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Derek Brockway walks the Ceredigion coastal path
Derek Brockway
Derek tackled a scary looking section of Ceredigion coastal path

Derek Brockway finds out more about the recently created Ceredigion Coastal Path in the second episode of the current series of Weatherman Walking.

Derek kicks off his first walk at the harbour in New Quay where he meets Ceredigion Council countryside officer Nigel Nicholas.

He is the man who planned the section of the coastal path they will be following.

Weatherman Walking is on BBC One Wales at 7.30pm on Wednesday, 10 February.

Dolphin watch

Climbing high above the town Derek learns about the area's history and of some of the dangers of walking there before visiting the prime wildlife location of Bird Rock.

From there he visits a dolphin watch station, situated in an old coastguard hut before heading towards the first of a series of coves and beaches only accessible to walkers.

Once a favourite of smugglers, they now offer a real treat for hikers and ramblers.

Nigel shows Derek some of the spectacular rock formations at Castle Beach before arriving at Cwmtydu beach, a favourite with seals.

He then tackles a section of coastal path recently cut into the cliffside, before heading to the spectacular peninsula of Ynys Lochtyn, learning how the composer Elgar visited the place and was inspired to write his music, before tackling the last section of the walk and ending in the harbour of Llangrannog.

Doctor Who

For his second walk he heads to Tredegar in Blaenau Gwent, where after a short stop he heads for the hills and the mining village of Trefil.

Meeting the first of two guides, Allyson Tippings, at the village pub, he heads towards the Duke's Table, a dressed stone picnic area built for the Duke of Beaufort's hunting parties and dating back to the late 1700s.

He then travels across moorland where Aneurin Bevan - Welsh politician and father of the NHS - once walked.

He takes in Bevan's favourite view before visiting a local quarry which has become a popular filming location for series like Doctor Who and movies like the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

From here he leaves to meet borough archaeologist Frank Olding who shows him an exposed limestone pathway and talks about the geology of the area.

They then visit a Bronze Age burial cairn believed to be one of the biggest in Wales, a medieval hafod farm settlement and finally the Chartists' Cave.

This cave, open to the public, is where the Chartists met and hid their weapons before marching on Newport.

The two then call into Trefil's first limestone quarry which dates back over 200 years and is now the largest scheduled historical monument in Wales.

For more information about the series viewers can go to the dedicated walking website within BBC Wales Nature featuring the latest walk information, galleries, an interactive map and printable maps for people to take with them for each of the eight walks.

Weatherman Walking is broadcast on BBC One Wales at 7.30pm on Wednesday, 10 February.




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