Aberaeron and its colourful houses at night

Vivienne Crow hikes along a quiet stretch of the Ceredigion coast on the Wales Coast Path    

THE 18 KILOMETRE STRETCH OF THE WALES COAST PATH between Llanon and New Quay was, in terms of variety, something of an eye-opener. One minute I’d be wandering along field edges or the back of a pebbly beach, thinking: “Well, this is perfectly pleasant… but a little uninspiring.” Then I’d gain a little height and find myself on a broad ledge on the hillside, striding out along a gorgeous balcony path, with the waves crashing far below. It was at these moments that I discovered a broad grin had sneakily crept across my face and remained fixed there.