Beach and Coastal Walking – Llangranog Easter 2013   12 comments

After my little jaunt up Plynlimon it was appropriate to spend some quality family time with TBF and the kids. It was another splendid day and we opted for some beach and coast activity down at Llangrannog on the Mid-Wales coast. It’s a splendid little place with a coast and beaches to rival anywhere in the UK. I wanted to explore the headland of Ynys Lochtyn just up the coast which has always looked enticing on the map.

Llangrannog

We got lucky with a spot on the small pub car park near the beach, and we were straight onto the sand as the tide was out. The sun was beaming down and the sky a clear blue but it was extremely cold, a combination of the still cold easterly air flow and proximity to chilled winter sea

Llangranog, Ynys Lochtyn

Llangrannog Beach

The views on the beach and up and down the coast were amazing and we spent a happy hour just pithering about and clambering on the rocks, enjoying our first proper beach day of the year

Llangranog, Ynys Lochtyn

Llangrannog Beach

Llangranog, Ynys Lochtyn

Family Fun

Llangranog, Ynys Lochtyn

Sunny and Cold

Llangranog, Ynys Lochtyn

South towards Aberporth

Llangranog, Ynys Lochtyn

Sand and Sky

We sat on the rocks on the beach around the corner from the village. The kids like this spot as it gets cut off by the high tide so it’s considered a secret beach 🙂

Llangranog, Ynys Lochtyn

Cold Lunch on the Beach

Llangranog, Ynys Lochtyn

View from the Coast path

It was pretty chilly down on the sand so we warmed up with a steep climb up the 100 plus steps at the back of the beach to the coast path. Away from the sea it was markedly warmer, almost spring-like and were soon down to shirt-sleeves.

Llangranog, Ynys Lochtyn

North towards Ynys Lochtyn

The stroll along the cliffs was splendid in the warm sunshine. We gained a new friend with an old dog from the village who seemed to be adopting a variety of people to walk with on the path, stopping to wait for us whenever we dallied. The views across Cardigan Bay and down to more secret and isolated beaches below was superb and the sea crystal clear

Llangranog, Ynys Lochtyn

Secret Beach

Llangranog, Ynys Lochtyn

Cardigan Bay

The path then carries on north towards the Welsh Newquay and we pitched down onto the grassy headland of Ynys Lochtyn. Away from the easterly wind it was pleasant and warm and we settled down onto the cropped grass for a long laze in the sun

Llangranog, Ynys Lochtyn

Ynys Lochtyn

Llangranog, Ynys Lochtyn

Relaxing on Ynys Lochtyn

It’s a superb spot with a grassy spread a golf green-keeper would be proud of. We snoozed, brewed up, strolled, watched the sea birds and tried to spot some dolphins and seals that the coast is known for but without any success. It was still a cracking place to while away an afternoon, something of a contrast with my adventures in Ardgour the previous weekend

Llangranog, Ynys Lochtyn

Solitary

Llangranog, Ynys Lochtyn

Ynys Lochtyn

Llangranog, Ynys Lochtyn

Pen Dinas Hill Fort

As always with a perfect afternoon you have to head back. TBF and TJF headed back to the beach while me and TJS walked to the top of Pen Dinas Hill Fort for an elevated view of the coast and an exceedingly steep descent back down again

Llangranog, Ynys Lochtyn

Ynys Lochtyn

Llangranog, Ynys Lochtyn

Pen Dinas Hill Fort

Llangranog, Ynys Lochtyn

Ynys Lochtyn

Llangranog, Ynys Lochtyn

View north along the coast

The sun was casting its golden road across Cardigan Bay, leading to the Preseli Hills and Pembrokeshire

Llangranog, Ynys Lochtyn

Cardigan Bay

We had time for another play on the beach, watching the tide come in, skimming stones and dodging the waves as it pushed against the cliffs

Llangranog, Ynys Lochtyn

Llangrannog Bay

Llangranog, Ynys Lochtyn

Tide’s in!

Llangranog, Ynys Lochtyn

End of a good day

Happy with our day out we headed to our caravan home for a chippy tea – marvellous!

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Posted June 4, 2013 by surfnslide in Family Trips, Mid Wales, Wales, Walking

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12 responses to “Beach and Coastal Walking – Llangranog Easter 2013

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  1. What a beautiful bit of coastline. And sunshine – doesn’t half make a difference. Here’s to more of that.

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    beatingthebounds
  2. A grand, family day out!

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  3. So beautiful. Especially I love beach photos among Your great photos.

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  4. Looks beautiful!

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    • Hi Siri Ann! Thanks for stopping by while you’re on your epic cycle ride 🙂
      This bit of coast is wonderful and very unspoilt, it was a fabulous day just relaxing and taking in the views

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  5. That is an area that was completely off my radar until now, looks superb for a bit of coastal walking. Reminds me of Pembrokeshire which I suppose is just down the road.

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    backpackingbongos
    • It’s a magnificent bit of coast and relatively quiet, as good as the Pembrokeshire coast. A walk from there up the coast to the Welsh Newquay is on my wish list

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  6. oh wow, great looking beach walk! the South of Wales is definitely still on the agenda for this year (I hope!) and looking at your pics I am reminded of why ^_^ Off to the Lake District for a photography workshop this weekend, maybe missing Wales (a little) already ^_^

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    • Essential viewing is Llangrannog, well worth a trip and some cracking coastal scenery without any crowds. Hope the photography workshop went well. My technique is based on quantity and volume of photos in the hope accidentally taking a few good ones 🙂

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