St Dogmaels to Ceibwr Bay.
Finally, I had a clear sunny day with no other commitments to begin my walk of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path and I set off to the most northerly point and beginning of the walk at St Dogmaels. Reading up about the trek beforehand I was aware that to do the whole section from there to Newport would be rather a rash start – described as the most taxing and needing about 8 hours! Arriving at St Dogmaels about 10.30am on a lovely autumn Sunday, my plan was to walk as far as Ceibwr Bay, which would be more realistic and still a challenging 6 or 7 miles. This section takes you to the highest point on the path at 575 feet or 175 m and is notoriously varied in the number of steep inclines and drops.
Cwtch the collie and I set off. Initially the path meandered along the estuary from St Dogmaels to Poppit Sands and then climbed along the lanes up to the youth hostel and Allt-y-goed farm and campsite, before joining the coastal track at the Cemaes Head Nature Reserve. The lane is long and winding and very steep in places, so I very soon realised I was maybe not as fit as I had hoped and stopping to take photos and remove layers was very welcome! Cemaes Head is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and has spectacular views across Cardigan Bay and beyond. – I was intrigued to overlook the site of the famous legend of Peregrine and the Mermaid.