If you ever needed an advert for the benefits of getting out and enjoying yourself, it was this group of residents from the YMCA in Cardiff, who asked to come along on a section of the Wales Coastal path with me this week.
We headed towards the Gower to enjoy a day starting at Rhossili, with its sweeping beach and iconic headland. This particular section is in the Rambler’s top 10 of coastal paths/walks/routes.
There was an enthusiasm that was amazing for a group of people who life has dealt some pretty harsh blows too, and to see and feel their enjoyment was impressive.
You have an enthralling walk down the headland passing what was on old Iron Age fort, but today resembles a lot of lumps and bumps. Keep walking until the old coastguard look out building with super views of the the ‘Worm’s Head’ which is a fabulous promontory divided into three clear and distinct sections; the Inner, Middle and Outer Heads, with a snake like profile. Accessible only around low tide, it is owned by the National Trust and is a haven for sea birds, such as kittiwakes, guillemots, razorbills, and gulls of different types.
Today we followed the path towards Tears Point, fall bay and past Kings Wall and onto mew slade bay which means something like “dry grass valley of the seagull”. Having past another Iron Age fort and some excellent climbing and it was back to Rhossili passing through Middleton village the birthplace of Edgar Evans who was Scott’s petty officer on the Terra Nova and that tragic expedition.
As the day’s activities came to an end the group reveled in possible future activities and seemed to have a renewed sense of purpose and their mojo topped up with something no one could take away.
When we started planning the expedition we never realised the awesome responsibility we were taking on as we committed to raise monies for them, which has in turn focused us on the actual currency we are giving them is hope !