Over the next few days I seem to see quite a lot of Pwllheli, as it becomes a hub for me as I travel between places. It is the major town on the Llyn peninsular.
It has a big harbour which used to be a big fishing port and ship building centre. There is also a marina with plenty of boats for the sailing fraternity. It is also the end on the main railway line from Machynlleth and the Midlands.
I leave Pwllheli to the south along some fine beaches with a very pretty promenade. I soon pass the local links golf course and head towards Llanbedrog.
The Mynydd-Tir-y-cwmwd headland where granite was quarried is an interesting place. The old Dower house, that’s a house available to the widower of an estate owner, is now an Arts Centre and theatre. As you walk around the headland you get great views of the coast back along to Pwllheli and beyond. There is also a sculpture of a tin-man designed by local sculptors.
My approach into Abersoch is by a wonderful three mile beach walk. It is actually three beaches rolled into one, Quarry Beach, The Warren and the Abersoch Harbour Beach.
You can tell that this is a very popular coastline by the number of holiday static caravan homes there are. Abersoch seems to be well geared up for those taking a holiday with bars, restaurants and shops.
As you walk out of Abersoch towards Machroes and the Abersoch peninsula, there are two islands called the Tudwal’s just off the coast, one of them with a lighthouse. I was told that Bear Grylls, the mountaineer and outdoor survivor specialist owns one of the islands.