Monday 26 October 2015
Llanfairfechan to Bangor
Esta and Alan’s house, nr Chester
Leaving Y Gelli guest house I made my way back to the coast just past Llanfairfechan. Sandwiched between the sea and the main road and rail line is a fantastic nature reserve: Traeth Lafan. It is a stretch of intertidal mud and sand with hides around it and this morning, in the beautiful Autumn sunshine, there were lots of birds. I saw plenty of oystercatchers, egrets and curlews amongst other things.
It was a lovely walk alongside Lavan Sands at high tide, although at one point I did have to clamber over rocks because the tide was so high.
Penrhyn Castle loomed ever closer and I was forced inland to get around its huge estate.
I walked past Tal-y-bont and then hit the dismantled railway line that tracks alongside the River Cegin to Porth Penrhyn.
I was now at Bangor and from here I had a pretty good view of some of Snowdonia’s mountains not that far away.
I walked past the pier and arranged to meet up with my ex-work colleague, who happened to be shopping in Bangor, for a coffee. Elise picked me up and we drove across to Menai Bridge. It was nice to catch up and I arranged to stay with her when I reach Rhosneigr.
Elise dropped me back at Bangor train station and I caught a train to Llandudno Junction, where I had arranged to meet Esta and Alan. They had very kindly agreed to put me up (again) and take delivery of my old rucksack so I could repack and carry on.