After recent weather, it was good to see bright sunshine as six of us left Llantwit major, to trial one of the pilgrimage walks that the benefice had asked us to try out for accuracy. These walks are ultimately intended, to commence at each of the churches in the local coastal benefice so we were keen to assist, by actually trying the walk. The leaflet for the walk is attached, so please read it for further details.
Interestingly, the instructions led us through parts of Llantwit we had not visited. Once onto Beach road we found the Cwm ahead was more like a lake than a path, so we deviated by following the road which runs parallel.
With such horrendous floods in other parts of the country, we realised that some soggy fields were a fairly small hindrance to us, so walked along cheerfully, enjoying sunshine, a blue sky and the promise of a hot coffee at the beach café, which fortunately was open.
Well-fortified, we ascended the steps up onto the coastal path, which had a good surface and was a pleasure to walk. We turned around just before Tresilian Bay, as the tide was well in, so no chance of going into the large cave. We retraced our steps briefly, took an inland path, very muddy and slippery, but after a few near tumbles, we all managed to reach the field path. This was again slippery, but passable. Little did we realise what was in store for us on what is normally a hard-dry stony path (church lane). This time it was like a mud bath! Although only about half a mile long, the care it took to negotiate all the very slippery and at times, deep mud, it felt like two miles! So, don’t do this path after weeks of rain- just not a very pleasant experience, although lovely in dry weather.
We were all pleased to be out walking but were all really muddy and tired after a very challenging last section. Apart from the mud, this is certainly a walk to repeat- do try it!