Day 061 : Harlech – Penrhyndeudraeth

Today is a different type of walk. I take a trip inland up above the River Dwyryd estuary and walk through forests, lakes and valleys and even see a small gauge steam railway.


I start by leaving Harlech village and walk down to the main road below. From here you have a good view of the castle. The castle was built by Edward I in the thirteenth century when he rampaged through Wales. The castle has World Heritage site status.

The walking is easy enough as I cross the flat grasslands of Morfa Harlech. I pick up the grassy sea wall along the estuary of the River Dwyryd. You get great views across the river of Porthmadog and Portmerion.


I had hoped to have crossed the river by the road that runs alongside the railway line into Penrhyndeudraeth, but the road was closed for reconstruction although the trains were still running on the embankment. This may have been a blessing because I had a wonderful walk going the long way round.


I take a steep climb through a wooded valley above Llandecwyn until I reach a reservoir called Llyn Tecwyn. What a lovely peaceful tranquil place nestling in the trees with great views of the Snowdonia range.


I continue on through the forest, very eerie with leaves rustling, branches snapping, stones and shingle crunching under my weight. Good job no one jumped out and went BOO, I would have turned into a jibbering wreck.

With my step quickened, I eventually drop down out of the woods and join the road. I did notice big bore pipes trailing across the far hillside going off into the distance, They look like those water slides you see at waterparks.


I cross the river at Maentwrog and here the whistle from the steam train of the Ffestiniog Railway, the oldest independent railway in the world. The trains go from Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog, an old slate mine. The railway line is shared with the Welsh Highland Railway which goes on to Caernarfon.