We walked a part of the Pembrokeshire Coast Path1 today, from Solva, where we have taken a cottage for the week, north and east to St Justinians. The official mileage chart has it as 10.7 miles, and wearing our multi-activity shoes rather than, in my case, my Meindl Bhutan boots, and walking on hard ground, it certainly felt like that. We set off at 10.00a and eventually reached the car park at St J, where we planned to pick up the local bus to St Davids and from there back to Solva, at 3:10p. The bus was due at 3:15p, and, realising that time was tight, we did the final mile or so in what must have been record time.
The walk was beautiful. The weather forecast had been for sunny intervals up to the middle of the afternoon, then rain was due. In the event we had a tiny sprinkling of rain around 2:00p but otherwise the weather was fine and sunny. On the more exposed sections of the walk, which was almost entirely along the top of the cliff, the wind was very strong, although when we turned away from the sea it became very warm at times.
F was pleased to find a new wild flower, the Spring Squill, with beautiful little lavender flowers, that was brought to her attention by one of the walkers we met along the way. In general, the whole of the walk was full of new spring flowers, which added to the attraction.
We met a number of fellow travellers along the way, including a couple of men who were doing the whole 186 miles and who had about 80 miles still to go. Most of them seemed to be walking from north to south, although it seems that the recommended route is the opposite direction.
A great day out, along a stretch of coast that I’ve never seen before, and that is well worth a visit.
1. Interestingly, the Pembrokeshire Coast Path is part of the International Appalachian Trail. The bizarre nature of this is mitigated by the fact that, at one time, millennia ago, the Appalachian mountain range was linked to mountain ranges in Europe.↩