Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Day 16 Aberporth to Port Talbot

Actual Miles Driven Today - 243

Ready to Leave the Rhyd Country Hotel
As usual I took my photos of the Mog with Hotel along with the Owners Young Son, who had a fabulous camera for his shots. 

I then left to re visit Aberport village before travelling South again. 

At the top of the hill I met a lady with her dog who was interested in making an on line donation so I presented her with a copy of the H4H brochure with my link. 

I had to refuse her offer of a coffee as I need to get going along the coast again.

Over Aberport
Mine Host, Nigel, suggested that I visit the area of Mould for its beauty. I saw the sign so off I went. 

The Cliff Walk at Mould
Down and down this very narrow single track road. It turned out to be a National Trust Cliff Top car park and steps down to somewhere. 

More photos and the off again via another much wider road.

Into Cardigan

Cardigan was dissapointing in that it is so small. I went around the 'one way' system twice before setting off for the tiny village of Nevern.

Along the way I spotted this Two Tone Austin Classic parked on the verge.

The River at Nevern was running very fast after the heavy rain of yesterday.

On to Newport, another small town. It was still raining consistenly.

At Fishguard, there was a Stenna Sealink Ferry to Ireland moored in the port. 

Getting through the town to Goodwick on the other side of the Harbour was the first confusion of the day. 

After the second circuit and a good guess I found the through road.

I stopped off in a small Tesco Store for some supplies and took a welcome coffee from this machine at the garage next door. 

These machines make a nice cup of Cappuccino and according to Patrick at Menai House Hotel, they cost a few £k to buy.

I found the wrong way out of town onto more single tracks but did eventually find my way to the small 'City of St David'. 

 The Cathedral and Bishops Palace are out of town on the coast somewhere.

Along the road I spotted more old American Cars in a front garden.

At the tiny river harbour of the village of Solva, called Porthclais, I found these old Lime Kilns and a National Trust sign pointing to a refreshment stall which, needless to say, was closed.

On through Newgate with fabulous views along the bay

I came across Cawdor Barracks, home of 14th Signal Regiment (Electronic Warfare).

Once again, I popped into the Guard House to request this photo before moving on.

Little Haven

Onward I managed to bypass Haverfordwest, I stopped at Little Haven Car Park for these photos.

Near to me was a Waste Tanker with its hose and a man in the river. I asked them if they were putting in or taking out? No reply.

Photo Shot at the Motor Museum

I stopped of at the Pembrokeshire Motor Museum and Cafe where I had a nice cup of tea and a muffin before making a tour of the exhibits. .

As I skirted the Dale Peninsula on through Sandy Haven until views of the Refinery at Milford Haven. 

Another confusing doubling back to get to Pembroke Docks and Pembroke Town.

On the way out I stopped at the Horse & Jockey to put the hood up and reveived a £2 donation from a lady on the School Run.

The High Bridge across the Haven has a 75p toll. At the Docks I found this Martello Tower.

Pembroke Docks
Through Pembroke I managed to get just one shot at the castle as I approached the bridge.

The road around the headland through Stackpole to Lamphey was another series of single tracks with no signposts.

The worst part was through these Sand Dunes where there were large pools of sandy rainwater across the road. Sand gets in everywhere.

The Castlemartin Road then crosses Tank Training Ranges marked by Red Flags which if flying mean the road is closed.

I passed the main gate of Castlemartin Ranges at Marion where these two magnificent tanks are on display at the Main Gate.

Further along the road was another Dreaded Flood right across the whole road. 

This 'Over the Shoulder' shot shows that I traversed itwithout incident.

At Manorbier I found the Air Defence Training Estate .

The walled town of Tenby was an interesting run around trying to find the road to Saundersfoot.

The heavens opened once more and blackness descended as I travelled across to St. Clears and Carmarthen. It was horrible driving along that road.

Carmarthen was even more frustrating as I failed to find the A484 south to Kidwelly. It is not mentioned anywhere and I found myself on the road north.

The run into Carmarthen was awful being wet and this horrible rain never let up all day

Carmarthen Courthouse.

I eventually found Llanelli and swung onto the Gower Peninsular. It was here, after arriving near the Worms Head end, that I got lost just as it was starting to get dark. 

The only way I could find my way out of there was to turn around and retrace my route back until I found a Sign Post to point me in the right direction

As I was passing Burry Port I noticed a sign pointing down a side road to this famous monument to flyer Amelia Earhart. That was a very lucky find.

The Monument.

Eventually I had to retrace the road back to Llanrhidian from where I took the B4271 Moorland Road into Swansea rather than risk more confusion in the dark.

It was now quite dark and I missed the A463 coast road to Port Talbot I ended up on the M4 Motorway finally arriving at the hotel at 9pm in total darkness. 

Not that helpful when navigating by Signposts.

Despite my frustration at the end of the day it had been a lovely journey.

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