Clyne, Gower

The “Navigator” suggested a walk which would take in Clyne Gardens on the Gower as they wanted to look at established plants in the boggy area and which would be suitable for their home project. It would also be an opportunity to see the rhododendrons.

As I had a more up to date map, showing open access I was tasked to suggest a walk taking into the Gardens and Clyne Common. I can take the pressure.

Here’s the route.

We spent some time in the Gardens along with many dog walkers and families out enjoying the good weather. Following a coffee break we left Clyne Gardens and joined a path ascending to Clyne Farm (where I have camped a couple of times) and onto Clyne Common where the path cuts through the local golf club. The views were extensive both to the south and north.

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A lunch stop was found and we then headed south across more open land before reaching the suburban area of Newton and Mumbles.

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A path leading close to Oystermouth Castle was taken which led down to the shared path alongside Swansea Bay. It seemed most of Swansea were out for some fresh air.

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The “Navigator” treated us to a lovely ice cream which was an enjoyable end to the walk


With “The Navigator” still up to his armpits in his epic landscaping project, Paul and I relied upon our other go to navigator in the shape of author Alan Richards..

We chose his walk in book 2 of Carmarthenshire Walks and the one with Llanedi as  the centre. The other advantage was the short car ride to the start which avoided the potential West Wales Bank Holiday chaos.


The walk started with a pleasant walk through some woodland which led us eventually into Llanedi Village where we had our first coffee break. The route continued over footpaths and along minor lanes before turning south and then west at Plas Mawr Farm.

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The path near this property had some rather severe signage which made one feel very welcome!

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We were now back on field paths with views looking over the Lougher valley onto Graig Mawr a hill we had walked back in the winter.

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We spent a week from 9th May with our good friends, Merv and Dianne on a holiday based in a cottage in the village of Rowen some 4 miles or so from Conwy North Wales.

This was not to be a hillwalking/canoeing/cycling week but a week being tourists sampling lots of coffee and cakes, which we achieved!

The instructions to get to our cottage assumed we would be coming from Conwy but we approached from the south and being a bloke I thought that in a small village we would have no problems in finding our base. Wrong!

We entered the village passing the local pub which was mentioned in the blurb but then the already narrow lane became narrower and  steeper with nowhere to turn around, so we kept going until we met a gate across the road and thankfully a place to turn.


Back down to the pub we took the sensible action and asked for directions and luckily the couple we asked actually owned the cottages where we were staying.



An excellent location with only the noises of the sheep to disturb the silence. We were adopted by the farm cat who it appeared was stone deaf but very vocal and would sit outside the glass door and make no attempt to come in until at almost the last day when he plucked up courage to come in.


The area was criss crossed by footpaths and for the more hardy you could walk up onto the Carneddau.

On Sunday we  explored Conwy taking in a section of the castle walls and whilst the girls looked at the shops Merv and I explored the nearby waterside. The obligatory photo of the smallest house in Wales was taken.

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Monday saw us visiting Llandudno and The Great Orme. With regard to the latter we took the tram to the top where it was difficult to stand up in the very strong winds, but the views were worthwhile. On returning to the base we then had a walk along the prom of Llandudno which follows the curve of the bay.

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On Tuesday we spent the whole day in Bodnant Gardens a beautiful place to visit.

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Wednesday saw us circumnavigating Anglesey. Once over the bridge we turned left and stopped off in Aberffraw for a coffee in the community centre and then on via Rhosneigr  to look at the South Stacks lighthouse. From there we motored through Holyhead and Amlwch to a lunch stop in the pretty seaside village of Moelfre. We also paid a visit to Red Wharf Bay and then a stop for a leg stretch in Beaumaris before heading back to Rowen.

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Puffin Island

Thursday was a damp day but we were not downhearted and paid a visit to Llyn Crafnant and the inevitable cafe stop. From there we headed to Betws y Coed where numerous shops were visited although Merv and I did have a walk along the riverside.

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On Friday the weather improved again and we were off to see Aber Falls. I took the scenic route up and over the Sychnant Pass. The last time I was at Aber Falls was about two years ago in February when the falls were almost frozen. We had a picnic today but did follow it up with cake and coffee in the cafe in Aber village. Our journey continued via Bethseda and down into the Ogwen valley. We spent some time watching a farmer guiding his sheep dog from across the lake up onto the hill close to Pen yr Ole Wen. Suitably impressed we motored on passing the lovely mountain of Tryfan and into Capel Curig and Plas Y Brenin where some years ago I had an excellent course on the basics of expeditions. We stopped by Llynau Mymbyr to look at Moel Siabod (a hill Cyndi and I climbed BC – (before children) and in the west the Snowdon Horseshoe.

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That evening we had a meal in the local  pub and joined in the Welsh hymn singing!

Our week finished with a an overnight visit to our son, Rhodri and his partner Gianna in Chester.

An enjoyable week in good company.

Millennium Coastal Path

Paul and I parked up at the first parking spot towards the entry to Pembrey Country Park. The council have now done their utmost to deter motorists from free parking anywhere near the entrance  with large tree trunks blocking off grassed areas and yellow lines everywhere.

Being poor pensioners we used the above parking area which would deter most people from walking to the main park.

As we reached the coastal path we soon realised there was a very strong headwind to contend with but as they say it’s all good experience!

The tide was way out with views across to Worm’s Head on the Gower.

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We cycled past Burry Port harbour and on to Pwll where our return trip would find us stopping at the Pavilion Cafe.

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Our route took us on to the Discovery Centre at North Dock. On the route you will see a set of rugby posts with a sculpture of what appears to be Phil Bennett side stepping one of the mighty All Blacks – you had to be there.

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Further on there was a lot of activity involving huge lorries and JCBs moving huge boulders to strengthen the groins.

We were really hoping our return trip would not see a shift in the wind direction. Prayers answered we doubled our outward speed and were soon sitting in the Pavilion Cafe where we devoured double fried egg on toast, thus undoing all the earlier burned up calories.

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