Wales Coastal Path

North Wales Coast Path, day 3

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

Rhyl in the rain is no fun.  We’ve arrived from Abergele on the no.12 bus to find the connecting service has just pulled out of the bus station, five minutes before it should have.  We take to the depressed streets in the hope of finding refreshement, and just as hope fades and we’re beginning to […]

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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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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 9

July 11, 2016 0 Comments
Gwynedd Coast Path, day 9

The heavy rain is back.  By the time C and I have walked to Criccieth station we’re already drenched.  No one else’s waiting for the train to Pwllheli.  Birmingham International, the destination in the other direction, seems a more sensible choice today.  The boarded-up station building carries murals of children on the beach, butterflies and […]

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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 6

July 8, 2016 2 Comments
Gwynedd Coast Path, day 6

Dusk on Saturday.  We’re in Criccieth, two days after UKIP’s ‘Independence Day’.  Explosions sound outside the eccentric seaside apartment we’ve rented for the week (it features a very public bath in the front bedroom window, and an impudent fish, Billy Bass, who turns to face you and sings, ‘Don’t worry, be happy’ when you open […]

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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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