14-17 April 2016: Cardigan to Aberaeron – Part 2
Aberaeron to Cwmtydu: 10.2 miles (16.4km) +584m -570m (15 April 2016)
The mini bus picked us up from Cwmtydu and set us down next to the Harbourmaster Hotel in Aberaeron. We started at 10:20 and walked round the harbour.
Leaving Aberaeron we soon gained the top of the cliff and had a pleasant walk along the cliff top before dipping down to a gully where we crossed a stream via new wooden footbridge.
On the seaward side of this bridge there was an amazing waterfall cascading into the sea. The picture doesn’t do it justice.
There were then a few more ups and downs before we came to New Quay Bay and were able to walk along the beach. This beach is slowing being eaten away by the china clay cliffs that are eroding onto the sands. About half way along the beach there were some metal steps which took us to the cliff top and into New Quay where, amongst the smell of chips, we had lunch.
After lunch we walked past the small harbour and up a steep incline to take us up to Penycastell. The sea was remarkably calm and over all three days we were walking along the coast I didn’t see one boat of any size and except for a couple of seal heads, little wildlife either. Hopefully we will have more in May.
The coastline is very rugged as you can see from the picture below.
There are also some amazing rock formations.
Six hours and ten minutes after starting the walk we arrived back at Cwmtydu where are cars were parked but before we returned to the hotel we all called in at the Melyn y Gors cafe opposite the car park where we had a variety of coffees and hot chocolate, some even had cake!
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