Three more weekends and we would be in Amroth. For the first weekend we all stayed in the Coastal Park Accommodation & Grill in Llanelli. Not a name that trips off the tongue but nevertheless it served its purpose. To make life easier I had dumped the idea of shuttling cars and hired a mini bus to take us from the end of the walk, where we would drive to in the morning, to the start. This was a much better method as it didn’t waste time.
Before I start the description of the walks I must tell a funny story. On Friday 4 September I was sitting outside a cafe in Munich enjoying an early morning cup of coffee. I idly looked at my phone and noticed an email. When I opened it, it was from the mini bus company who wanted to know where we were as their driver was waiting for us at Lougher. I emailed back telling them they had the wrong week, we were due to start on the 11th. The reply was that according to their records it was this week. Knowing they were wrong I told them it was next week and don’t do any more until I get home the following Monday.
On Monday we arrived home late in the evening and the first thing I did was to check my records which said 4th to 6th August. The following morning I had to ring and apologise. They were very understanding and said they would provide the mini bus as required for no extra charge.
In my defence, originally we were going a week earlier. For some reason I had to put it back a week but then forgot to tell the bus company. When I saw the driver on the Friday I gave him something for his troubles and to ease my conscience.
Crofty to Lougher: 7.0 miles (11.2km) +101m -106m (11 September 2015)
This was essentially a catchup walk to complete the Gower due to cancelling a day last year because of high winds.
The mini bus dropped us off at Crofty and we then had rather uninteresting walk mainly along roads to Lougher.
Lougher to Burry Port: 10.9 miles (17.6km) +74m -74m (12 September 2015)
We started the day by crossing Lougher Bridge which took us into Carmarthenshire. This took us onto the Millennium Coastal Park which runs from Lougher to Llanelli. Just over a mile into the walk we stopped for coffee at a point that I calculated was approximately half distance around Wales, that is 519 miles completed from Prestatyn to Chepstow to this point, plus the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. I was excited by this but not everyone shared my enthusiasm.
This very flat walk continued around Llanelli and its docks then to the Sandy Water Park. We completed the day’s walk at the Outer Harbour in Burry Port.
Burry Port to Kidwelly: 9.7 miles (15.6km) +69m -71m (13 September 2015)
Another flat day’s walking along the Coast Path. When we arrived at Pembury Country Park we couldn’t find the Path. However, we managed to get through to the coast where some had more fun than others!
We then had a long walk along the beach where we saw a sunken boat…
and finally found the way off the beach in spite of it doing its best to mislead us.
After walking through Pembury Forest we walked around the Motor Racing Circuit which was very frustrating because we could hear them and smell them but we couldn’t see the cars racing.
The end of the walk was at the car park near Kidwelly Quay where we all said our farewells until next time.
Total walked over the weekend: 27.6 miles
Total around Wales: 523.4 miles