Aberystwyth

One of the great things about our adventure is discovering places that we would never otherwise have seen.  Britain is such a diverse and beautiful country.  Some places are well known for their  breathtaking beauty, the West Coast of Scotland and it's islands, the Lake District. Others are well kept secrets, the south coast of the Moray Firth, and so much of the Welsh coast.  
We are privileged to be seeing the magnificent, natural beauty of our coastline from the sea, even on cloudy days when we can't even see the top of some cliffs it's still stunning, and the rain causes some fantastic waterfalls.  

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North coast of Lleyn Peninsula


Aberystwyth is one of the towns we would, probably, never otherwise have visited but are so glad we have.  It's an elegant university town, and a popular holiday resort, the castle ruins, harbour, promenade and two rivers, the Ystweth and the Afon (river) Rheidol, are all cradled between huge cliffs, and the valley climbs up to Devil's Bridge and some incredible waterfalls about 12 miles inland.  After berthing in Aberystwyth harbour on Tuesday we set off on the steam train with our bikes to see the bridges and waterfalls before cycling back down to the boat, in theory it should have been almost all down hill on our bikes.  Anyway it was a lovely route and we had a good work out!



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Along with the rugged beauty comes some challenging waters to navigate, there are many tricky peninsulas and sounds, with fast flowing, turbulent tides, 'races',  no problem as long as you get your calculations right, and hold your nerve!  We've safely negotiated the Swellies, the Caernafon Bar, and Bardsey Sound in the past ten days, we have the Smalls, the Bitches and The Wild Goose Race, amongst so many others, to look forward to on our next leg, round to Milford Haven.