- Day 2: Giltar Point to Freshwater West
- Distance: 40.9km
- Ascent / descent: 979m / 1012m
- Weather: sunny and hot
We were up to see a gorgeous sunrise this morning… if everyday is like this, then we’re in for a very special treat!
Not long after the above picture, we saw a fox that after seeing us, ran down into the cliffs.
At Barafundle Bay, we took our shoes and socks off and went into the water up to our knees to try and cool down… the water was absolutely freezing! With numb legs we exited the sea, sat on a rock and brushed off the sand before continuing on our way.
At Broad Haven, we headed inland to Bosherston for two reasons, we were starving and hoping to get a pub meal, and the coastal trail was closed due to firing on the MOD range. Luckily, St Govan’s Country Inn pub was open (although it was after 3pm so they were serving a limited menu) and we filled up on good old pub grub with a huge slice of apple and pear pie for dessert.
Leaving the pub we could hear what sounded like cannons firing in the distance, confirming what we already knew, that we had to take the Castlemartin Range Trail detour.
The detour was through a lot of overgrown farmland and it was a hot day, so it really came as no surprise to either of us to see the following creature slithering through the grass.
Not only a grass snake, we then also saw a badger! This was also the first time I’ve seen a badger in the UK (I’d never seen one anywhere until just recently in Japan on my bike trip).
Wherever possible, we took the road if it was parallel to the fields, just to get out of the overgrown grass. It was a long day!