Monday, September 16, 2013

Constantly Changing

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...

To 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. :-)



  1. Do be careful, you need to get back to that grand daughter in one piece. Hope your friend's hand is ok, has she had a tetanus shot recently?

  2. Please go back to the Red Bull platform. We would like to post video of jump for Kath. And be careful over there, they look pastoral, but the sheep can be aggressive.

  3. I'm not sure I would want to be that close to the edge, with the cliffs falls we have had in this area the paths would have been diverted. The cliffs look more stable in Wales. I too would have joined you on the beach with a bakewell tart! Hope your last days walk was not too difficult.
    Sarah x

  4. Oh Bakewell tarts! I'd join you for that! However, you are made of much hardier stuff than I with your hikes thus far. DO be safe, all three of you, on the morrow.

  5. You do sound like your having such an adventure Kristie . Hope Melissa's hand is on the mend. Bakewell tart - mmm now that sounds yummy. Keep safe.
    Patricia x

  6. Your B&B is so pretty. I hope Kath's hand is okay. Is she up to date on her tetanus shot? The cliffs look so beautiful but a little scary! Hope your trip continues to be really fun. :)

  7. Super photos of our Welsh weather and landscape, Kristie. You're obviously having a wonderful time despite rain, wind and mishaps. Looking at those cliffs, it's a good thing the wind was from the west......

  8. Wow, parts of the trail don't seem very trail-like. It looks more like you're blazing the trail. I hope the barbed wire encounter is the last mishap on your adventure.