Friday, July 30, 2021
Newcastle Emlyn and Cenarth Pathfinder Walk
Off message but last week Gill and I spent a wonderful week in a static caravan, located in an isolated small holding in mid Wales. The weather was marvellous and we managed to go on a number of lovely walks locally (despite many blocked paths, which I will be contacting the local Ramblers footpath secretary about, since I have never come across so many serious obstacles on "rights of way" including barbed wire and permanently shut gates).
On our last day, we went on this 7 mile circular Ordnance Survey pathfinder walk (our walk is in the 2011 edition and I assume that this walk is also in the latest version). No paths were blocked but they were overgrown in parts and wearing shorts was probably not a great idea if you have sensitive skin.
The walk starts and finishes in Newcastle Emlyn, which is a small historic Welsh market town with a ruined castle (with a fascinating but bloody history). It is a "Orange" level walk but not too strenuous, lots of ups and downs, enclosed paths, tracks, lanes and woodland. The Cenarth falls and water walkways are delightful. There are also great views towards the end of the walk overlooking the town and the river Teifi.
I recommend the freshly made sandwich deal at the Ty Croeso deli in the main street (sandwich, crisps and drink for £4.50).