19th September 2020
Day two of our weekend and this is going to be a longer one. Due to timings of buses and trains we had to first of all start further away that we wanted (Llanbedr station was closed so we had to go to Pensarn and walk back), and at the other end we were planning to stop in Barmouth …..more about that later.
We had not had a good night’s sleep – from nowhere the wind picked up massively and 3 times in the night I had to go out and peg the awning back down and for the rest of the night things thumped against the side of the van. Anyway, up we got and off we walked to the train station, so that was our first mile (which didn’t count towards the coastal path). At Pensarn we walked back to Llanbedr (another 0.7 mile which didn’t count) and finally we could start the walk.
The path immediately crosses the railway line and the station we would have got off at if it was open, and then it heads down towards Llanbedr airfield.
Then it was on to the tidal marshes where a convenient path cuts it way through the middle.
The path then heads towards our first glimpse of sea of the day as it reaches Morfa Dyffryn, but first there are some sand dunes to climb over.
The next 2 miles of the walk are along the sand, and we stopped here for a coffee break before heading on – we had heard it was a nudist beach but I don’t think that Sharon was quite prepared for all that was flapping around in the wind!!
The beach got busier and busier as we entered the “with clothes” section and then there was an exit to the left with a coastal path sign – someone was holding an ice cream which gave us hope of an ice cream – but could we find the van? Nope not at all 😦
So up the boardwalk we went (not under it).
Through a car park and then along a road, before turning right into a field. We then end up following signs across the field, right, then left and then right which mean we ended up not far from where we started.
Over a wall, and across the bridge and we then met some Alpaca who tried to give us directions but we end up making some funny circles on Strava as we wandered around the fields.
Eventually we found ourselves back on the coastal path and on the main road into Barmouth, which we then followed for a couple of miles.
After the church….
The coastal path turns right and down a steep hill, over the railway line and along a promenade. Sharon tried to get the land train to stop and give us a lift – nice try!
By now we were getting rather hungry so we stopped for a sit down chip dinner. Then we had to take a decision whether to wait a few hours for the only train of the day to get us back home (the train goes over the Barmouth bridge) or to walk over the bridge and catch an earlier bus (the buses don’t go over the bridge and have a 40 minute inland detour). We decided to go for the bus and keep on walking!!!
So through Barmouth we walked and over the old wooden bridge, paying the toll to the troll.
We then decided that it would be easiest to walk along to Fairbourne as we could then get the bus from there if we got a wiggle on and it would be easier to start from there tomorrow. The next part of the walk goes along the other side of the estuary on a cycle path towards the coast again.
You can just make out a miniature railway track beside the road and again Sharon was hopeful of a lift, but the little trains had stopped running for the day, so we pushed on along the promenade.
And the end point of today’s coastal path as well as the starting point for tomorrow.
We just had time to walk into town to the bus stop and get an ice-cream from the passing ice cream van while we wait.
The total walk today was over 17 miles but 15 miles of it counts towards the coastal path total. That takes our total up to 605.2 miles completed and 270.4 miles to go. Hopefully it won’t be as windy tonight and we will sleep well.