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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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Gwynedd Coast Path, day 7

July 9, 2016 0 Comments
Gwynedd Coast Path, day 7

Five gather at Porthmadog station: C, H, me, and two guests, M-A and J.  Sunshine beams through the roof of the elegant platform, and the three-carriage train arrives to take us to Harlech.  Its manager is as friendly as we’ve come to expect on the Cambrian Coast. Is it daily experience of working on the […]

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Gwynedd Coast Path, day 5

May 8, 2016 0 Comments
Gwynedd Coast Path, day 5

Back to Penhelig station, for the last time.  C and I are on our own today.  We’re planning, as the climax of the week, to make a grand ceremonial advance on Harlech, in pale imitation of Owain Glyn Dŵr’s successful assault on the Edwardian castle there in 1404.  Fortunately the wind has veered overnight.  It’s […]

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Gwynedd Coast Path, day 4

May 8, 2016 0 Comments
Gwynedd Coast Path, day 4

Another strong contingent, with MH joining L and M at Penhelig station.  We’re heading to Tal-y-bont, up the coast.  The north wind still blows, so we plan a southerly walk to Fairbourne today.  It’s not just windy, it’s cold, and we can see snow on the mountain tops.  Tal-y-bont turns out to be disappointing – […]

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Gwynedd Coast Path, day 3

May 7, 2016 0 Comments
Gwynedd Coast Path, day 3

Here we are, back on the platform at Penhelig, with two new guestwalkers, L and M.  This morning we’re not alone.  A small group of urban children sit on the ground.  They look out of their element, and it’s soon obvious that they’re staying with Outward Bound.  The Trust’s very first school was set up […]

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Gwynedd Coast Path, day 2

May 7, 2016 0 Comments
Gwynedd Coast Path, day 2

Penhelig is the best hidden of railway stations.  A poorly signed flight of steps takes us to a platform high above the road, the single track line leading to a tunnel at each end.  Facing us a curving Victorian terrace blocks the sea view; it has its gardens at the front, each bisected by a […]

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Ceredigion Coast Path, day 8

May 6, 2016 0 Comments
Ceredigion Coast Path, day 8

By car back to Tre’r Ddôl, and coffee and flapjacks in the excellent café in Siop Cynfelin run by Cwmni Cymunedol Cletwr.  Today’s guestwalkers converge on the village: D from Aberystwyth, and S, J and Jo from Borth.  As we set off up the woodland path we must look like a branch of the North […]

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