18-19 May 2013: Whitesands to Garn Fawr
With only three weekends required to complete the Pembrokeshire Coast Path we moved to the Fishguard Bay Hotel in Goodwick.
Whitesands to Trevine: 11.1 miles (17.9km) +659m -646m (18 May 2013)
Early Saturday morning the bus arrived to take us to Whitesands Bay. This was quite a strenuous walk with over 2000 feet of ascent over 11 miles. The path was mainly along the tops of the cliffs and we didn’t get to any sign of habitation until we got to Abereiddy, a small settlement which is better known for its surfing and other watersports. The next harbour was Porthgain which was developed to export limestone. It is now a very popular tourist spot.
A short distance later we arrived at Trefin, our destination for the day. We were very pleased to see the bus waiting for us to take us back to the hotel. On our return journey, near Mathrey, there was a strange smell and when I looked back I saw smoke from the back of the bus. Those sitting in the rear called for the driver to stop and he reluctantly did at the crossroads. We all got out and it was more severe than we first thought. The driver called his office and they said a replacement would be sent out. We waited for quite a time and nothing arrived. Then a service bus, owned by the same company, came round the corner and this took us back to Goodwick.
Trevine to Garn Fawr: 9.6 miles (15.4km) +633m -533m (19 May 2013)
We drove to Garn Fawr and a bus, a different one to the previous day, took us back to Trevine to start the day’s walk. As Saturday, this walk was also very strenuous. It took us through Abercastle and along the cliff tops until we got to Penbwchdy, we then had over a mile of what was essentially a “ridge walk” along the cliff edge to Garn Fawr.
The viewpoint to the west of Garn Fawr was the end of the walk but, as Dororthy and I had recced the area a few weeks earlier, we knew that our cars were on the opposite side and there were two options; either go round or go over. Going over was the most direct option so we went that way. It was a steep climb to the 213m summit and then a slightly easier walk down to the car park.
Total for the Weekend: 20.7 miles
Total around Wales: 297.1 miles
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