Saturday, 20 August 2005

Ceredigion Coast Path , Coastwalk

New Quay → Pigeonsford

[Looking down on New Quay from Penycastell]

Distance: 7.00 miles
Ascent: 400 metres
Duration: 2 hours 57 minutes

The Cardi Bach
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We cut the very end of today's walk short. Instead of circling the hill fort of Pendinaslorhdyn we followed the road from Pigeonsford into Llangranog: we were short of time and would be stuck if we missed the Cardi Bach.

The minibus was driven by the chattiest driver in Wales. I asked if the village-hopping Cardi Bach service ever got busy. "It's busy now," he said - we were the only two passengers.

[Looking towards Castell Bach from the cliffs above Cwmtydu]

All the way back to New Quay we learnt about the coastline we'd just walked. Of the seals who'd be hiding from the tourists, the listed tin building, the old quarry workings and of the German submarine.

"I swear it's true," he said. "Or at least, the local who told me swore it was true." Sometime during the First World War a German U-boat surfaced and shook the salty Irish Sea off its flanks in the tiny cove at Cwmtydu. Too tired to re-enact the spirited defence of Carregwastad Point the villagers instead invited the would-be invaders in for tea and cake.

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