As usual the waters between St David's Head and Penllechwen were confused with quite a large swell but as yet not much adverse tide.
On reaching Penllechwen there were the usual overfalls but increasing my paddling speed and using the standing waves to aid my progress, I was soon through them and into the calmer waters beyond. It is amazing how within just a few hundred yards the sea conditions change with the water now calm and with little tidal flow except at a few of the protruding headlands.
From here there are impressive views along the cliffs of the North Pembrokeshire Coast all the way to Strumble Head in the distance with Carn Penberry towering dominantly above the coast.
The coastline is very rugged with high cliffs and very few places to land safely. When I reach the headland of Trwyn Ddualt which lies in the shadow of Carn Penberry 175m high, I see the change between the grey hard igneous rocks to the South West and the softer black shale/slate cliffs to the North East.
On reaching the small beach at Porth Tre-wen and round into Aberdinas the cliffs become even more weird and jagged with numerous small caves which can only be entered at or near to high tide.
Above these wild cliffs is the Iron Age Fort of Castell Coch.
It is then a straight paddle into Abereiddy passing a few waterfalls on the way which are flowing quite fast due to the recent heavy rain.
Abereiddy is a small beach with black sand and a cluster of small cottages behind the beach and to the north a row of crumbling quarrymen's cottages, all that remains of the once thriving community of the Abereiddy Slate Quarry.
The quarry was operational from about 1830 to 1904 with the slate originally being shipped out from the beach and later from the harbour at Porthgain via a 3 mile narrow gauge tramway.
At the beginning of the 20th century the quarry flooded creating the Blue Lagoon which wasn't quite accessible today as the tide was too low.