Walking the Ceredigion Coastal path, West Wales
17: Morfa Bychan to Llanrhystud 7 miles one 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 Friday 22nd November 2013 we set off on a sunny chilly afternoon on the longest of our Ceredigion coastal walks the 7 mile section from Morfa Bychan to Llanrhystud.
We decided to use 2 cars and dropped one off at Llanrhystud in the small layby outside Pencarreg Caravan Park situated on the southern outskirts of Llanrhystud opposite the cafe and garage.
We parked the other at Morfa Bychan caravan site, having called at the site office to agree, photo above, the fee, a contribution to the wild bird food fund. We started our walk here and followed the site road back up the hill to where the coastal footpath crosses it (about 300 metres). We turned right heading uphill on the signed footpath cutting the corner and rejoining the road after a further 300 metres. Here we admired the little pond and turned right again onto the farm track.
We followed the track, enjoying the easy walking past the cottage Llety’r Gegin and carried on past the entrance of Cwm-ceinw farm admiring the wind sculpted stunted tree and the view back to Cwm-ceinw farm and Morfa Bychan beyond.
As we gained height views opened to Aberystwyth behind us and about a half a mile further on we reached the abandoned farmhouse of Ffos-las. The path took around the house and then closer to the sea along the cliff top for about 1.5 miles past the whitewashed farmhouse of Mynachdy’r Graig and on to Penderi Cliffs.
Mynachdy’r Graig was once owned by and farmed on the behalf the monks of Strata Florida in the 12th century.
On Penderi Cliffs the Wildlife Trust West Wales manages the oak wood. The gnarled and stunted trees on the steep cliff are rare specimens.
Penderi Cliffs marked the halfway point of our walk and heading south with time approaching 4.00 p.m. the winter sun was dazzlingly low in the sky ahead of us but provided wonderful clear light behind us.
Far ahead we could see the cliff sloping down to the coastal plain that stretches from Llanrhystud to Llanon and beyond. Gradually we reached that point and the path veered inland. Below was the sprawling Pencarreg Caravan Park which the path at first skirted and then entered leading us along the access road back to our parked car on the main A487coast road.
It was a relief to sit in the car to rest tired legs and change out of our walking boots as the sun started to dip below the horizon. The 7 miles was a good walk in wonderful sunny winter conditions. The going was tough in places and it took us 3 hours including photography stops.
All that remained was to collect our second car and to head for home.
Fortunately for us the Gwarcefel Arms our local pub is only a 5 minute’s walk away from our holida cottages, so we managed to drag our weary limbs there for a well earned meal and a drink or two.