15-16 September 2012: Newgale to Whitesands
This time I can remember as I was the walk leader because Terry and Stevie couldn’t make it that weekend but I must have been concentrating on the task because I didn’t take any pictures.
Newgale to Caerfai Bay: 8.9 miles (14.3km) +490m -469m (15 September 2012)
The walk started from the car park at Newgale and initially I tried to walk along the shingle wall that protects the land from flooding. After a few minutes I gave up because it was too tiring and crossed over the road to walk along the pavement. When we reached the other end of the beach there was a nice climb to get us warmed up for the day.
The path continued along the top of the cliffs with the occasional dip down to the sea until we came to Solva where we had lunch. At this point we were less than half way and I was aware that the bus was going to collect us from St David’s at 4pm.
I therefore gathered everyone up as soon as they were ready and walked the remainder of the walk at quite a brisk pace. The countryside was the same as the morning with lots of ups and downs and wonderful views out to sea. Our arrival at Caerfai Bay marked the end of the Coast Path part of the day. Unfortunately the bus couldn’t get down to the bay so we had to walk nearly a mile up to the St David’s Tourist Information Office where, because we had walked so fast, we had an hour to wait before the bus was due. Luckily for us there was a nice cafe where we celebrated the end of a good walk with tea and cake.
Caerfai Bay to Whitesands: 8.5 miles (13.6km) +333m -354m (16 September 2012)
This walk took us all round the St David’s headland. The highlight of the day was when to got to Pen Dal-aderyn which is the most westerly point of mainland Wales. So far we have been to the most southerly point at Breaksea Point and at some time in the future we will get to the most northerly at the Point of Ayr. As a matter of interest the most easterly point is Lady Park Wood near Monmouth but unfortunately Offa’s Dyke doesn’t go near there.
Other than that we passed some interesting places including the harbour at Pen-porth-cais, the lifeboat station at Ysys Dinas and the wonderful beach at Whitesands.
Total for the Weekend: 17.4 miles
Total around Wales: 268.5
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