Ahhhh, Saturday late afternoon...
After welcoming our latest guests, I took Molly the Cwtch Hound for one of our favourite walks, following the Afon Sodon from here in Caerwedros, through Nanternis and out into the sea at Traeth Soden (or Cwm Silio). This is one of the walks we have as a laminated map for guests, as it is so lovely to be able to walk from the door along footpaths through the valley to the hidden beach.
Inaccessible to anyone except walkers on the coast path, or approaching from one of the footpaths from Cwmtydu or Nanternis, the beach is a beautifully secluded spot, and one in which seal pups are sometimes seen in the Autumn months. Autumn is in the air already, and a few blackberries were munched en route! The tide was fully out, allowing me to have a rare peek at the secret beach to the north of the main bay. No seals today, although this is one of the bays that I have seen a mother feeding a pup in the past - a truly wonderful sight.
Walking back via the amazing waterfalls, the path leads through a lovely meadow of flowers and grasses. Here I spotted a blue butterfly flying between flowers, occasionally stopping to feed. I managed t0 get a photo of it, but am not sure what species it was... although it does look similar to the beautiful picture shown in the details of the Cwmtydu to Cwm Soden Butterfly Walk. The path from Caerwedros through Nanternis joins onto this National Trust walk, so a lovely half-day outing can be made if you join the two together!
A dumpy shiny black Dor Beetle was also scuttling around on the path; this is one of a number of species seen in the area, including the rare violet Oil Beetle. The area has so much interesting wildlife , as mentioned in the National Trust walk details.
On the final stretch home, a Buzzard was crying its lonely call overhead. What an amazing walk.
We are so lucky to live in this beautiful place... Come and visit us soon!