Cwmtydu to Aberporth: 10.0 miles (16.1km) +830m -834m (16 April 2016)
I always knew this was going to be a tough day but it exceeded even my expectations. We were all ready to start at Cwmtydu by 10:25am and our first task was to climb to the top of the hill which was about 150m above us. The path took a long zig-zag and the climb wasn’t too bad and we had a nice view of Cwmtydu below.
We then had a long walk along the top and side of a steep slope down to the sea. Part way along there was a new path rising above the existing one which had fallen into the sea.
We then lost height and walked round the hill fort at Pen-y-Badell and then down to Llangrannog where we had lunch on a rather cold promenade.
After lunch we had another steep climb and came to a statue of St Crannog.
Carannog was the grandson or perhaps the son of Ceredig, the 5th century Prince of Ceredigion. He was expected to follow his grandfather as ruler, but instead he came to the area that is now called Llangrannog and established a religious community and settlement close to the site of the present church.
From Llangrannog, Carannog travelled the Celtic world, establishing religious communities in Somerset, Cornwall, Brittany and Ireland. His Latin name was Carantec and this is reflected in some of these settlements, such as Crantock, Carantec, and Trecarantec.
The sculpture emphasizes his role as a travelling missionary, roughly dressed, and carrying the tools of his trade. The finished work was unveiled by the Archbishop of Wales.
There was a lot more walking to both along the top of the cliffs and dipping down to sea level as we passed through Penbryn and the small fishing village of Tresaith.
Between Tresaith and Aberporth it is mainly caravan country and the final mile or so into Aberporth has been made into a disabled path. We were all happy to see this flat tarmac path after what we had walked over previously.
The final part of the walk was around the harbour and back to our cars nearly 7 hours after we had started back in Cwmtydu.