I have to say, there aren't any boring moments when you walk in Wales. The coastline changes at every turn, the weather changes from moment to moment, and sometimes even the signs marking the trail can surprise you. Today as we started our walk in Fishguard this is what greeted us when we looked at the marker at the beginning of the trail. Yarn bombers had been there, and I loved their handiwork!
We had several squalls today. Dark clouds would roll in and in a matter of minutes the sky would change from this...
And back to this...
Today we had our first casualty. Kath got blown into a barbed-wire fence and gouged her hand in several places. Fortunately Melissa had a first aid kit.
Falling into barbed-wire is nasty, but not nearly as nasty as falling the other direction, which would in most places mean over a cliff. In the video clip we linked to yesterday (special thanks to Melissa's son Bridger for getting the clip onto YouTube!), we are walking through one of the rare places in the trail where we aren't right by a cliff edge.
This should give you an idea of just how close we are most of the time. In this picture I am standing on the trail. You can see my arm extended out. My fingers are just inches from what would be a straight drop down.
The drop looks like this.
Here's another view from a slightly different angle.
Tomorrow is our final day of walking, and I must admit to feeling a bit intimidated. The gentleman who runs the B&B we are staying at tonight is a walker himself, and he told us this final fifteen mile stretch is the most challenging of the whole walk. When he asked if we knew what to do if we got into trouble and needed help I responded by saying I would call 999 and ask for Prince William to come rescue us. Apparently this wasn't the right answer.
He has a huge map of the trail on his wall, and he showed us how to use the grid system so we would know where to direct the emergency personnel should the need arise. The weather forecast for tomorrow looks grim, but we are hoping things improve before we set out. The knowledgeable B&B owner told us he will keep an eye on things and let us know if it isn't safe to walk the Pembrokeshire Path tomorrow. We will heed his advice.
In the meantime we are enjoying our lovely B&B and looking forward to getting a good night's sleep. Tomorrow we will start our day with breakfast being served in a room with an incredible view of the bay here in Newport. After that I have no idea what to expect, but that's all part of the adventure!
And I feel like I should clarify the whole swimming episode from yesterday. Kath and Melissa went in the water. I sat on the beach eating a gluten-free Bakewell tart. :-)