The most spec­tac­u­lar coast­line in West Wales

Bird Watching (UK) - - Go Birding - DAVID SAUN­DERS

Avic­to­ri­anFORMIDABLE POST UPON the lofty head­land was how an­ti­quary J Fen­ton de­scribed the hill fort of Pen­d­i­nasloch­dyn, crown­ing the flat-topped cone of Pen y Badell. This dom­i­nates the coast and is well worth the climb to the sum­mit, where, stand­ing some 550ft above sea level, one takes in the spec­tac­u­lar views south to Cardi­gan Is­land and north­wards to the Lleyn Penin­sula and Bard­sey Is­land, some 42 miles dis­tant. Small won­der the MOD have a mis­sile track­ing sta­tion here, the sum­mit for­tu­nately large enough to en­sure it re­mains in­vis­i­ble un­til you com­plete your climb. Then, and maybe still breath­less, the hoped-for de­lights of look­ing down on a fam­ily of Ravens, or in late sum­mer, a noisy gath­er­ing of Choughs, a soar­ing Buz­zard, a pass­ing Pere­grine or a pas­sage of Swal­lows. Few will dis­agree that the coast­line north from Llan­grannog vil­lage is the most spec­tac­u­lar part of the Ceredi­gion coast­line. Right be­side the beach a prom­i­nent rock, leg­ends tell of this be­ing a tooth of the gi­ant Bica who created the islet of Ynys Lochtyn a lit­tle to the north and ac­ces­si­ble for the more ad­ven­tur­ous at low tide. The head­land be­yond the islet is a fine spot for sea­watch­ing.

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