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.
Friday 24th May 2019 18:52
Location:Somewhere between Mwnt and Aberporth
I’m sitting now on a little headland next to a footpath that leads down to the sea. Back up the footpath the other way lies Pen-y-Graig Farm. Two black dolphins are swimming and diving in the waters in front of me, the grey seal lies on a rock in the evening sun. A moment ago it arched its back and stretched out its rear flippers in that curious cat like stretch.
A little sea gull raised its alarm call again and this time I could see it harrying a larger gull and sounding the alarm, until I think the larger gull dropped the egg or chick it had stolen and a dozen more gulls flew down to fight over the stolen treasure. To my left the sun is getting a little lower in the sky. By the rule of fingers sunset is six away, an hour and a half. To my right the missile research base on Aberporth headland looks out over me. With their telescopic sights, zoom-in CCTV and thermal imaging cameras I stand out from the grass of the headland like a glowing beacon. I have no phone signal here either, my pleasant looking field of green transpired to be a field of late corn or some such, with soft granulated soil and overlooked by a caravan in the next field. I suspect the caravan is probably unoccupied as it appeared to be in a horse paddock but I just want up for bedding down in soft loamy field. So I wait here now for darkness to fall so I can seal myself up in my bivvi bag and sleeping bag and sleep out under the stars on this little headland until morning comes, which is likely to be 5 or 6 AM, and I can drink tea and head onwards to Aberporth for supplies, ablutions and breakfast.
Can you spot my sleeping spot?
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