Day 218 The Far Point of the Llyn Peninsula

Monday 9 November 2015

Tudweiliog to Aberdaron

13 miles

No 2 Dolfor B&B

Another bad weather day. Winds were 50+ mph and lots of rain was forecast.  

Bardsey Island is behind me somewhere
 Caroline’s mum cooked me breakfast and then gave me a lift down the road. She drove me to see Porth Colmon and then dropped me off at the Pen-y-graig crossroads. She was lovely to chat to and it was very kind of her to give me a lift. 

After much discussion yesterday with Caroline, Nicola and other locals in the pub I had decided that walking the coast path would not be a sensible idea. Based on Saturday’s walk I knew that the paths would be in a bad state and negotiating my way around the edge of the coast in gale force winds, on my own, was too risky. I would have to walk the minor roads instead. I took advice on the route and which bays I should walk to before I set off. 

Looking back along the North Llyn Coast from Carreg hill
 There aren’t many cars on the road this far along the Lleyn Peninsula; only half a dozen passed me all day (not including the postman, who passed me 4 times and stopped to check I was ok). 

Initially it was hardly raining, just incredibly windy. After about an hour the rain became harder and I got soaked to the skin, again. The weather did seem to be adding to the fun of the whirling, twirling, dancing seagulls.  

Whistling Sands at Porth Oer
 I walked down to Porth Oer, to admire the Whistling Sands beach. Just like when I went to Eigg, there would be no whistling of the sands today, in this weather. I did see surfers in the sea. It was a lovely beach and had a cafe (closed for Winter) called The Cole Hole, so named because it was originally a coal shed. 

surfers at Porth Oer
 On the headland at Carreg, just above Porth Oer, was a Jasper quarry. It had been opened in 1904 to extract the red stone for decorative building purposes and, according to the information board, was still mined by 3 local farmers.  

Jasper embedded in the paths at Carreg
 I walked up to the top of the hill where there was a stone walled corral.  

Some sort of corral at the top of Carreg hill
 
Jasper in the corral wall
  Every step was a fight against the wind and when I reached the top I found I could not admire the windward view because rods of rain stung my eyes and forced them shut.  

Ouch! The rain is like darts being hurled at my eyeballs by the unbelievable wind
 The rain seemed to be getting worse as walked along the roads, first to Anelog and then to the tip of the Lleyn Peninsula at Gwyddel. I climbed my 2nd hill of the day to see if I could see Bardsey Island across the Bardsey Sound. Just about, through the gloom and the driving rain while trying to balance at an acute angle against the wind.   

Bardsey Island – not a day for a boat trip to visit it
 I was now officially heading down the West coast of Wales. Aberdaron is nestled into hillside where the Afon Daron flows into Aberdaron Bay. It has 3 roads into it, all are steep descents to the heart of the village.  

Looking down through the rain to Aberdaron
  
Aberdaron sea front
 I arrived at Steve and Jan’s house quite early but soaked through. Jan immediately produced a pot of tea and biscuits while I tried not to drop everywhere. Their boiler had just packed up so there was no heating, but it didn’t affect the shower so it was all fine.  

Looking back over the Llyn Peninsula from the tip
 I walked down the hill to the local pub for dinner. The food was nice and I listened to the weather coming across the beach and battering the windows.  

 

4 thoughts on “Day 218 The Far Point of the Llyn Peninsula

  1. Donna Munday November 14, 2015 / 2:03 pm

    Luc am very happy for you that you’ve decided not to camp any more. It’s amazing how you are motivating yourself to get your gear on and go out into the rain and wind again. If I was in your shoes (not a likely scenario) I would have had a lot more rest days in cosy hotels with friendly hoteliers and drunken bar staff!
    You must be due to get to Shell soon! Are you going to stay in the lovely hotel by the stream in Llanbedr?

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  2. Zephyrine November 14, 2015 / 8:38 pm

    And you thought Scotland in summer was bad… – Hope you will know when to call it a day, & have some time out. – To Be Continued…?! ❤

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  3. jomunday99 November 14, 2015 / 9:40 pm

    Crikey. You’re well ‘ard – looks beautiful through the wind and rain

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  4. Chris Frazer November 16, 2015 / 8:21 am

    Again proper walking weather!!!! Respect to those surfers – mad mad mad!!! Miss N you do know that 90% of your body heat escapes through your head…….where is your hat???? On on Juice…..Meant to tell you we had rain the other day too……45 minutes worth, sun came out it was as if it never happened!!!!.

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