Week 37 – Penychain to Bangor

Wednesday 12th to Tuesday 18th June 2019

Penychain to Llanbedrog  11.32 miles
Morfa Nefyn to Llithfaen  7.09 miles
Clynnog Fawr to Caernarfon  10.85 miles
Caernarfon to Bangor  9.87 miles

Total miles this week 39.13

Total miles to date 1648.36

 

Pwllheli

 

Pwllheli

 

Pwllheli

 

Morfa Nefyn to Llithfaen

 

Clynnog Fawr to Caernarfon

 

One of the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways’ beautiful old engines, which carry passengers through the heart of Snowdonia National Park. Fawr to Caernarfon.

 

One of Welsh Highland Railways’ benches, Caernarfon station.

 

Grab dredge, Caernarfon

 

Pavement mosaic, Caernarfon

 

Mausoleum in Vaynol Wood near Bangor

 

A glimpse of the Menai Strait from Vaynol Wood near Bangor

 

 

Week 36 roundup – Aberystwyth to Penychain

Wednesday 5th to Tuesday 11th June 2019

Aberystwyth to Borth 6.8 miles
Tywyn to Fairbourne  11.00 miles
Fairbourne to Llanenddwyn 7.74 miles
Llanenddwyn to Porthmadog  14.23 miles
Porthmadog to Penychain  12.88 miles

Total miles this week 52.65

Total miles to date 1609.23

Aberystwyth cliff railway

 

Sculpture made from beach litter. Borth.

 

Artwork at Borth railway station

 

Artwork at Borth railway station

 

One track, choose your direction. Nice and easy. Borth railway station.

 

Tywyn to Fairbourne

 

Tywyn to Fairbourne

 

Tywyn to Fairbourne

 

Yarn bombing at Llwyngwil. Tywyn to Fairbourne.

 

The sea front of Fairbourne, which has one of the longest Second World War coastal defences in the UK. Built in 1940, the defences run for 1.5 miles. There were once five Type 24 bulletproof pillboxes; over 650 concrete tank obstacles or “Dragon’s Teeth”; and barbed wire supported on wooden posts set into the beach. The defences were manned by the Merionethshire Home Guard.

 

The railway and toll footbridge, looking towards Barmouth.

 

Barmouth sea front

 

Fairbourne to Llanenddwyn

 

Tremadoc Bay, Llandanwg to Porthmadog

 

Llandanwg to Porthmadog

 

Llandanwg to Porthmadog

 

Penychain to Porthmadog

 

Penychain to Porthmadog

 

Criccieth, Penychain to Porthmadog

 

Criccieth castle and town in the distance. Penychain to Porthmadog

 

Penychain to Porthmadog

 

Penychain to Porthmadog

Week 35 roundup – Moylgrove to Llanon

Wednesday 28th May to Tuesday 4th June 2019

Moylgrove to Cardigan 11.25 miles
Cardigan to Aberporth 9.2 miles
Aberporth to New Quay 12.42 miles
New Quay to Llanon  10.59 miles

Total miles this week 43:46

Total miles to date 1556.58

Moylgrove to Cardigan

 

Moylgrove to Cardigan

 

Mermaid sculpture at St Dogmaels

 

“Leaping Dolphin”, designed and carved by Paul Clarke. Funded by the Prince’s Trust Cymru. Summer 2001. Aberporth.

 

Aberporth to New Quay

 

Saint Carannog (480-540 A.D.), founder of Llangrannog. Sculpture by Sebastien Boyesen 2011. Aberporth to New Quay.

 

Aberporth to New Quay

 

Aberporth to New Quay

 

Aberporth to New Quay

 

New Quay to Llanon

 

Aberaeron

 

New Quay to Llanon

 

Llanon

 

 

Week 34 roundup – Newgale to Moylgrove

Wednesday 22nd to Tuesday 28th May 2019

Newgale to St Davids  9.94 miles
St David’s peninsula  12.13 miles
St David’s to Abercastle  11.74
Abercastle to Fishguard  11.04 miles
Fishguard to Dinas Island  6.81 miles
Dinas Island to Moylgrove  10.96 miles

Total miles this week 62.62

Total miles to date 1513.12

Solva Harbour and Gwadn

 

The water was so clear! Newgale to St David’s

 

Newgale to St David’s

 

Around St David’s peninsula

 

So many wild flowers like these on the coast path

 

Around St David’s peninsula

 

Coetan Arthur (Arthur’s Quoit) burial chamber, St David’s Head

 

St David’s

 

Plants growing in walls are a common sight along the coast

 

The Blue Lagoon, Abereiddi. Formed when the channel connecting the quarry to the sea was blasted, flooding it.

 

St David’s to Abercastle

 

Porthgain. St David’s to Abercastle.

 

The ruins of Aberfelin Corn Mill, Trefin, overlooking the bay at Aber Draw. St David’s to Abercastle.

 

Aber Mawr. Abercastle to Fishguard.

 

Mosaic commemorating “The Battle of Fishguard”, a military invasion by Revolutionary France, 1797, AKA the “last invasion of mainland Britain”

 

The quay, Lower Town, Fishguard

 

The quay, Lower Town, Fishguard

 

“Fishguard herrings”, a sculpture reflecting the historic herring industry of Lower Town.

 

Newport Sands

 

Newport Sands

 

Newport Sands

Week 33 roundup – Angle to Newgale

Wednesday 15th to Tuesday 21st May 2019

Martin’s Haven to Little Haven 11.01 miles
Marloes to Dale  8.75 miles
Angle to Pembroke 12.06 miles
Milford Haven to Dale Fort  7.47 miles
Little Haven to Newgale 7.64

Total miles this week 46.93

Total miles to date 1450.5

 

Old mechanism at Martins Haven

 

St Brides Haven

 

Marloes to Dale

 

Angle to Pembroke

 

Angle to Pembroke

 

Around the edge of the oil refinery. Angle to Pembroke

 

Quoit’s Mill, Monkton. Angle to Pembroke

 

The “Giant’s Water Tap”, Quoit’s Mill, Monkton. Angle to Pembroke

 

Lime kiln, Sandy Haven

 

The Foxgloves are out! Milford Haven to Dale Fort

 

Milford Haven to Dale Fort

 

Little Haven to Newgale

 

Little Haven to Newgale

 

Week 32 roundup – Saundersfoot to Angle, and Pembroke Dock to Milford Haven

Wednesday 8th to Tuesday 14th May 2019

Saundersfoot to Manorbier 11.41 miles
Manorbier to Bosherston  10.63 miles
Bosherston to Freshwater West  8.91 miles
Pembroke Dock to Milford Haven  11.73 miles
Freshwater West to Angle 8.7 miles

Total miles this week 51.38

Total miles to date 1403.57

Saundersfoot to Manorbier

 

Tenby. Saundersfoot to Manorbier.

 

St Catherine’s Island, Tenby. Saundersfoot to Manorbier.

 

Manorbier to Bosherston

 

An old tensioning fence post, Manorbier to Bosherston

 

Stackpole. Manorbier to Bosherston.

 

Barafundle Bay, Manorbier to Bosherston.

 

Manorbier to Bosherston.

 

Manorbier to Bosherston.

 

 

Lily Ponds, Bosherston

 

St Govan’s Chapel, Bosherston to Freshwater West

 

St Govan’s Chapel, Bosherston to Freshwater West.

 

Guillemot colony at Stack Rocks/Green Bridge. Bosherston to Freshwater West.

 

Guillemot colony at Stack Rocks. Bosherston to Freshwater West.

 

Ammunition damage, Castlemartin range, Bosherston to Freshwater West.

 

Castlemartin Range Trail, Bosherston to Freshwater West.

 

Martello tower at Pembroke Dock

 

Pembroke Dock to Milford Haven

 

Pembroke Dock to Milford Haven

 

Pembroke Dock to Milford Haven

 

Freshwater West to Angle

 

Freshwater West to Angle

 

Freshwater West to Angle

 

Freshwater West to Angle

Week 31 roundup – Nicholaston to Saundersfoot

Wednesday 1st to Tuesday 7th May 2019

Nicholaston to Port Eynon 6.88 miles
Port Eynon to Llangennith 9.6 miles
Llanelli to Kidwelly 11.8 miles
Kidwelly to Laugharne 10.22 miles
Laugharne to Saundersfoot 13.63 miles

Total miles this week 52.13

Total miles to date 1352.19

Nicholaston

 

Nicholaston Burrows

 

Nicholaston to Port Eynon

 

Oxwich Church. Nicholaston to Port Eynon.

 

Approaching Port Eynon

 

Horton. Nicholaston to Port Eynon.

 

Port Eynon/Overton to Llangennith

 

Port Eynon/Overton to Llangennith

 

Port Eynon/Overton to Llangennith

 

Worms Head and the National Coastwatch Institution station. Port Eynon/Overton to Llangennith. Gower Coast.

 

Rhossili Bay. Port Eynon/Overton to Llangennith.

 

Rhossili Bay and Worms Head. Port Eynon/Overton to Llangennith.

 

Hedge trimming, sheep style. Llangennith.

 

Burry Port, Llanelli to Kidwelly.

 

Llanelli to Kidwelly

 

A tea-shop in Kidwelly

 

Kidwelly to Laugharne

 

Kidwelly to Laugharne

 

Ferryside. Kidwelly to Laugharne.

 

Jellyfish at Scotts Bay, Llansteffan. Kidwelly to Laugharne.

 

The 13th century Laugharne Castle.

 

Laugharne to Saundersfoot

 

Laugharne to Saundersfoot

 

Tunnel at Saundersfoot.

Week 30 roundup – Barry to Nicholaston

Wednesday 24th to Tuesday 30th April

Barry Island to Llantwit Major  12.15
Llantwit Major to Porthcawl 12.11
Porthcawl to Port Talbot  13.84
Port Talbot/Swansea to The Mumbles 9.83
The Mumbles to Nicholaston 9.36

Total miles this week 57.29

Total miles to date 1300.06

 

Barry Island

 

Barry Island to Llantwit Major

 

Barry Island to Llantwit Major

 

Llantwit Major to Porthcawl

 

Llantwit Major to Porthcawl

 

Llantwit Major to Porthcawl

 

Ice Tower, Dunraven Castle. Llantwit Major to Porthcawl

 

Llantwit Major

 

Porthcawl

 

Porthcawl to Port Talbot

 

Porthcawl to Port Talbot

 

The canal just west of Port Talbot

 

Port Talbot/Swansea to The Mumbles

 

Swansea

 

Swansea

 

Swansea

 

Possibly St Helen’s station on the world’s first passenger railway, 1807. Called the Swansea and Mumbles railway. It closed in 1960.

 

Swansea, approaching The Mumbles

 

Approaching The Mumbles

 

The Mumbles to Nicholaston

 

The Mumbles to Nicholaston

 

The Mumbles to Nicholaston

 

The Mumbles to Nicholaston

 

Pennard Burrows and Three Cliffs Bay

 

Stepping stones over Pennard Pill. The Mumbles to Nicholaston.

 

 

Week 29 roundup – Clevedon to Barry

Wednesday 17th to Tuesday 23rd April 2019

Clevedon to Portishead 7.60
Severn Beach to Chepstow 6.92
Chepstow to Newport 15.85
Newport to Cardiff 9.05
Cardiff to Penarth 8.86
Penarth to Barry  10.15

Total miles this week 58.43

Total miles to date 1242.77

Clevedon to Portishead

 

Clevedon to Portishead

 

Severn Beach to Chepstow

 

Severn Beach to Chepstow

 

Severn Beach to Chepstow

 

“The Magic Roundabout”, Cardiff to Penarth

 

This urban art in Cardiff was originally brass / bronze all the way to the ground, but has been targeted by thieves!

 

Memorial stones on the Wales Coast Path, Pengam Moors to Penarth

 

Pengam Moors to Penarth

 

Atlantic Wharf, Cardiff

 

Cardiff

 

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

 

Cardiff Bay

 

Pier Head building, Cardiff

 

War memorial in memory of merchant seamen from Wales. Cardiff Bay.

 

Statue in memory of Scott of the Antarctic expedition, which set sail from Cardiff.

 

Penarth Pier

 

Penarth to Barry

 

Penarth to Barry

 

Penarth to Barry

 

Penarth to Barry

Week 28 roundup – R&R near Brecon, then Bridgwater to Clevedon

Wednesday 10th to Tuesday 16th April 2019

Bridgwater to Burnham-on-Sea 11.33
Burnham-on-Sea to Weston-super-Mare 13.98
Weston-super-Mare to Clevedon 0

Total miles this week 25.31

Total miles to date 1136.06

A pill box on the River Parret Trail/England Coast Path

 

Dunball Wharf near Bridgwater

 

Highbridge, Burnham-on-Sea

 

Burnham-on-Sea

 

A rhyne (drainage ditch), so typical of North Somerset. Burnham-on-Sea to Weston-super-Mare

 

Weston-Super-Mare

 

Uphill Manor, Weston-Super-Mare. Shame this wasn’t my B&B!