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.
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.
There 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.
Stonecrop and Spurry provided a colourful carpet of flowers
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.
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!