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Llansteffan

 

The weather forecast for the day of this walk showed rain passing over and then a dry but cloudy day. We had some rain travelling to the start of the walk and also dry bits too but when we got to the car park for the meeting place, the rain hammered down.

A lot of us sat in our cars peeping out now and again to see if anyone had surfaced.

At the allotted start time we assembled in the car park quickly making for a wooden shelter to keep dry.

It was still raining so hard that a few people decided they did not want to get wet and so turned around and drove home, something that I can't remember ever happening before.

It was great that Christine and Peter, two new members, decided to join us again,.It would have been easy for them to bow out due to the bad weather too.

We stood in the shelter chatting and drinking our "elevenses" refreshments and in 25 to 30 minutes the rain stopped, the mist lifted and starting cloudy, the weather later progressed to blue skies and a really nice sunny day.I took a photo of the blue sky, see below, who would have thought it?!!

This was the first West Wales walk led by Jamie and Lecky, with Jamie leading and Lecky doing a grand job as back marker.

We started off on the road and then into a lovely wood where there was a lovely seat complete with stainless steel sculptures--see photo.

Then we came to an opening where we could see the beach and sea and Ferryside, that had earlier disappeared in the mist, reappeared just across the water.

We then walked between hedges and onto the coast path up to Wharley point before turning to walk through a farm and through some fields before heading back towards Llansteffan and in particular the castle, where we were going to have lunch. 

By this time it was lovely, with blue sky and sunshine tempting lots of wasps to buzz around.

The lunch stop in the castle grounds was very pleasant.

Afterwards Jamie insisted we have a mini tour of the ruins.

Then we were off again up through fields giving some fantastic views out to sea and over to Rhossili and Worms Head in the distance.

Before very long we were in the centre of Llansteffan admiring the church and other old buildings before returning to the start and the all important teashop!!

Everyone stayed for a varied selection of tea, coffee, hot chocolate,  ice-cream, and cakes before saying their farewells and making their way home.

Jamie and Lecky did a splendid job showing us the best of what Llansteffan has to offer.

It also goes to show that our patience in delaying the start of the walk just for half and hour paid off, ensuring a fabulous day and NOT a squelchy wet one!!!  

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