Wales Coastal Path

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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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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Ceredigion Coast Path, day 7

May 5, 2016 0 Comments
Ceredigion Coast Path, day 7

In Tre’r Ddôl I lock the car and tie up my boots, while the others make for the bus stop.  Walking over the bridge I look up and see the bus is already there and about to leave.  I have to break into a run to catch it.  C explains that the driver – Lloyds […]

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Gwynedd Coast Path, day 1

May 1, 2016 0 Comments
Gwynedd Coast Path, day 1

It’s early afternoon.  The Lloyds Coaches bus from Aberdyfi lets us off in a lay-by, near a school on the outskirts of Tywyn.  We’re on Neptune Road.  Somewhere ‘over there’ is the town centre, and ‘over here’ is the sea.  We head for the latter, past the terminus of the Tal-y-llyn railway and some low, […]

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Swansea Coast Path, day 5

March 20, 2016 0 Comments
Swansea Coast Path, day 5

A spring morning.  Six paces from the car and we’re standing, four of us, on the beach at Oxwich.  Calm sea, a light airflow from the south east, and, best of all, sun – a star banished from sight during the darkest, warmest, wettest winter in memory. Our only mistake is neglecting to notice the […]

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