For the first time in days, the rain stopped on Sunday, the sun came out and it was a beautiful autumn day. It was quite chilly, but not sufficient to deter people from emerging from their homes to enjoy the reprieve. I didn’t go for a long walk, but it was excellent just to get out. I walked down Balkan Hill, and turned left where it turns right, taking the footpath along the side of the Holiday Village, down into Penhelig. From there I walked to Picnic Island. The tide was in, but there is a stretch of uneven wall along which you can make your way if relatively sure-footed, and this bypasses the section of the footpath that is underwater. Even if you fall off, it’s only a short drop into very shallow water.
In the summer this is a busy walk, and the estuary is busy with Outward Bound activities, but today there were absolutely no signs of human life. It was incredibly peaceful, an ideal day for stopping, sitting and just listening to the sound of the water lapping on the rocks.