Talbot. Walking alongside the wide open beach of Aberavon Sands, they soon reached the extensive dunes of Baglan Burrows. An industrial landscape surrounds the River Neath and an unpleasant trek alongside a busy bridge was soon replaced by the placid waters of the Tennant Canal. This led into the bustling waterside quarter of SA1 where the Waterfront Church have an excellent cafe. 

Finally the wide beach of Swansea Bay beckoned and the final 3 miles to The Mumbles was ran!

Wales Coast Path Day 7 Ogmore - Port Talbot

From a soggy start crossing the Ogmore floodplain, this walk proved wonderfully variable. The sandunes of Merthyr Mawr, the wide sandy beaches, Porthcawl - a small seaside resort, more remote dunes of Kenfig Hill and finally the industrial landscape of Margam and its enormous steelworks. The Gower is glinting just across Swansea Bay!


Wales Coast Path Day 6 Rhoose - Ogmore 

Rob set out from Wales' most southerly village as he headed west towards the Glamorgan Heritage Coast. This coast is famed for its geology and here we travelled back in time from the Jurrasic "Lias" beds over the Triassic conglomerates to finish on the Caroboniferous limestones of Ogmore. The whole day was a cliff walk with views gradually altering as we headed west, then north west and finally north as we entered Swansea Bay. After a 20 mile day, the finale was a walk beside the Ogmore River to the ancient Norman castle.

Offa's Dyke Path Knighton - Kington

The following day saw Rob heading along 15 miles of the Offa's Dyke National Trail. As preparation for the Kington Walking Festival, Bob & Rob, walked between the two towns in freezing temperatures as we traversed the border uplands. The 1200 year old Dyke was built by the Mercian king, Offa, to prevent Welsh raids onto the newly gained Saxon lands. Today much of it remains extant reminding us of ancient times when we used to build walls and barriers to keep us apart!

Wales Coast Path Day 5 Barry - Rhoose

A lovely day along the southernmost coast of Wales. Barry Island was crowded with Sunday morning strollers. Ten more miles completed as we approach the Glamorgan Heritage Coast.

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