6-9 April 2017: Miniffordd to Pentowyn Dunes – Part 2
Before I start this blog I have just found out that over the course of 4 day’s walking I took 3 pictures and they were all on day 3. So we will just have to rely on my descriptions.
For the first time I have a guide book, the official Wales Coast Path Guide for the Llyn Peninsula. Although it goes the wrong way round, it will give me some additional information to add in.
Minffordd to Criccieth: 9.7 miles (15.6km) +247m -360m (6 April 2017)
We left the hotel at 9:30 to catch the 9:48 train to Minffordd. The journey only took about 15 minutes and we were walking just after 10am. The path took us to the northern edge of Portmeirion, but the less said about that place the better. We then walked down to the Cob. This is an embankment across the tidal estuary that carries the road and Ffestiniog railway. It was built by William Madocks in a bid to create a new ferry port to Ireland. However, Holyhead triumphed as the main ferry port in North Wales, but Madocks completed the harbour where Welsh slates were shipped around the world.
After a brief stop for coffee in Portmadoc we continued along the path and passed through the Victorian resort of Borth-y-Gest and then on to Ynys Cyngar which was once a tidal island but is now part of the mainland.
We then dropped down to Black Rock Sands, one of the largest stretches of sand in North Wales. The day’s walk finished at the 13th century Criccieth Castle.
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