Sue and Martin above Zermatt - 2018

Sue and Martin above Zermatt - 2018

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Porthmadog 2018

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Here’s an overview of our recent trip to Porthmadog, together with route maps.

Day 1

Sunday 11 November 2018 - A Circuit from Tudweiliog

We started with this excellent walk featuring some splendid rainbows at Porth Ychain.

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The walk ended near Porth Towyn, where a lone woman was swimming in the sea.

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Here’s our route - 13 km with 100 metres ascent, taking 3.5 hours.

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Day 2

Monday 12 November 2018 - Mynydd Tir-y-cwmwd from Llanbedrog

We went to Llanbedrog with my brother Dave. He’d never been there before! It’s a steep climb up to the Iron Man sculpture.

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Here’s our route - 4 km with 200 metres ascent, taking 1.5 hours.

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After the walk we visited Plas Glyny-y-Weddw. Had to seriously resist spending Lots of money.

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On return to Porthmadog, we enjoyed a short walk to Tremadog, returning via a supermarket and a storm.

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Here’s our route - 6 km with 50 metres ascent, taking 1.5 hours.

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Day 3

Tuesday 13 November 2018 - A Criccieth circuit from Porthmadog

This was a 27 km circular walk via Criccieth, starting on a lovely morning from Porthmadog harbour.

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The coast path leads through Borth-y-Gest to Ynys Cyngar.

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A long stroll along the firm Black Rock Sands led eventually to an excellent café in Criccieth.

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Beyond Criccieth we encountered (well, we failed to encounter) a path which had no access point, then a bit later another path that came to an abrupt halt at a high stone wall bordered by equally high barbed wire fences and no sign of a stile. We turned around near where this view from Bryn Braich-y-saint towards Porthmadog was recorded.

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The horses were more friendly than the natives.

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Here’s our route - 27 km with 500 metres ascent, taking 6.5 hours.

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Day 4

Wednesday 14 November 2018 - Anglesey Coast Path - Newborough,  The Missing Loop

This was the day we completed a section of the Anglesey Coast Path that we missed out in April. Newborough Forest hadn’t lost any of its beauty.

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The walk along Traeth Penrhos was arduous. We were sand-blasted. Goggles would have been useful.

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We had to wait an hour and a half before we could splash our way across to Llanddwyn Island.

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A lorry load of shells have been deposited – to be used as hard core for path maintenance. This area is easily accessed by car and is obviously a very popular place.

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From the tip of the island there are good views to Snowdonia and (below) to the hills of the Lleyn Peninsula.

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After an unfortunate episode with a badly behaved dog, we enjoyed an orange sunset shortly before returning to the car.

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Here’s our route - 18 km with 200 metres ascent, taking 5 hours.

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Day 5

Thursday 15 November 2018 - Ceunant Cynfal and Ffestiniog

We drove up to Ffestiniog, where Sue made friends with a ginger tom cat.

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Our walk in Ceunant Cynfal featured a rain forest (yes!), moss laden trees, waterfalls, and some attempts at photographic artistry from Sue.

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Shortly before arriving back at Ffestiniog, we paused to attack the contents of a large flask, with great views towards the Moelwyns.

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Here’s our route - 8 km with 300 metres ascent, taking 3 hours.

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And there’s more from Day 5

Thursday 15 November 2018 - Around Harlech

We drove down to Harlech and soon found paths above the town. There were good views into Snowdonia, where cloud lingered just above the summit of Snowdon.

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A little further on we were offered fine views of the nearby Rhinog summits.

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On return to Harlech, before heading for the beach we admired the following view, apparently ‘The Postcard View’ of Harlech Castle. It’s rather blighted by an unsightly mess of green caravans.

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Descending to the beach, you look back to the town to be presented with the sight of several abandoned hotels like this one. Harlech is not a pretty place.

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There is, however, a fine beach, from where we watched the sun set at the end of our holiday.

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Here’s our afternoon route - 10 km with 350 metres ascent, taking 3 hours.

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An excellent short break. Thanks go to Dave and Maggie for the loan of their house in South Snowdon Wharf.

2 comments:

Sir Hugh said...

Was there a story to tell about unfriendly natives on Day 3?

Phreerunner said...

No sub text here Conrad. Simply unfriendly in that there were path blockages - as is normal in those parts.