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Wales – Pembrokeshire Coast Path – day four

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Journey Report by BestHike editor Rick McCharles

day 1 | 2 | three | four

I made espresso within the vestibule of my tent in the dead of night. Packed up and was on my toes by 8am. BIG day forward. The hardest and most bodily demanding of any on the Coast Path.

It was about 2 miles to city. One other 14 miles extra (at the least) to complete.

I lastly noticed rabbits on one farm. (SLUGS are far more plentiful.)

Big mushrooms.

I detoured to Newport city to choose up provisions. There was some likelihood I’d have to wild camp once more. I had no reservation for the hostel. And it was Saturday.

Scones and fruit cake are excessive calorie. Simple to eat.

For the primary time in my climbing profession an official path crossed a golf course. That’s cool.

Within the car parking zone Duke of Edinburgh hikers have been unloading. These are college students who needed to plan and execute an expedition of at the least 2 days and 1 evening. They seemed woefully unprepared to me.

The steep, sheer, continuous cliffs start. The best 575ft (175m). There’s just one emergency exit all day.

Slim trails. Far much less used than these within the south.

Sure. Muddy.

Many of the coves are inaccessible besides from sea.

Beautiful surroundings. The climate improved over the day.

October in Pembrokeshire. You already know what which means? 🙂 It’s Atlantic gray seal breeding time!

I did see dozens of seals. (And 5 distant dolphins.)

However I noticed just one pup. The infant (white) seemed practically as massive as Mother.

Pups can’t swim but. And they’re very uncoordinated on land. Helpless as a human child.

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Mother was within the excellent protected spot, nevertheless. A collapsed sea cave known as Witch’s Calderon.

Climate was nice. Apart from the wind.

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I used to be fairly joyful to not far away and see that cliffs had ended. I’d been strolling for practically eight hours.

On a weekend, I feared Poppit Sands hostel could be full. I’d have to wild camp once more.

Fortunately there was house on the inn. I spent about 25 minutes within the scorching bathe! Welsh hostels are glorious.

It was a enjoyable evening chatting with an entertaining, informative Irishman. (Are there another form?) He was simply ending up a three month biking vacation.

Earlier than dinner I walked Poppit seashore. My Coast Path could be ending very first thing within the morning.

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After espresso within the morning I had 2 miles left to path finish in St Dogmaels.

I visited the traditional Abby. And church constructed 1847 from Abby stones.

Right here’s the end.

Over four days I’d walked the first 20 miles. And the final 25 miles. A couple of quarter of the Coast Path. It was sufficient.

Then I walked one other 2 miles alongside the Wales Coast Path, an 870-mile (1,400 km) route round the entire coast of Wales, to the bus cease at Cardigan. From there I deliberate to catch a bus to the practice station.

What! What?

In October there are now not ANY buses to wherever on a Sunday. Bus service has been shrinking for years for rural cities in Wales. ☹️

The closest practice station was 50£ by cab. I hate taxis. So checked into a stunning lodge as an alternative for 45£. A vacation from my climbing trip.

Pembrokeshire Coast Path is unquestionably one of many prime 10 coastal hikes on the planet.

day 1 | 2 | three | four

Cicerone publishes a wonderful guidebook with detailed map.

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