Pennal to Aberdovey: 7.3 miles ( 11.8km) +432m -428m (14 September 2016)
Once again we were on the 10:15 bus to Pennal, this time we would be heading west. This would also be a much more strenuous walk than I expected.
Our first problem was to find where the path left the main road. To begin with I walked past the turning which I only found when I checked the map. The sign down to Plas Talgarth (a timeshare village) was “missing” but once we knew we were on the right track it all made much more sense. From Plas Talgarth the path climbed steadily and we had coffee at the top overlooking the estuary.
After crossing the main road to Aberdovey, we took a road and then track which is known as the Panorama Walk. Part way along we stopped for lunch.
After lunch we had some real problems. Even though there hadn’t been very much rain in the past few days, the path ahead was flooded and there was no alternative route. The only solution was to find a way across that did not involve getting too wet. Eventually we found a route by jumping over the smallest stretches of water we could find. Dorothy was the only one to get muddy after a “friend helped” her across a stream.
Continuing on the track we had great views to the south of the Dyfi estuary and to the north of Happy Valley.
We came to a turning to the right which led us steeply down through the houses and down to Aberdovey. A short walk along the road brought us to the bus stop that was to take us back to Machynlleth.