Wednesday 11 November 2015
Abersoch to Criccieth
9.5 miles walked (+ bus)
George IV Hotel
Another lovely breakfast and another rainy and windy day. Steve and Jan drove me back to Abersoch.
I walked along the other of the town’s beaches, along The Warren. This was a really beautiful beach, with lovely golden sand, and behind it was the poshest caravan park I have seen.
Some of the abodes were actually lodges and most had posh garden furniture and huge, tainted windows (and often a jet ski or motorboat parked outside). The development also had a health and fitness club and a couple of cafes.
At the end of the beach I climbed the 132m high Mynydd Tîr-y-cwmwd. In good weather the views would be outstanding; today they were barely visible.
The walk down into Llanbedrog first passes The Tin Man on the cliff top. This is the 3rd statue in this place overlooking the town.
I headed down through the woods and grounds belonging to the Plas Glyn-y-Weddw, a dower house built in 1857 for Lady Love Jones Parry of Madryn.
It is now an art gallery and cafe. I stopped to admire the paintings and get a coffee.
It was an easy walk into Pwllheli along the path that skirted Y Gamlas bay.
From Pwllheli the coast path mostly follows the road to Criccieth so, because I didn’t fancy a 2nd night in Pwllheli, I caught a bus to Criccieth.
It hadn’t rained much all day, although the air was wetter than damp and there was a fair bit of mizzle (mist/drizzle). I arrived at my hotel, dumped my rucksack, and headed straight out to walk around Criccieth. The heavens opened and I got soaked! At least I got a quick look at the castle (which was closed) and the nice town. I liked the architecture and the cobbled footpaths opposite the castle.
Criccieth Castle is perched on a small headland and was built by Llywelyn the Great. Fifty years after it was built King Edward I took the castle by force and later improved it. The town grew up around it.
No sooner had I got back to my hotel than the sun came out in order to provide a sunset. I had to go out again to admire it!
Steve and Jan had recommended The Spice Bank (an old bank turned into a restaurant) so I had a nice curry for dinner.