Wales Coast Path Day 13 Burry Port - Ferryside
Following yet another heavy fall of March snow, Rob escaped to the mild coast of Carmarthenshire where the snowdrops and daffodils spoke of warmer days to come. The Burry Inlet was sparkling on a high tide but a strong cold easterly kept him moving as entered the Pembrey Country Park, a pleasing blend of pine forest, sand dune and a vast flat beach.
The Gwendraeth estuary is rich in bird life and the Kymer canal and surrounding marshes proved a bird watchers' paradise with egret, water rail, kingfisher and twite among a host of other species.
Kidwelly is an ancient harbour overlooked by its magnificent Norman castle. Rob left the town alongside the out flowing Afon Gwendraeth Fach to clim over the low rolling hills for a final descent into the straggling village of Ferryside beside the River Tywi. Only half a mile away, across the glistening sands stood Llansteffan, yet with no ferry, the village is a full day's walk away.
Wales Coast Path Day 12 Penclawdd - Burry Port
Today was a running day as we're both due to run the Manchester marathon in a few weeks. Our 16 mile run today ran around the Loughor estuary in spectacular sunshine. We followed the Millennium Coastal Path all the way to the splendid Flanagans cafe at North Dock where the views over the sandy estuary are gorgeous. We later creaked our way onto the little town of Burry Port before letting the train return us to Gowerton. A whole day done for 3 hours of pain!
Wales Coast Path Day 11 Rhossili - Penclawdd
A murky day saw us leave the spectacular clifftop village of Rhossili and head north below the imposing Rhossili Down to the sand dunes, or burrows, of Llangennith and Broughton. Here we turned inland to begin our two day round of the Burry Inlet, or Loughour Estuary, that separates Gower from the Carmarthenshire coast. The former cockling village of Penclawdd, some 19 miles later, proved our end point for the day. The night was spent at Eastern Slade Bunkhouse, near Oxwich, a splendidly luxurious spot, excellent vale for money.