Aberaeron

The “Navigator” had been studying the weather forecast for our Monday walk and it seemed that if we headed for Aberaeron and walked to Llanon we may be lucky and indeed we were.

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We parked on the south side of Aberaeron harbour with nearly all the boats parked up on dry land for the winter, clearly fair weather sailors.

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Aberaeron Harbour

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Many of the houses in the town are brightly painted which was a contrast to the cloudy day, albeit the views towards the Lleyn were reasonably clear.

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Looking south

This part of the coast was new to me although I have often driven past it.

Our plan was to walk to Llanon and make use of our bus passes back to the car hopefully missing the rain which was due to arrive about 1400.

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Afon Arth

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Colourful street in Aberarth

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Fossil of a conch like  thingy

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Waterfall

A lot of the path was muddy made worse by sharing it with cattle.

As we entered Llanon a bus arrived full of old folk just like us.

 

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Port Talbot

A new year and more walks with the “Navigator”. As he was recovering from a minor rumbling tummy the walk would be flat and short but hopefully something new.

The plan was to drive to Briton Ferry,  ( some interesting facts on this link) use the bus pass and ride to the bus station in Port Talbot and walk back to the car.

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After parking the car we found a bus stop which showed some three regular buses but the one that came was not mentioned! However it did take us to the bus station in Port  Talbot.

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A one stop family hairdressers!

We started to follow a cycle route towards the beach but there were on going road works which had closed that route but we wended our way through Sandfields and down to the beach at Aberavon.

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Looking towards Swansea bay

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Looking towards the steel works

Despite a stiff breeze blowing there were lots of people taking the air and walking dogs. We walked the length of the promenade and then down to the beach to continue walking towards the Avon Nedd. We had lunch in the dunes before turning to walk upstream through some Dr Who pipework and re joining the river to view an old dock network designed by Brunel (refer to the above Briton Ferry link).

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No clue given about this construction

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Looking towards the M4 bridge

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From here we headed back to the car in Britton Ferry

New Year 2017 Period

With Christmas over – a lot of local walks with my grand dog daughter, Holly, on a visit from Chester – we were hosting Andy and my wife’s sister for the new Year. Bound to be some walks involved.

They arrived at lunch time Saturday and Andy and I had a short walk to the National Botanic Garden of Wales  where we had a coffee and returned home.

Sunday we took off to friends in Llansteffan and after lunch we had a short cold walk on the beach.

On Monday I had planned a 5 mile, flat walk with the promise of a cafe at the end for the four of us. We headed for Llanmadoc on the north coast of Gower. The weather was clear blue sky and not too cold and of course a lot of others had planned the same walk and the field car park was  nearly full. The thaw gave rise to a slippery down hill parking place. The way out could be “interesting”, but that was for later.

The first half of the walk is along the beach, passing the Whiteford lighthouse now long disused and the only metal one left in the UK.

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Whitford Lighthouse

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Have they seen the signs?

We turned inland between the salt marsh and the woods all hoping for a coffee and cake. IT WAS SHUT!!!. No mention of this on their website or notices on the gates. In fact the other tea room and local pub were also closed, must be a very local holiday!

We now faced the problem of exiting the car park as did others. With team work and skillful driving no tractors were required.

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Thankfully we had an invitation to visit my elder son where a welcome buffet was waiting.

On Tuesday Andy and I set for a walk just north west of Carmarthen based on the village of Bronwydd and into the hills and lanes of the area. The first section was along the Afon Gwili where Andy and I have had good days canoeing.

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Afon Gwili

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Andy learning about Rebecca Riots

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I like this sign

 

We both dragged each other out again on Wednesday for a walk on Mynydd Myddai with another promise of a cafe at the end in the village of Myddfai.  Promise fulfilled this time. Coffee and bara brith and a pat of butter!

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To The Physicians Well

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Bleak

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The trig on Mynydd Myddfai

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We are here somewhere

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More bleakness

 

On our return leg we watched two red kites circling each other and flying low over us,magnificent.

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Andy looking at the mistletoe – no chance!

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Less bleak

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Typical Carmarthenshire farm

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Colourful houses in Myddfai

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Ye olde chemist!

Am I glad that Andy lives in Chester or we would be playing every day.

Blywdden newydd dda i pawb.

 

 

 

Swansea Bay

I had planned to watch my grandson play rugby in Waunarlwydd and to make the most of the day I decided to have a cycle ride after the game.

It was a good start as his team, Bynea under nines, came out on top. I then drove to Gowerton and cycled down route NCN4 down through the Clyne valley to Swansea Bay.

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From there I turned left and rode up and through the marina and returned back to Gowerton.

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There were lots of people cycling, walking and running despite an overcast day.