Plodding onward, come rain or shine!

Hello everyone!

Me again, here to let you know how my Wales perimeter walk is going ๐Ÿ˜€

Since my last post, I have finished walking around the Gower and have very nearly finished Carmarthenshire too (1.5 days left!). I’ve also been suffering from a knee injury (all of the injuries ๐Ÿ˜‚ I’m super unlucky/unfit), and the weather has taken a bit of a turn for the worse in general (but still with some beautiful, sunny days โ˜€๏ธ).

My knee injury occurred the day after my last blog post, on my shortest day to that point from Pennard Cliffs to Port Eynon. Pretty sure it’s my IT band but it’s a self diagnosis and the symptoms match… I’ve been doing exercises for this particular problem and I think they’re working! Anyway, as long as I have my hiking poles, don’t walk too fast and don’t have too many downhills, it’s all fine ๐Ÿ˜ƒ fingers crossed it heals soon, again any tips and tricks you may have to offer are highly welcomed!

So the section covered since my last post has been Pennard Cliffs to St Clears. Here are some highlights and some not-so-highlights.

Highlights

  1. Seeing seven seals sticking their heads above water, sunbathing, around the corner from Worms head at Fall Bay – they were so cute!
  2. Watching the sunset over Rhossili Bay with my family after drinking a few pints of Gower Gold ale at the local pub in Llangennith.
  3. Seeing the shipwrecks along Cefn Sidan and eating our sandwiches amongst one of the wrecks. The story goes that the locals used to light fires on the headland to lure the ships in. Then once they became stranded, they would loot the ships and cut the rings off the sailor’s fingers. How mean!!
  4. Exploring Kidwelly Castle and imagining what it must have been like to live there hundreds of years ago. Also flagging down the train at the ‘request stop’ in Kidwelly!
  5. Generally the views in the Gower between Pennard Cliffs and Llangennith – what gorgeous beaches and cliffs which were so full of wildlife. What a beautiful home we have! Here are a few photos, then the post continues…
Enjoying the sunset at Rhossili Bay
Gprgeous blues and greens at Rhossili Bay
Worm’s Head
Shipwreck at Cefn Sidan near Pembrey
Joined by my friend Nick for a day’s walking!
Flagging down the train at Kidwelly
Exploring Kidwelly Castle
Mam and I in Kidwelly Castle
A view of Three Cliffs Bay in the Gower
Around the headland by Oxwich Bay
Oxwich Bay
Lush green woodland by Oxwich Bay.

Not-so-highlights

  1. Knee injury and limping 1.5 miles into Port Eynon, that was painful.
  2. Torrential rain and baaad period pains, from Llanelli to Burry Port – making this my shortest day yet by quite a bit.
  3. Terrible signposting between Llansteffan and St Clears – leading us in a 3+ mile circle and getting lost several times… all in the rain… argghfggggfffhh

So yeah, that’s my last week and a half in a nutshell! Currently hoping my knee makes a speedy recovery and that the weather decides to improve. But otherwise, still really enjoying it and the further I go, the more motivation I have to keep walking ๐Ÿ™‚

I would also be super grateful if you could donate to my chosen cause for this walk, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust! Click this link to donate to my justgiving page ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you! I have currently raised nearly ยฃ350, so a massive thankyou to anyone who has donated so far! Both the bumblebees and I really appreciate it.

See ya sooon! Lots of love,

Maya x

Waving ‘bye’, from me and this stone in Llanrhidian

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