Walking the Ceredigion Coastal path, West Wales.
Penbryn to Llangrannog, 2 miles each way
Ordinance survey explorer map 198
Holiday cottage owners Mick & Julie's New Year's resolution was to walk the 60 mile long Ceredigion Coastal Path in sections during 2013/4. 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 Sunday 29th of December 2013 we tackled the 2 mile section from Penbryn to Llangrannog and return. After all of the rain we set of with our 2 dogs in high spirits in bright sunshine.
We parked in The National trust pay & display car park for Penbryn beach where in there is a café and toilets in season. The walk down to the beach through to woods from there is good one and the beach walk is good at low tide.
From the car park we headed downhill along the road towards the beach and after a few yards followed the coast path sign posted lane up the hill. The path climbs and after a while the view south opens up. In the clear sunshine we had a good view of Penbryn Beach below. Further along we were able to see Tresaith & its waterfall, beyond that Aberporth and further along still Cardigan Island.
Heading north we enjoyed the sunshine and fine views over Cardigan Bay from our lofty viewpoint.
Continuing along the path after a half a mile or so, we had a fine view of a deserted beach far below and then the path headed down to a footbridge leading to steps climbing back out of the valley. Charlie and Hamish our two dogs were enjoying running free effortlessly up and down the steep path.
Back on top of the cliffs we were able to see the Ynys Loctyn penninsular ahead and a small waterful tumbling down to the rocks far below.
Ynys is Welsh for Island and at high tide the tip of the peninsular is cut off and becomes an island. The peninsular is a good place for catching renowned Cardigan Bay lobsters, crayfish and crabs.
Llangrannog is one of Cardigan Bay’s prettiest little villages. It has pubs, cafes, shops, luxury ice creams, toilets and a nice sandy beach.
After rest and refreshments we climbed back up the cliff from Llangrannog for our return journey and again enjoyed the excellent scenery. Halfway back, after our climb back up from the footbridge, we rested and enjoyed the view back to the deserted beach.
Before our eyes developed a wonderful rainbow a magical site we have never seen such vivid colours or such a complete bow, magnificent! Photos could not do it justice.
Reluctantly we left the rainbow behind and all too soon Penbryn beach was below us and we were heading back to the car.
We had another day of wonderful walking along the Ceredigion Coastal Footpath admiring the
wonders of Cardigan Bay.
We are lucky, the holiday cottage owners life in West Wales takes some bettering!