Ceibwr to St Dogmaels. We made it!

   Ceibwr to St Dogmaels

Incredibly, we have completed the walk! It has taken us over a year, but at a pace that has allowed us to enjoy the scenery and appreciate the changing seasons. The support of friends in joining us, or following us on the blog has really helped us get through these last 2 years.  Hannah and Ben were married 2 weeks ago and it was Hannah’s idea that they join us for the final walk before their return to Glasgow. Ben’s parents also joined us and a friend of Hannah’s. The sun shone, and after the final visit to the coffee shop at Penrallt Garden Centre, we set off to Ceibwr beach for the start of the walk.

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Coffee and commentary by Hannah

The path took us to the highest part of the coast path and there were some very steep sections between Ceibwr and Cemais Head where we realised how much cake we had consumed during Hannah and Ben’s wedding picnic on the previous day.

R's pics Ceibwr to St Dogmaels 018There was the usual mix of woefully inadequate attempts to identify all the wild flowers and birds and comprehensive explanations of the rock structures by Roger. The bluebells and thrift are fading now, but the stronecrop clings on spectacularly to inhospitable looking rock-faces.

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Stonecrop and Spurry provided a colourful carpet of flowers

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Roger explains the formation of the rocks.

Finally, we reached the gentle walk down to Poppit Sands and St Dogmaels. The coast path ends here, but a little further inland, the valley leads past Cardigan to the Cilgerran Wildlife Park where the Illyrian outdoor performances of Shakespeare’s plays have been a part of our summers for several years.  The potentially bleak hillside with it’s view of the sea has always been blessed with perfect evenings when we have sat with our picnics enjoying the performances with family and friends.  Today, our walk ended with celebratory ice cream and beer for some of us before heading home for champagne with Kate’s parents.

R's pics Ceibwr to St Dogmaels 021R's pics Ceibwr to St Dogmaels 023 The final descent to Poppit and the marker stone at the end of the walk with Hannah, Ben and Ben’s parents.

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Emily (second from left) singing with Tempus in Cardigan in 2010

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Following the Teifi from the Wildlife Centre to Cilgerran in 2005.

Walking with Emily has been a wonderful way to celebrate both Emily’s love of Pembrokeshire and our love of Emily. As we have walked and blogged, we have relived many happy memories from all periods of her life and felt a great sense of thankfulness. Now all that remains is to work out how many days we walked, how many cups of coffee we bought, how many miles we drove… and what our next challenge will be!

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An early interest in shells

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Emily meets an Ent.

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Emily collected her gold Duke of Edinburgh award from St James’ Palace in 2008. The award scheme helped deepen her love and understanding of the Pembrokeshire landscape.

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A school art project. An interpretation of Pembrokeshire, drawing on a study of Elizabeth Haines, whose work she admired.

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6 thoughts on “Ceibwr to St Dogmaels. We made it!

  1. Congratulations on making it – I’ll miss the updates, photos of the walk and lovely memories of Emily. Now looking forward to learning how many cups of tea, cups of coffee and slices of cake fuelled the walk.

  2. Congratulations on a fantastic achievement, well done Kate and Roger, and what a wonderful tribute to Emily.
    With love
    Jan and Pete

  3. I’m so proud of you for doing this, It has been so positive and far-reaching. And l think it has helped us all to keep on walking with Emily in our different ways. xxxxxx

  4. Kate & Roger, Thanks so much for writing about your hiking adventures around Pembrokeshire, thereby letting us all be a part of them. It’s been a blast. The writing and photos have combined for an evocative, emotive journey. A permanent and perfect loving, tribute to both Pembrokeshire and Emily.

    Kate, Do you have a younger sister I was never told about? In one of the pictures with Emily, there’a woman that looks a bit like you but with strangely brown hair. Maybe it’s just the light? 🙂

    Keep well.
    Love
    Tim

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