14th September 2021 – 12.3 miles
We parked in Llanon and headed back to the church and up a farm track – unpleasantly “muddy” (!) in one short stretch – we assured a couple at the other end that it really was only a very short stretch. We came across a set of old lime kilns, the first of many we saw this holiday, dating from when lime was transported by sea and processed on the coast before being transported to local farms.
There was a short deviation inland, then back to the coast via a caravan site with a rather unlikely bridal shop in an old farm building. I suppose there is space and parking for a small business.
It was a warm day, still and clear with views toward the Llyn peninsula and Snowdonia, as well as our goal of Aberystwyth. The trouble today was that we could see Aberystwyth, but it took longer to get there than it looked!
The path was mostly over rolling hills, but later ran alongside a fairly steep grassy slope down to the sea. I took it slowly looking at the path, not at the drop. We met an elderly man coming in the opposite direction who was doing exactly the same! (it’s not just me)
We saw a few red kites today. We saw a number as we drove down here, but I suspect they are more likely to be seen inland. There were also a few choughs flying around.
Closer to Aberystwyth we passed a few farms which the guide book describes as ruined but which look to have been recently renovated. The path loops inland a bit, presumably to get around various properties, then there is one final hill with a very steep descent before reaching a wide, level embankment between the river and the sea, taking us into Aberystwyth.
We had a bit of a wander round and along the prom – we had an ice-cream and bought cakes for after tea – before heading to the bus station about 10 minutes before the bus left to return us to Llanon.