April 25th: Rest day: Submerged forest of Borth – Cantre’r Gwaelod
Today, rather overcast and misty, we took a walk on Borth sands to look at the remains of a forest that emerges when the tide is low and, particularly, after storms that temporarily remove sand. The trees are estimated to be between 4000 and 6000 years old consisting of species such as oak, alder, pine and birch. Tree stumps, roots and fallen trees are easily identified as well as layers of peat. When I was a boy in Borth I was told the legend of a lost kingdom that lay in Cardigan Bay,,,the legend of Cantre’r Gwaleod that is celebrated in song and story.
[Ref: Ceredigion Coast Path – http://www.ceredigioncoastpath.org.uk]