I recently began a walk along the Ceredigion Coastal Path which, as part of the Wales Coast Path, runs from Cardigan in the south over 60 miles to Ynyslas on the northern edge of the county. This is my diary of the event.
Thursday 23rd May 2019 19:35
Location: Phoenix Camp Cwmpengraig
Sitting in the back of the van at the campsite planning tomorrow’s start to the walk. D is heading to Swansea and has offered me a lift in the morning. My best preference would be Carmarthen to the start of the walk or Newcastle Emelyn where I could catch a bus to the start of the walk and save the 5 mile walk into Newcastle Emelyn. D is not so sure on account of Carmarthen being in the opposite direction. I’m not so sure I understand as we passed it on the way here and so it can’t be that far out of the way. A quick look at the map reveals the problem. I need to get to Cardigan, not Carmarthen. So Newcastle Emelyn it is then. I can catch the bus outside the livestock market and that should get me into Cardigan in thirty minutes. Then I start walking.
My pack feels inordinately heavy though, I have tried to pack light but there are only so many things I can do without and I felt that I had already pared everything down to a minimum. Everything I look at now translates to grams and kilograms, each litre of water will add a kilo, each can 500 more grams, a pot of yoghurt is another half a kilo. And I still need to add my sleeping bag and water, but I will be taking my first set of clothes out of it. It should also get lighter as the days pass too as I have packed enough muesli for a week and five days supply of Huel and a couple of emergency cans of vegetable curry.
The rough plan is to walk from Cardigan to Borth / Ynyslas over the next week. It’s about 60 miles, so if I walk 5 miles in the morning and 5 miles in the afternoon it’ll take 6 days. It sounds entirely achievable even with stopping to swim in the sea at every possible opportunity and there’s a bag of chips with my name on it at both Aberaeron and Aberystwyth. Maybe some chocolate too.
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