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Gwynedd Coast Path, day 17

July 15, 2017 0 Comments
Gwynedd Coast Path, day 17

Ca has joined us from Swansea.  Yesterday it took her almost ten hours to make the journey of 150 miles by train (Swansea to Carmarthen), bus (Carmarthen to Aberystwyth) and train (Aberystwyth to Pwllheli), including two connection stops of an hour each in Aberystwyth and Machynlleth, and a serious train breakdown in Machynlleth.  To put it […]

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Gwynedd Coast Path, day 16

July 14, 2017 0 Comments
Gwynedd Coast Path, day 16

We knew today’s trip wouldn’t be a popular choice – it’s just the two of us again.  The stretch from Trefor to Dinas Dinlle mainly follows the course of the busy A499 and must count as one of the Wales Coast Path planners’ biggest failures.  Presumably they were unable to engineer or negotiate either a […]

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Gwynedd Coast Path, day 15

July 13, 2017 0 Comments
Gwynedd Coast Path, day 15

Now we are two, C and me, for the toughest challenge of the week, a mountain trek from Nefyn to Trefor across Yr Eifl.  And here’s our favourite driver for the Bysus Nefyn trip, talking non-stop with the same workmate.  It’s a quick journey: there are no deviations and, like all Llŷn buses, this one […]

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Gwynedd Coast Path, day 14

July 12, 2017 0 Comments
Gwynedd Coast Path, day 14

Bus journeys to the start of walks are always welcome.  Today we’re off, the five of us, to Tudweiliog with Bysus Nefyn.  Strangely, the bus visits Nefyn, our final destination, before rattling along to Tudweiliog, but otherwise doesn’t deviate from the road to reach remote villages on either side (there aren’t many of them), so […]

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Gwynedd Coast Path, day 13

July 11, 2017 4 Comments
Gwynedd Coast Path, day 13

Finding the way to Tywyn in our two cars isn’t easy.  Turning off the road to Tudweiliog we miss a minor road to the right.  We realise the mistake and trying to correct it, but go wrong again and end up on a narrow farm track behind an alarmed family of ducks.  Retracing our steps, […]

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Gwynedd Coast Path, day 12

July 10, 2017 1 Comment
Gwynedd Coast Path, day 12

We’ve stayed in cottages, houses and old chapels in previous walking weeks, but never in a penthouse.  But here we are, in The Penthouse, in a building that’s part of the sea front at Pwllheli.  It’s a replacement for the old West End Hotel, built by Solomon Andrews, the original developer of the grand seafront […]

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R. M. Lockley, coastwalking pioneer

June 3, 2017 2 Comments
R. M. Lockley, coastwalking pioneer

Preparing for a talk about coastwalking in Plas Brondanw in a week or two I’ve been thinking about the origins of the practice of walking around the coast of a country, and specifically Wales.  When, I wondered, did coastwalking start to become a conscious mode of walking for travellers and tourists?  Rebecca Solnit, in her […]

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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 6

May 6, 2017 0 Comments
North Wales Coast Path, day 6

Guestwalker M joins the three of us today. Together we walk down to the railway station at Pensarn and wait for the train.  It’s a cool, dark day, with a threat of rain.  A few yellow-jacketed workers make sporadic attempts to relieve the glumness and dereliction of the place.  We catch the train, change at Llandudno […]

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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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