This is a short 1.9 mile, initially demanding section of the All Wales Coast Path. Allow two hours in each direction to soak up the views.
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Starting in Abereiddy, head to the northern end of the car park to find the coastal path. From here you have two choices. The first being to make a diversion and head off to view the Blue Lagoon before making the steep climb up onto the coast path or the second choice of just heading straight up and on to Porthgain.
On reaching the top of the initially steep climb you will find yourself more or less standing in a field, head left for a spectacular view down into the Blue Lagoon or straight on to find the coastal path. Once on the path follow it to your right to head for Porthgain. The views from this section of the footpath are simply stunning and well worthy of a couple (if not more) snaps for the photo album.
Worth a mention also is the beach of Treath Llyfn which is stunning at low tide, you will see the way down in the distance – look out for the metal steps heading down the cliff.
A little further on brings you to the now disused Jerusalem stone quarry, which looks more like it belongs on the moon than on the West Wales coastline. Two huge craters stacked halfway on top each other comes to mind. Dolerite was quarried here up until 1931. A few quarry buildings remain here that can also be explored should you wish.
Continuing on towards Porthgain, you will walk alongside the old tramways that were used to move the stone from the quarry to the crushers situated on the cliff top above Porthgain. An even more impressive quarry sits at the end of the tramways (slight detour off the coast path to the right). This was a slate quarry during the 1800’s, supplying a second grade quality slate used for window sills and slabs. Underneath your feet here are many now disused tunnels that transported the slate to the harbour below.
Backtracking to the coast path, you are now very close to reaching Porthgain harbour, follow the path down to discover more of Porthgain’s industrial past.
Having passed the harbour and the old impressive brick built hopper system used for storing the crushed dolerite, you will find yourselves in the Village of Porthgain. Here there are a cafe, pub and art galleries to discover too.
If your energy levels are not up for the walk back, you can always cheat and catch the Strumble Shuttle coastal bus service back to Abereiddy, time table here…
Find out more about Abereiddy and Porthgain:
A quiet day at Abereiddy beach
The Blue Lagoon at Abereiddy
The Sloop pub at Porthgain
Porthgain Harbour with now redundant gravel hoppers
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