My brother-in-law, Paul, a keen hiker and passionate about the great outdoors, has always hated coastal walking, preferring instead to head for Wales’ more mountainous regions – the Brecon Beacons, Snowdonia et al.
Not me. Given the option of an amble over the
Black Mountains or a tough trek along the Welsh coastline, I’d opt for the latter everytime. And yes, you did read that right, because as anyone who has done some serious coast path walking will confirm, there’s nothing tougher on the old legs than all those sea level to cliff top climbs – done over and over again in quick succession.
Anyway, with two proposed trips to the Rhinogs rained off in the past month and last weekend’s plans threatening to go the same way, we decided instead to enjoy the best walking this lush land has to offer in south, rather than north,
And with the launch of the Wales Coast Path looming ever closer (May 5th 2012), we thought it would be exciting to visit the Carmarthenshire stretch of this new national trail and find out how much progress had been made in waymarking the route.
|No more mud, just nice solid boardwalks|
I’m delighted to report that said mud is now a thing of the past and, in its place, there are nice solid boardwalks (I love boardwalks!). So a big thank you to Carmarthenshire Council for sorting out this stretch of path well ahead of May 2012.
While the Council’s coast path officer may be diligent, there’s little he or she can do about the sheer amount of climbing on this short but spectacular section of path (Amroth to Pendine). It probably didn’t help that we did an out and back walk, creating a sinking realisation (for me at least) that every knee-aching descent was going to become an even tougher ascent when we turned around and did the whole route in reverse.
It’s worth the effort though. The views from the top of those cliffs are amazing – Worm’s Head in one direction and
, Tenby and Saundersfoot, in the other. Caldey Island
|An active rain cloud heads in our direction|
Ah, Welsh pubs and the characters who prop up their bars – now that’s a subject for a whole new blog.