It’s been a beautifully sunny, crisp day here in Pembrokeshire – a cracking opportunity to get the 2018 walking year started. So, it was on with the kit (plenty of layers, hats and gloves and nice clean and dubbin’d boots after the last walk of 2017!), lunch in the rucksack (got to get through that chocolate mountain!) and the GoPro to hand (with fully charged battery!).
Choice of route – easy: the perfect visibility meant get some elevation for the long range views of some of the Pembrokeshire islands – Ramsey, Skomer and the Bishops and Clerks. It had to be park at Whitesands Bay and then out and around Carn Llidi and Carn Perfedd). We could also get another glimpse of the seal pups!
Distance and Timings – about 8.5km. In really ‘big handfuls, small map’ terms that was four hours accounting for plenty of photo stops and lunch. Start time was 11:00 and sunset was 16:23 – so no problem with daylight.
Direction – easy: get the inland bit out of the way first so from Whitesands Bay car park we’d head for Treleddyd-Fawr and turn North to the coast. Then, follow the Coastal Path all the way back to Whitesands Bay. Only slight concern was whether the low sun would be hidden by Carn Llidi later in the day but that would not be a show stopper.
One more thing – the cafe at Whitesands Bay closed at 16:00 if we wanted a hot drink on completion!
Post-Walk Comment – Great, great walk – completely lived up to expectation and the post-walk coffee came with a massive piece of carrot cake! Enjoy the photos.
Hopefully we will see you out there soon.
Ian and Carol – Discover Walking Pembrokeshire.
Above Left: Carn Llidi on the right and Ramsey Island in the distance. Above Right:looking further East to Carn Penberry.
Above Left: The sun starting to lower over Skomer Island – probably one of the best of the islands off the coast. Above Right: Again looking East along the coast.
Above Left: Coetan Arthur – an impressive Neolithic burial chamber. Above Right: the seal pups (look closely!)