Walking the Ceredigion Coastal path, West Wales 10:
Cwmtydu to Cwm Silio, 4 miles circular
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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 Thursday 2nd January 2014 we tackled the 2 mile section from Cwmtydu to Cwm Silio and made it into a 4 mile circular walk. This walk starts at the 13th century church of St Tysilio, which was rebuilt in 1825. St Tysilio is an early Welsh saint of the 7th century. We parked the car in the layby on the right of the lane a few yards from the church.
The walk is sign posted from the kissing gate entrance to the church and goes through the churchyard and around the back of the church to a style over a bridge and down another style onto a path and past A National Trust sign.
We walked along this path to the side of the field and into beautiful Cwm Silio woods. The path was muddy and slippery in places after recent rain. The rainfall had swollen the river tumbling down below us, the path lead down to the Soden River. We crossed the bridge and carried straight on ignoring the path to our left following the river which leads to the waterfalls.
A few yards further on, we crossed another bridge and at the footpath junction went left downstream towards the sea. Soon the trees thinned out and we were able to look down to the river below and its falls to our left. Ahead a view opened up of the sea, a deserted beach and a footbridge across the river.
Reaching the sea we could not resist a detour onto the beach which we had to ourselves and our dogs who enjoyed a run around the open spaces.
Clambering back up the beach to the footpath we crossed the bridge and headed South with the sea on our right up the hill towards Cwm Tydu. At the top the path continued up hill across open grazing.
As we gained height we were able to look down on a rocky gnoll, almost an island and to the right of this the site of an iron age settlement Castell Bach. The path continued along the rim of this amphitheatre with the views inproving as the the path climbed we were able see back north towards Bird Rock the coastguard lookout and New Quay.
Reaching the top we were able to see south and to Cardigan Island in the distance and down to Cwn Tydu below us.
As we reached the headland above Cwm Tydu we were faced with a choice either to take the right hand path down to the beach or to take the left hand path a shortcut avoiding the beach and village. The village has a café in season and toilets.
We turned right and went down to the beach, mainly shingle and cobbles. Seals give birth to pups here in September.
From the beach we had a steep walk up the road, on our left with the beach to our backs.
After a hundred yards or so on a bend to our left we saw a footpath. If we had taken the left hand path back on the headland and not walked down to the beach we would have joined the road at this point.
We carried on up the steep hill to a t junction and turned left.
About a further 200 yards along this road we turned off left along a track, 100 yards along this track we took the footpath on our right along the edge of the field to a gate into the road, back by the church where we started.
This was varied walk:-
• a historic church
• a beautiful wood land
• stunning cliff views
• the site of an ancient fort
• 2 beaches
• some good exercise climbing back up the hill to finish.