Sunday, September 15, 2013

Welcome To Wales

We have just finished the second day of our walk on the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. So much has happened since I last had Internet access that it would be impossible to get it all into this blog post. Let me start by saying that Wales is a very beautiful place with a very confusing language. The goal seems to be to use as many letters as possible in each word, and one of the ways they do this is by doubling up many of the consonants.

 

The people have been incredibly friendly, the food is good and we have contributed to the local economy by sampling both Welsh cider and whiskey. Here we are the day we arrived in St. David's, at a pub called The Bishops. (Just in case you are wondering, the sign behind us is the name of some rock formations off the nearby coast.)

The scenery along the coast is even more beautiful than the pictures in the guide books. Here's a sampling from day one.

One of the highlights the first day was seeing a mother grey seal nursing her baby.

We laughed so hard at these pigs, who seemed as entertained by us as we were by them.

We were very impressed with Kath's pig calling abilities.

It was a fifteen mile day, and the last four miles we walked in a fairly heavy rain, but we had good rain gear and managed to stay dry. After dinner we walked down to the beach by our B&B, and I loved how cozy this house looked.

Today was day two, and the weather was perfect. So perfect in fact, I got sun-burned. I was warned to bring many things to Wales, things like a rain jacket, rain pants, warm clothes and a hat. Not once did anyone suggest sunscreen!

We had happened to book our walk for the same dates as the Red Bull International Cliff Diving event. It was taking place on the cliffs near the B&B where we stayed the first two nights, and when we left this morning the trail went right by the site. The competition wasn't until later in the day, so when we walked by they were just getting things set up. If you look closely you can see the skimpy ladder they have to go down to get to the platform.

 

This picture gives you a better idea of how high up that platform is. I felt sort of queasy just looking at it.

Today's walk took us by the picturesque village of Porthgain.

We passed cows and sheep.

We ate lunch on a windswept cliff top.

We walked and walked and walked, and this is what it looked like along the way.

Tomorrow should be interesting. The forecast is for gale force winds. We like adventure, but that might be a bit more than we are willing to take on!

 

11 comments:

  1. SO glad you are enjoying Wales, we've not been for years, but I love this part of the coast. The weather can be so unpredictable, best to pack for everything!!

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  2. What a wonderful adventure you are having, Kristie. Love those wind-swept cliff-tops, and the cute cottages. Enjoy!! x

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  3. Ruth in Ontario, CanadaSeptember 15, 2013 at 5:55 AM

    Fantastic - makes me wish I were there with you. I suppose you haven't been in many shops, but do keep an eye out for SheepPooPaper stationery products (notecards, gift wrap, etc.)...no, I'm not kidding. The company is based in Snowdonia.

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  4. One of the best things about UK is how richly varied it is, though small - so glad you are enjoying it. Are you coming to Scotland?

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  5. Super photos of another gorgeous part of the country. The Pembrokeshire coast is wonderful and yes, it can be sunny there whilst it's cloudy inland. It's very windy here in Mid-Wales today, so I do hope you're all still earthbound.

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  6. I hope your walk today hasn't been too challenging. There is nothing like walking along the coast paths and you look as if you are having an amazing time.
    Sarah x

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  7. It looks as though you are having a wonderful time. Your photos are fabulous! Ros

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  8. Lovely part of the country Kristie and walks along the cliffs are a favourite pastime of ours too. Stunning photos. Enjoy.
    Patricia x

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  9. Fab pics! I love the coastal path.. we're usually a little further north around Llangrannog and Cwmtydu :)

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  10. What beautiful countryside! We almost planned a trip to Wales a few years ago but somewhere else caught our interest and put it on the back burner. Now I want to revisit that idea, thanks to your excellent photos. Glad you girls are having such a grand time over there.

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  11. The scenery and the distance you're covering are amazing. I never associated seals with Wales, that's really interesting.

    I don't know what requires the bigger act of courage, walking out on the platform or jumping!

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