Day 069 : Penmaenmawr – Penrhyn Bay

The main A55 Dual Carriageway now by-passes many of the seaside towns along this stretch of coast. Penmaenmawr is one of them which is overlooked by its own mountain which has been significantly quarred.

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For most of the day some dark clouds hung over this mountain, I thought that I was in for a soaking but the dark clouds stayed put and I even got some sunshine later on.

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Day 068 : Menai Bridge – Penmaenmawr

I walk under two bridges that join Anglesea to the mainland which is about as close as I get to Anglesea. I am not including walking round islands during this challenge, but I will be back one day.

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The first bridge is the Britannia which was rebuilt in 1970 to carry both rail and road traffic. The original bridge was built by Robert Stephenson which burnt down after a cinder from a train passing through set it alight . He also built many of the lighthouses in Wales. The original support towers have been used in the new bridge.

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Day 067 : Pen-y-groesion – Menai Bridge

By pure coincidence I meet up with an old friend, as I walk down a narrow road towards Dinlle Dinas. Dennis and Rose had been camping there and had packed up and were making there way home. It was a pleasant surprise meeting them we stood by the side of the road chatting for about half an hour.

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Dinlle Dinas is a popular seaside area especially with campers and caravanners. There are good views of Anglesea and back along the coast to the Llyn peninsula.

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Day 066 : Nefyn – Pen-y-groesion

In the old days Nefyn used to be a seafaring port with fishing particularly for herring. This is where I start todays walk with a mountain to conquer in Yr Eifi.

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After passing through Pistyll, I pass through some old quarry workings at Penrhyn Glas, this is the first of two quarries I pass through. Up ahead I see a far bigger quarry of Porth-y-Nant.

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Day 065 : Aberdaron – Nefyn

Today I walk the north coast of the Llyn peninsula from the sands that whistle to a golf course on the edge of the world.

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I leave Aberdaron and make my way up the road to Anelog where I join the coast again. As I walk along the grassy cliff tops I soon come to a wide sandy beach with an interesting name of whistling sands.

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Day 064 : Llangian – Aberdaron

I have been staying at a bunkhouse at Tanrallt Farm in Llangian, just outside Abersoch for the last few days. It has been a fabulous retreat for me with all the basic facilities I needed after a long day walking. It is a working farm run by Phil and Menir who were great and very friendly and helpful.

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I notice that there is a strong sense of identity with the welsh people in this area. You find the Welsh language being spoken in nearly every shop, café and restaurant you go into.

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Day 063 : Pwllheli – Llangian

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.

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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.

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Day 062 : Penrhyndeudraeth – Pwllheli

Today I am back on the coast and I put in quite a long walk. I start at Penrhyndeudraeth which means the peninsula with two beaches and finish at Pwllheli, the main town on the Llyn peninsular.

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I walk out of town and the first place I come to is Minffordd. It has two railway stations next to each other. One for the main line train services and one for Ffestiniog Railway. Just as I cross the road, a steam train crosses the bridge totally enveloped in steam. As far as I could see there were plenty of people on the train, so it must be quite popular.

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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.

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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.

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Day 060 : Barmouth – Harlech

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.

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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.

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