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Staples RIP

May 20, 2017 2 Comments
Staples RIP

Glancing across Parc Tawe after finishing the food shopping the other day I saw a shocking sight.  Staples was no longer there.  It took a while for the eye to confirm that it really had disappeared, and a while longer for the brain to absorb the meaning of the disappearance.  The truth was that some […]

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North Wales Coast Path, day 7

May 7, 2017 0 Comments
North Wales Coast Path, day 7

We’re quite a crowd, today, six of us.  Enough to cause anxiety, with our clompy boots and bulky rucksacks, to anyone encountering us on the Coast Path.  As well as M we have two other guestwalkers, Ca, and M-A, who’s waiting for us at Conwy station.  A misunderstanding in the café nearby gives us one […]

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North Wales Coast Path, day 5

May 5, 2017 0 Comments
North Wales Coast Path, day 5

In sunny Flint C and I make for a recommended café in Church Street, Yr Hen Lys.  It deserves the praise.  The coffee is good and the bara brith even better.  Back over the railway line, we make for the castle, only glimpsed the day before.  A silhouette sculpture – Flintshire has dozens of them, […]

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North Wales Coast Path, day 4

May 3, 2017 0 Comments
North Wales Coast Path, day 4

Today is industry day.  We’re back in Talacre, after a pair of slow bus rides, and plan to reach Flint.  It’s even colder this morning – it sleets for a time later – and we’re dressed as if for the Norwegian Arctic.  This time we do call in at Lola and Suggs for a coffee.  […]

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North Wales Coast Path, day 2

May 2, 2017 0 Comments
North Wales Coast Path, day 2

I’ve always had a soft spot for Llandudno, despite its pretensions and its appeal to royalty, domestic and foreign.  It has many attractions: the languid curve of its bay bookended by the two Ormes, its numerous coffee shops, its graceful shopping arcades, its pride in whitewashed tidiness, the splendour of the Mostyn Art Gallery, the […]

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North Wales Coast Path, day 1

May 1, 2017 0 Comments
North Wales Coast Path, day 1

Caravans and coasts go together like Morecambe and Wise.  It’s seldom that we walk a day on the Wales Coast Path without seeing at least a few caravans.  But the coastal strip between Pensarn and Rhyl, our gentle afternoon introduction to the north Wales coast, is so caravan-saturated that, on the top of a double-decker […]

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Two Scilly visitors

April 2, 2017 0 Comments
Two Scilly visitors

On 22 October 1707 Admiral Sir Cloudsley Shovell was guiding his fleet of fifteen Royal Navy ships back towards the England coast after a failed attempt to defeat the French fleet near the Mediterranean port of Toulon during the War of the Spanish Succession. It was a difficult voyage.  The weather was stormy, and Shovell, […]

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Cribarth

November 13, 2016 0 Comments
Cribarth

It’s the morning of the Pumpkinification of Donald Trump.  Three of us have fled the bloggers, tweeters and trolls, to the head of Cwm Tawe.  We park in Ystradgynlais, near Ysgol Golwg y Cwm, and walk up to the track of the old Swansea Vale Railway.  This and the Brecon and Neath Railway it connects with […]

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Gwynedd Coast Path, day 11

July 11, 2016 0 Comments
Gwynedd Coast Path, day 11

Same journey, same start point, but we’re now down to three, C, H and me, for our last day in southern Llŷn.  Llanengan seems a bit busier than yesterday, though it’s a quieter place than it was when lead was mined here (a chimney still stands above the village).  We walk down to Porth Neigwl, […]

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Gwynedd Coast Path, day 8

July 11, 2016 0 Comments
Gwynedd Coast Path, day 8

Heavy rain’s expected.  But it hasn’t arrived yet, and C and I set out on the bus to Pwllheli.  This is the end of the (railway) line, and the town has an old-fashioned look, with cafés, working chapels, bookshops and a big traditional ironmongers.  The path takes us round the old harbour.  It’s now empty, […]

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