A Catalog of Europe's Highlights - June 2017 - 48
OUT & ABOUT
THE WELSH SIDE
Rugged cliffs and charming villages await on the Wales Coast Path.
BY TED ALAN STEDMAN PHOTOGRAPHY BY LISA LINDER
Saint Govan's Head
A C ATA L O G O F E U R O P E ' S H I G H L I G H T S
HERE'S A WELSH SAYing, Bwrw hen wragedd
a ffyn, which, loosely
translated, means "It's
raining old wives and walking
sticks." It nods to the country's relationship with its capricious North
Atlantic weather, and as I laced up
my boots before my first hike in
Wales, a late-summer storm had sure
enough obscured the coast. Fortunately, a few minutes later, the fog
and drizzle cleared, and I noticed a
trailhead sign peeking from beneath
"Llwybr yr Arfordir," read Andrew
Dugmore, my Welsh walking guide.
"It says 'Coast Path' - we're on the
right track," he assured me while we
Clockwise from left: Path time
on the Pembrokeshire coast, a
Saint David's village scene, and
guide Andrew Dugmore.
grabbed blackberries and gazed out
at the blue-lavender Three Cliffs Bay.
"No worries, we're in for a good go."
That auspicious moment eased
any anxieties I had about tackling
one of the world's premier walking
routes, the 870-mile Wales Coast
Path. The Welsh government formally christened the footpath in
2012 after stitching together eight regional trails that had existed for decades. The effort is superlative - it's