Port Eynon to Llangennith 30.12.14

IMG_1980Port Eynon is closed for the season, no shops, no cafes but we do manage to knock up a sleepy publican who very generously gives us a couple of bottles of water. The weather looks promising and I am looking forward to a long walk to burn off all the cakes, chocolates and alcohol consumed so enthusiastically over Christmas. IMG_1982After a short stretch along the beach we come across the ruins of a salt house with tanks intact, used in the eighteenth century to extract salt from sea water.The story goes that this was actually a cover for smuggled goods since most of the population of the town were involved in smuggling at that time.IMG_1987Behind the derelict buildings the narrow track winds up the bank through scrub and bracken and at the top we are given clear directions.IMG_1989I stop and take a photo looking back along the bay.IMG_1987…..and soon we are up on the edge of the cliffs. From here the tidal island known as Worms Head (I didn’t think worms had heads) looks deceptively close – this will be our tea and cake stop. IMG_1992From now on the hulking limestone cliffs predominate, the track is rocky in places and I need to keep an eye on my feet, keeping my weak ankle in mind.IMG_1999

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IMG_2003We stop for a chat with a very relaxed black sheep and round a corner run into a father and son looking for a cave. I point unhelpfully at a black hole in the cliff in front of us but these two are searching for Pavilland Cave – the site of prehistoric remains and one which can only be accessed for a few hours a day when the tide is out. After a brief consultation of maps we say goodbye – later on we catch sight of them from time to time peering over the cliff edge, still trying to locate the cave.IMG_2010We are by now getting close to Worms Head so we follow the track up to the lookout station with a board outside showing the times when it is possible to walk across the causeway – but we are too early. Instead we make our way to the Worms Head Hotel for tea and Welsh cakes – it is very cold when you stop walking but there is a magnificent view from the benches outside.

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After tea we climb down to the beach, heading for the remnants of a boat, rising out of the sand like the long neck and head of some petrified sea creature. IMG_2022Some brave (young) souls are surfing and Damian models the latest in walking wear.IMG_2023

IMG_2026The sand is wet but firm allowing for beautiful reflections…….IMG_5915and as the sun goes down magic happens.IMG_5920

IMG_2031Walking on down the beach we pass Hillend caravan site, tucked in behind the dunes and are now looking for a footpath to take us off the beach and back to the car. My iPhone is playing up so it’s difficult to track our position but just as I am beginning to feel a bit anxious we see a couple in front of us walk off the beach and into the dunes. Following in their footsteps in the dusk, trudging through soft sand, we finally reach a car park at what later turns out to be Broughton Farm caravan site. From here we walk up the narrow road to the Kings Head at Llangennith for a pint of Gower Gold. It has been a beautiful day.

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “Port Eynon to Llangennith 30.12.14

  1. Tricia, hard for me to comment further on a brilliant walk with lots of thin wintery sun and blustery cold blasts…..tea and Welsh cakes and what a sunset…..what more could you ask for? Xx

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