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.
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.
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.
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.
Tywyn is another welsh seaside town with a fine beach. It’s claim to fame is the cadfan stone which lies in the local church. It is believed to have the earliest inscription of the welsh language
I head northwards out of town along the side of the railway line. This is built over reclaimed salt marshes which also a lagoon called Broad Water which is now a nature reserve.
Today I leave the the pleasant craft and arts town of Machynlleth and enter Snowdonia National Park.
Just outside Machynlleth is a centre referred to as CAT(Centre for Alternative Technology. It has an educational and visitor centre where people can not only learn about alternative technology but all aspects of sustainable living.