20th September 2020
The third and final day of our weekend and again last night the wind picked up from nowhere and kept us awake most of the night. Today there are no trains so we are going to get the bus from outside the campsite to Fairbourne where we left off yesterday.
But the early part of today’s walk is not along the coast as there is no path between the sea and the cliff edge so it is inland we have to head and on one serious climb. In fact today is the 2nd biggest climb on the whole coastal path apart from Aberdyfi to Machynlleth (and we can still remember how hard that one was). That day was 620m of climb over a 12 mile walk and today is due to be 600 metres of climb but a 16 mile total walk.
The path crosses the main road and heads up a lane, which starts off innocent enough.
And we climb, then turn right, climb again, then left and climb again and so on, weaving up and up.
Within about 25 minutes we had this view….
And there is Barmouth.
Even at this height there are still bridges to cross.
And here is where we stopped for our coffee break, on a convenient bench right next to someone’s house.
And the climb isn’t finished yet, as we now hit a woodland area with a single track road, and down below is Fairbourne where we started out.
Sharon leads the way along the road.
Still getting higher, we would be in the clouds if there were clouds today.
Just past this gate we could wait no longer and stopped on a slope for lunch. Straight afterwards we had a steep decline down to sea level and the village of Llwyngwril which had a pub (closed till 2.30pm) and a train station. After 100 metres of walking through the village the path turned off to the left past a cemetery and back up another steep hill for the 2nd large climb of the day.
At the top of the hill the path turned right and through a farm.
Then past a house which Sharon fancied “doing up” as a holiday home.
Finally the sea, but still a way to go.
We crossed some very well signposted fields where the farmer was rounding up his sheep using a quad bike – very friendly chap.
And then we started a descent again.
And along a path which probably doubles as a river bed and was very very muddy.
Before we crossed the main road and turned left to go through some more fields,
After walking along some further muddy paths the path then crossed another farm. Sharon asked some locals where the path went, and I think it was at this point we first went wrong – they directed us left and slightly uphill, but I think this was a different path. But on we ploughed -never turn back!!
This path was not well used.
This path took us into the quarry, where we again found a coastal path sign, but unfortunately it was for the optional longer loop which used to be the main path before the bridge was build over the estuary.
By now Bonnie had had enough, and we took turns to carry her for a while, she didn’t seem to mind!!
And we cut down through the quarry
To get to their main gate, and walking around the edge of it took to the main road and a short walk back on ourselves to get to the new bridge – Pont Tonfanau
The new raised path on the way to the bridge, it crossed what would otherwise be a very marshy area.
Once over the bridge the end was almost in sight.
Along a road beside the top end of Tywyn beach.
And through a caravan park where we found a shop selling ice cream.
Finally we had made it back to the beach and to our starting point 2 days ago – just the small matter of the 1 mile walk back to the caravan now.
So with the sun setting we had completed the whole weekend with a day to spare – still, we can collect some shells and do some shopping tomorrow now.
The total walk today was over 17 miles and 16 miles of coastal path, making 35.5 miles over the 3 days, and our total is now to 621.2 miles completed and 254.4 miles to go. Time for some dinner and a well earned rest.