Today I am greeted with rain and wind. So my first action is to retreat to a café coffee and breakfast for sustenance before setting out.
Barmouth seems a beautiful place to visit with the sea and golden sands, the River Mawdach estuary with its boats and wildlife, The Snowdonia mountain range and Cadair Idris as a backdrop.
I walk out of Barmouth along the seafront where the wind is whipping up the sand from the lovely beaches and sending trails of sand across the road and path. I decide that today I will keep to the roads, it seems the safer option.
With the rain hitting me full on I take refuge in a shop at Llanaber, well that’s my excuse for buying a chocolate bar, and wait a bit for the rain to ease off.
I look over to Shell Island where I should be walking. Cars can reach it via a causeway at low tide , people on foot can reach it anytime. It is simply called Shell Island because of the number of sea shells that get washed onto its beach.
I finish my walk in the village of Harlech and after a walk around the village and castle I make a soggy journey on a bus back to the hostel.
I have been staying at the Youth Hostel at the foot of Cadair Idris called Kings. This is in an idyllic setting, a woodland clearing with a stream running through it at the base of Cadair Idris. The owner Dave with his family and staff are very attentive, and do a wonderful breakfast and evening meal at reasonable prices. The rooms were clean and the showers hot, I was sorry to have to move on from this place.