Walking the Ceredigion Coastal path, West Wales. Penbryn to Tresaith
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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. 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 8th August we decided that we would recover from the visit of our 3 lively grandsons with a relaxing walk.
We chose a relatively easy walk from Prenbryn to Tresaith, about 3 miles return, with the prospect of a drink and snack at the National Trust café, toilets and car park at Penbryn.
We parked in the honesty box car park opposite St Michaels Church Penbryn SA44 6QN. The church is ancient but it seems it is unknown quite how old is. It is in a beautiful spot and has excellent views across to the coast.
After having a look around the church, which is usually open we turned left from the church gate down the hill and after a few yards went through the gate on our left and across the field to another gate into the national Trust woodlands. Here we turned left again following signs for the coastal path.
The path through the woods is elevated above the valley and the stream leading to Penbryn Beach. Dogs are only allowed on the beach from September to May. We ignored the signs for the beach and went left onto the coastal path. Views of the beach opened up to our right.
We enjoyed lovely views from the cliffs along the path and after about half a mile Tresaith a small village with a sandy beach and lots of caravans came into sight. It was a steep walk down steps to the road leading down to The Ship Inn and then the beach, toilets and small seasonal shop. The beach is dog friendly but there is restricted access in the summer. The Saith stream, tumbles over the cliffs down to the beach a picturesque water fall.
The return journey started off with a steep climb up the road and then up the stepped path to the cliff top coastal path. In this direction the views were excellent, the path stretched out in front of us leading back to Prenbryn.
We looked out for the sign to the beach, off the coastal path to our left, and followed this down to the woodland path but turned right rather than left at the junction. This path led us back up stream and after a few hundred yards we turned left down some steep steps to a bridge across the stream where our dogs had a welcome drink.
We crossed the bridge and enjoyed the view of the waterfall before climbing up the steps to the national trust car park and café. Here we had a well-earned drink and snack.
Rested and refreshed we set off back down to the bridge and up the other side where we turned right along the path. We ignored the path to the right down to the beach and just after it followed the sign to the left for the church, across the field, back to the road and turned right along the road back to the church and our parked car.