I started at 9 am and took the short cut via the road to get to St Ishmael’s and then the 3/4 mile walking path to get to the PCP...about a 30 min walk.
The goal today was to get to Dale by noon and have plenty of time to hike the Dale peninsula.
It had been drizzling on and off early morning and it continued to be that way at the start of the hike however the trail was mercifully dry.
Musselwick – I had checked the high tide timings at this section and knew that I had plenty of time to cross it safely. Planning ahead on avoiding the extra miles during high tide worked out well as it is easy walking on the beach.
The only place I had to be careful was on the board walk as it was slippery and a bit wobbly.
Even though I hiked at a slower pace, I was very surprised when I reached Dale by 11:00 am…much earlier than planned. I suppose my legs had gotten used to the PCP and my slower pace was not so slow now.
I started toward Dale Peninsula at 11:30 am after dropping by the B&B and a short break.
Dale Peninsula – The start of this section does not look like much as you walk on the road before getting to the helpful coast path sign painted on the road.
Once you get on to the actual trail, then you get to immediately see what the peninsula trail is about....lots of ups and downs.
I would have loved to have hiked this section on a sunny day as the scenery would have looked very different but it would have also made it a strenuous hike. So, I was thankful that it was cloudy even though it was warm until past the lighthouse.
I had just hiked one uphill and there was the bench and after it another uphill. Time for lunch and a break. It was a good decision as this was the the last bench on the trail.
The next 3 photos are the same section of the trail. Two sets of steps and a board walk to complete it...not all of it fully visible from the top of the section.
Past St Ann’s head, the trail gets remote as it hugs the cliff and the wildflowers are along the trail.
This is the western side of the peninsula and is supposed to be “wind-battered” and true to its nature, the wind kicked in and it got cold very fast.
This was the only time I hiked in wind gusts and I was extra careful. Giving yourself time to enjoy this stretch is important as if you are in a rush…you will miss out on the beauty of the trail.
West Dale Bay from the trail.
The PCP to Dale is easy bit of hiking. Dale Peninsula is moderate bit of hiking with strenuous stretches. I was glad that the sun was a no-show for the entire day as I felt better on the peninsula stretch with out it.
The Dale peninsula hike was every bit as wonderful as the guide book said it would be and I would highly recommend taking the time to hike these 5 miles.
It was also the only day when it was cold and windy during the hike and just 1 hr and 15 min
of hiking in this weather helped me understand the impact weather can have on having fun on the PCP.
After a not so memorable dinner, a much needed bath and lots of prayers for good weather the next day, I called it a night.