Lower Fishguard to Newport
The day started off dry at least and with very little wind. Decided to postpone the Strumble Head to Fishguard section as bad weather is forecast later in the week so we though we would try and complete the longer harder sections first in the better weather.
Set off from the campsite and arrived at the bus stop near the entrance just as a bus arrived – perfect timing. The main road at Lower Fishguard is extremely narrow and there aren't any traffic lights despite it being a main road and the bus stop is right at the narrow bit. We got off the bus them immediately had to walk back up the narrow road – and there's no pavement either at the narrowest part. There was a pavement a bit further up and on looking over the wall there is a row of vegetable gardens balanced precariously at the top of a very steep slope but obviously sheltered by the wall at the side of the road. A little further on up the road you turn off left onto the path. As it had been raining for almost 24 hours the path was muddy and the vegetation at the sides very wet, my trousers were very soon extremely wet almost up to my thighs. I also discovered that my gortex walking trainers were no longer waterproof – I think they will end up in the bin on our return – it took me 10 minutes to dry out the crinkly feet when we got back to the van.
Not far onto the path you come across an old fort, complete with cannons guarding the entrance to the harbour at Lower Fishguard, and from here you can also see the ferry terminal across the water. The path then meanders in and out mainly on top of the cliff line but some times descending to a beach until it reaches Pwll Gwaelod at the 5 mile mark where we sat on a bench near the beach and ate our sandwiches. There is actually a cafe/restaurant here but we were unlucky because it is closed on Mondays. From here we go round Dinas Head it is a steady up hill climb for about a mile and a quarter to the trig point at 150 meters. Then it is another mile and a quarter round to Cwm-yr-Eglwys where there is the remains of one walk of a church and the grave yard right on the sea front. Apparently the rest of the church was destroyed during a storm in October 1859. It looked like a lovely community and there were some beautiful houses. The Dinas Head walk was very popular and the path really busy. It was well worth it not only for the views but for the birds that were nesting on one of the sea stacks.
Part way between Fishguard and Pwll Gwaelod is a caravan site – up to this point there is little to see but after this the sea cliffs are really quite spectacular and you can't always see what you are walking on top of – you see the best view when you are in the coves and look bad to where you have walked. These cliffs are just as spectacular all the way through to Newport.
As well as the steady pull up to the viewpoint at Dinas Head there are quite a few occasions today where you do a few steep descents to a beach then a steep ascent back to the cliff tops again. The final bit of the path into Parrog at Newport is tarmac and also quite picturesque with views across Newport Sands.