Published: September 13th 2007September 9th 2007
This weekend we decided to venture west and visit the beautiful Pembrokshire Coastal Path. Basically they have established a 186 mile walking trail in the South West corner of Wales which hugs the coast line all the way.
Being the 9-5 slaves we now are, we ventured off on Friday night, Jason catching the train from Newport to Bridgend while Kirstyn frantically purchased an entire camping get-up for the weekend! We made it across to Freshwater East a little after 8 and suprisingly managed to erect our unseen tent in the dark without too much hassle.
It was great to be back out camping again enjoying some basic camp food on our new, cheap imitation trangia, as well as a drop of beer and vino!
The next morning after a hearty brekkie we walked down to start the path. The coast is quite spectacular with rugged cliffs, nestled away beaches and bays (Barafundel and Broad Haven the highlights) and all surrounded by rolling green farming lands. The photos will do more to explain the scenery so I'll leave it at that! We even saw a Seal playing off the coast.
We also managed to meet lots of
lovely people on the way, everyone being friendly. We even got an offer to come and stay with a lady called Judy after chatting for a few minutes..We managed to walk all the way to the Stack Rocks which we worked out was around 17km for the day....not too bad we thought. We even had some drama at Stack Rocks with some lonely dogs wandering about and some missing owners who were down the cliffs rock climbing. After much discussion and even a call to the coast guard the owners eventually arose and were met with the wrath of the park ranger!
Fortunately we were able to hitch a ride back in a campervan with some nice travellers who kindly dropped us off at the Bosherston pub where we enjoyed some well earned pints and managed to catch the second half of the Australian rugby game. We then caught the Puffin shuttle right back to our caravan park (a very handy service!) where we settled in for a relaxing night.
Despite being a bit seedy the next morning (something to do with the Chilean merlot and Cromwell port I think) we did a bit of a driving tour
visiting Angle and working our way back through the many tiny villages. Dropped in and walked around the beautiful Lily Ponds complete with swans and apparently otters which we didn't see.
We planned to have lunch in the village of Manorbier but had to make do with a drink and the rugby as we missed the lunch cut-off by a matter of minutes. Sadly the weekend was coming to a close so we had to make tracks and begin the journey home. We drove through the town of Tenby taking in the touristy sites from our car but otherwise basically drove straight home.
A great weekend which has refreshed our enthusiasm for travelling again.......can't wait to buy our van!
There are more photos below