Llanmadoc circular

Today was the sunny day. Thank goodness we had one. To celebrate, we decided to walk as a foursome and to do the headland walk round Berges Island at Llanmadoc. This walk along Whiteford Sands and then back along the lee side looking over Llanmadoc Marsh is a lovely generally flat walk starting from the Whiteford car park. It’s an optional extension to the Wales Coast Path – one however that I don’t think should be missed. The panoramas on a clear day like we had are truly amazing looking out over the Burry estuary and Llanrhidian marsh.

Not too much to describe, just some lovely views …

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The panorama below is from 5 images stiched together in Lightroom. The expanse of sand is quite staggering. The coastline in the background is that of Llanstephan (and possibly Laugharne).

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The old Lighthouse at Whiteford Point with Burry Port in the background.

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Our lunchtime sandwich break view …

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… and again a panorama made up of 6 or 7 images, looking across the whole of the Loughor/Burry estuary.

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A carpet of flowers – the picture doesn’t do them justice.

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Looking across towards Llanrhidian marsh.

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Walking beside Llanmadoc marsh.

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As we finished the walk we came across a National Trust Ranger who told us about the birds that are visiting the marsh at Llanmadoc, and the ecosystem changes that are taking place as a result of the seawall having been breached and the marsh reverting to salt-marsh. You can see the trees that have started to die back. They have also created a platform in one of those trees hoping to attract osprey at some time in the future. The hide is in place, a great place to watch birds in winter.

The walk was just over 5 miles, but thoroughly delightful, and the company was good too! We went to the King Arthur Hotel at Reynoldston on the way back for afternoon tea and then returned for supper that night and then back for a little liquid refreshment. The King’s Ginger was quite popular.

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