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23 Miles from our holiday cottages
Gwbert near Cardigan, Ceredigion
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“ Nice views at the beginning and end but the large proportion of road walking makes it probably the least attractive of the Ceredigion Coastal footpath. ”Stallion Valley Holiday Cottages Advice
Walking the Ceredigion Coastal path, West Wales: Gwbert to Mwnt 3.5 miles each way
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 February 12th we walked the 3.5 mile section from Gwbert to Mwnt beach along with our 3 dogs. This section is perhaps the least attractive of the path as it detours away from the coast due to an access dispute with Cardigan Island Farm Park. Over half of the walk is along country lanes.
We parked in the free car at the viewpoint car park in Gwbert and admired the view across The Teifi Estuary to Pembrokeshire and Poppit Sands. From the car park we turned left up the hill and walked along the footpath the weather was dry and we made good time with the dogs straining on their leads.
At the entrance of the Cliff Hotel the coastal path turns right along the road but we took a detour straight on following the footpath through the Cliff Hotel grounds along the coast to see the excellent views across the estuary to Cardigan Island. At the end of the path we had to turn back and retrace our steps to the Cliff Hotel where we turned left and headed along the road to Ferwig.
At the village of Ferwig the path turns off onto a dead lane through a farm yard and onto a bridle path, which was very muddy following a wet winter. It was relief to reach the footpath along the cliff tops and to be able to let our dogs off the lead for the final half mile walk to Mwnt beach.
The Ceredigion coast and beaches are world class have superb views and are a haven for wildlife. Today we did not see seals or dolphins but they are often spotted from the cliff tops near Mwnt.
Mwnt beach is owned by the National Trust, the headland overlooks a remote sandy beach. There are toilets, a pay & display car park and a beautiful 15th century church. We walked down the steep path alongside the tumbling stream to the beach with the dogs which is only allowed off season (September to May).
After a stiff climb from the beach back to the path we set off on our return walk to Gwbert and got a different perspective on the scenery.
We enjoyed our walk despite the road section and on our return were ready to enjoy a cup of tea and ticking off another 3.5 miles, from our target, to walk with our dogs The 60 mile Ceredigion Coastal Footpath.
Ordinance survey explorer map 198 www.ceredigioncoastpath.org.uk
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