Looking out from the Coastal Path above Amroth
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Mike hit on the bright idea yesterday as we were walking along Pendine Sands of aiming to hike the Welsh Coastal Path and Offas Dyke (quite an undertaking) fortunately not in one attempt!
So we decided to drive a little bit further round the coast to Amroth, which marks the start and finish (!) of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path and make our way (more or less) to Pendine, and back again. A very relaxed start including a cup of coffee at the local cafe as well as a lot of snacking on blackberries during the course of our hike along the cliffs.
One stand out memory is a sculpture of a sea bass in Amroth made of wire, filled with plastic water bottles, which shimmer in the sun looking like fish scales. There is a notice by the sculpture educating people encouraging people to take action, and make a commitment to reduce their use of plastic due to the damage it is having on our environment. Not nagging but very effective, and beautiful.
This was my first proper hike for a while and there was a fair bit of up and down as we walked along the cliff line. Beautiful blue skies and hardly a breath of wind. We enjoyed our first experience of the cliff walking in this area, looking down onto inaccessible coves. It was good to get to a lookout point from which we could see Pendine Sands which we hiked along yesterday. However, with a drive ahead of us to get to the Cottage as well as a shopping trip to stock up on supplies for the week we decided to head back before dropping down to the beach at Pendine.
On our way up we had spotted a bench in the shade of a tree with lovely views out to sea, a great location for our picnic lunch. Not that we needed much after a cooked breakfast. Nonetheless there was still room for a large ‘99 Mr Whippy, in best seaside tradition, when we got back to Amroth.