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Neal BatchelorI recently retired from the Telecoms industry and am passionate about the great outdoors of Wales so much so that I recently decided to move to West Wales to live after enjoying regular weekends and holidays here over many years and not really wanting to go home
Famous for its links to the Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas and the model for his village called Llareggub in ‘Under Milk Wood’. About This is a wonderful opportunity to walk a stunning
Famous for its links to the Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas and the model for his village called Llareggub in ‘Under Milk Wood’.
This is a wonderful opportunity to walk a stunning and dramatic section of the Ceredigion Coast path starting out from New Quay, no not the well known Cornish version but the picturesque fishing town, famous for its links to the Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas and the model for his village called Llareggub in ‘Under Milk Wood’.
We head out from the car park located above the town to reach the Penrhiwllan Inn which is where we turn off from the A486 to start heading towards the coast. After about 2km the track eventually reaches Byrlip Farm. From here we begin our descent into the lovely wooded valley of Afon Soden, home to the rare species of the pearl-bordered butterfly. We will take a short diversion to see a beautiful waterfall at Cwm Soden hidden amongst some oak woods.
After exiting the woods we catch several glimpses of Cardigan Bay as we descend down to Cwm Silio, a lovely cove where we can stop for some refreshments. This is where we join the Ceredigion coast path for our return route to New Quay. This is an exciting section of the coast path that twists and turns with dramatic cliff-top views ahead which look spectacular in all the different light conditions. Eventually, we reach the clifftop lookout post offering panoramic views towards Ynys Lochtyn and Cardigan Island in the far distance. From here we may see bottlenose dolphins or Atlantic grey seals which are regular visitors to Cardigan Bay. Next up is Birds Rock or Craig-yr-Adar, the most important seabird colony in Ceredigion where we could see Kittiwakes, Choughs, Guillemonts Fulmars, and Razorbills. The coast path narrows considerably here with dramatic steep drops to Birds Rock and requires a head for heights.
Soon after Birds Rock, we begin our descent into New Quay, a charming and often busy tourist destination with its quaint narrow alleyways. It was once an important herring fishing and shipbuilding center in the 18th century. Here we can grab a coffee or an ice cream depending on the season and sit on the harbor wall admiring the pretty colorful town houses and beach views before heading home.
Height Gain : 271m Distance : 9km Time : 3.5hrs
What to bring
- Walking boots
- Warm layers and waterproofs essential
Church Road Car Park, Church Rd, New Quay SA45 9PB
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