Day 220 Three Seaside Towns: Abersoch, Pwllheli and Criccieth

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.  

Abersoch’s beautiful beach in front of The Warren
 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.  

The decking of one of the seaside homes
Looking down on The Warren holiday park
 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.   

St Tudwal’s Islands came into view
 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.  
The Tin Man, Llanbedrog
 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.  

The Tin Man’s view of Llanbedrog, complete with brightly painted beach huts
  It is now an art gallery and cafe. I stopped to admire the paintings and get a coffee.  
The view from the house
Looking back at the lovely woods covering the cliff above Llanbedrog
 It was an easy walk into Pwllheli along the path that skirted Y Gamlas bay.  

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.  

Y Gamlas Bay
 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
 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.  

Criccieth beach at sunset
 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! 

Beautiful sunset
 Steve and Jan had recommended The Spice Bank (an old bank turned into a restaurant) so I had a nice curry for dinner.  

Criccieth Castle

One thought on “Day 220 Three Seaside Towns: Abersoch, Pwllheli and Criccieth

  1. Chris F November 26, 2015 / 10:14 am

    Peace, tranquility and solitude…..awesome just awesome. Then you end the day with a ruby! Outstanding effort! On on Marshal of the Air (Retd).


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