Walking the Ceredigion Coastal path, West Wales.
Aberystwyth to Morfa Bychan, 3 miles each way
Ordinance survey explorer map 213
Holiday cottage owners Mick & Julie's New Year's resolution was to walk the 60 mile long Ceredigion Coastal Path in sections during 2013. The idea is to be able to advise holiday cottage guests how best to enjoy coastal walking holidays from Stallion Valley holiday cottages and to make regular entries on The Stallion Valley holiday cottage blog.
On Tuesday 14th January exactly one year after completing our first walk we set off on the last section of the path our 20th walk: the 3 mile section from Aberystwyth to Morfa Bychan.
The pIan was to start our walk from Tanybwlch beach, walk the 2 miles to Morfa Bychan caravan park along the coastal footpath and return in time for lunch. We could then leave our dogs in the car and walk around the marina and along the promenade into Aberyswyth town centre for lunch.
So we parked just south of Aberystwyth marina at Tanybwlch beach car park, just over the bridge across the Ystwyth River. From here we were able to see the shingle beach stretching out south and the steep climb up the cliffs ahead.
We set off along the shingle bank with our dogs enjoying the space to run free off lead. To our right was the empty beach and to our left The Ystwyth River and behind it the steep hill of Pen-dinas. Pen-dinas is the site of one of the finest iron age hill forts in Wales. The monument on top was erected to commemorate the Duke of Wellington on his death.
We enjoyed the bracing wind as we walked along the flat beach path eying the steep climb up the cliffs ahead. The path climbed up with occasional steps, hard work but as we climbed wonderful views back over Tanybwlch beach to Aberystwyth opened up. When we reached the top the wild un-spoilt views south were also revealed.
As we walked south along the path we had wonderful views on both sides to our left inland, rolling green fields dotted with villages and beyond the Cambrian mountains capped with a dusting of snow. The our right the sea far below and our destination Morfa Bychan caravan park standing out amongst the deserted fields.
Reaching our destination we turned around and returned up a gentle slope. We had the path to ourselves and enjoyed watching the red kites gliding above us and the views back to Aberystwyth and beyond to Borth and Snowdonia opening up before us.
The walk back down to the beach a little less strenuous but tricky down the slippery slope so we were pleased to be back on level ground when we reached the beach. Back at the marina Charlie posed for a photo before having a snooze in the car with Hamish whilst Julie and I set off along the promenade, past the pier,for a celebratory lunch to mark the end of our wonderful year of coastal walks.
Over lunch we remembered Xander our springer spaniel who was a very enthusiastic member of our walking team but sadly died in April and we looked forward to 2014 when we intend to continue walking… inland this year!