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« Reply #1950 on: July 12, 2018, 01:03:35 PM »
Mawddach Trail Penmaenpool to Barmouth

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« Reply #1951 on: July 14, 2018, 08:44:53 AM »
When we walked over the iconic wooden railway bridge into Barmouth they had a drawing of the plans to link the end of the bridge with the town and they looked impressive.
When it is done it'll avoid the potentially dangerous main road into town 


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« Reply #1952 on: July 15, 2018, 09:58:28 AM »
Conditions were perfect very early this morning as it was dry and there was a very low tide so I took a couple of friends to see the Hubert Stone memorial on the side of the Little Orme.   The memorial was set up in memory of a young boy who sadly died there in 1897 and his father had the memorial set up where his body was found by Pierce Jones and 2 colleagues.
Both guys had never seen the memorial before so now they know exactly where it is.
It's not difficult to get to but the rocks are slippy and you have to be very careful when you walk over the rocks.
Above the site are colonies of various nesting sea birds and they created quite a noise when we were near the nests so we didn't want to alarm them and just stayed there as long as we needed to and took some photos and then carefull made our way back to the cars.

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« Reply #1953 on: July 19, 2018, 04:47:56 PM »
Tellytubby had seen a photo on facebook and was itching to see it for himself and it certainly looked interesting, so on Wednesday we headed off to Porth Dynion Amlwch,    We parked the car in the car park by the school and just a short walk downhill led us to Porth Dynion.   It's one of Anglesey's hidden gems with a small sandy beach at low tide and above the beach is a path cut into the rock and although it doesn't go anywhere, there are great views across the water to Bull Bay. 
We met a local guy who had been playing with his dog on the beach and we had a nice conversation with him and if the local myth is to be believed Hollins wasn't the first famous lady to visit this place.   That person was Queen Victoria who was said to like to bathe in the cove.  He went on to say that there was a grotto there where she changed into her swimsuit. The grotto had a door and two stones where she used to sit down to change.
Is it fact or fiction?   who knows but although part of the ceiling of the grotto has collapsed there are door hinges there and inside the grotto are two dressed stones so it still remains a local myth.
We then headed along the coast towards Bull Bay and when we looked back there was a massive fire going on somewhere in Amlwch but strangely no Fire Engine sirens were heard.    We stopped across the road by the Bull Bay Golf Course before heading back to Amlwch on a higher path. About half way along we stopped for refreshments and continued back to the car and then drove to Amlwch Port for a coffee.  We had a coffee each and Rhuddlan kindly paid for the four of us and when he came back he had a smile on his face like the Cheshire cat as they only charged him for 2 coffees due to "the long wait we had"      Of course he incurred the usual banter from the rest of us.
We moved on in the car and crossed over to the other side of the port, somewhere where none of us had walked before and the view from the other side is definitely better.  At the end of the harbour we went uphill and had a quick look at an old windmill before going back to our car and heading home.
It wasn't a long walk but it was interesting because it is one where we hadn't been before.

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« Reply #1954 on: July 19, 2018, 04:50:00 PM »
Amlwch walk

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« Reply #1955 on: August 05, 2018, 11:40:37 AM »
Yesterday we drove up the vary steep and narrow lane to the car park at Cwm Eigiau to have a circular walk up to Melinllyn and Dulyn.    The path to the lakes is stony and steep at first but eases up as you enter the valley where the lakes are.    The path then follows the contours of the hill high above the valley and gives some great views across to the Carneddau mountains and the lakes.   Just before you arrive at  Melinllyn there is the ruin of an old mill but we couldn't work out what it did in its working life. We had a quick look at the lake before descending down a very steep path  to the more impressive lake Dulyn
The lake is surrounded on its northern side by the high cliffs of the Carneddau mountain range and you can see why the lake got its name Dulyn or black lake in English.  Sadly on the 11th November 1944 a plane crashed into the top of the cliffs and all four passengers in the plane died.   Some of the wreckage fell in to the lake and apparently  the prop was  recovered by Stanton, Hall , Wilkinson et al from 50 metres depth, below the cliff on opposite side of lake in 1998.    As the water was quite low the prop could been seen quite clearly in the water.
We were starting to feel quite hungry by then so we headed for the bothy to have our lunch.  We struck up a conversation with a very pleasant guy called Phil who was busy renovating the bothy inside and out.  He had put in new joists and floors and was building bunk beds for future visitors to the place.    Phil was a carpenter by trade and lived in Brighton but had been here living and working in the bothy for the last three weeks as an unpaid volunteer,  what a remarkable thing to do and in complete contrast to a visiting imbecile who in the past broke every window in the place.
After we had lunch we said goodbye to Phil and headed off across the moorland back to the car park passing by a ruined farmhouse that had been abandoned many years ago.
If anyone knows the road from the Cwm Eigiau car park back to Tal Y Bont then they will know that it's not suitable for the faint hearted and thanks to some superb driving from Tellytubby we arrived safely in Tal Y Bont.   He had to reverse a long distance uphill on two occasions when tractors and trailers came up the slope and then we met another car coming up this narrow lane but we all ended up well.     If only his navigation skills were as good as his driving!      ;D

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« Reply #1956 on: August 05, 2018, 11:43:26 AM »
Melinllyn and Dulyn



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« Reply #1957 on: August 05, 2018, 02:46:47 PM »
Lovely, especially the Phil story.

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« Reply #1958 on: August 05, 2018, 06:40:01 PM »
Thanks Hollins,  Phil was quite a modest person but it's remarkable how much time and effort he has already put into renovating the bothy and it's not as if he will get to use it often as he lives so far away. He's done it willingly and without payment and it's so others can enjoy our lovely countryside and have a safe place to shelter if need be,
I've posted a photo of the bothy and it is nearly 3 miles from his car so we can appreciate that just going shopping  is not easy.

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« Reply #1959 on: August 26, 2018, 02:17:21 PM »
The only redeeming thing about this story, is the welfare of the boy........ this is not a difficult walk, just badly planned.

The Ogwen Valley mountain rescue team were out last evening to assist a couple and an 11 year old child lost above Llyn Crafnant.
A team spokesman said: “They reported themselves as having lost the path above Crafnant and being very tired.

“They had a map and knew their exact location but were reluctant to sort the situation for themselves.

“To prevent a later call out the Team Leader gave them directions to the closest forestry track and a team member drove up there to collect them.”

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« Reply #1960 on: September 14, 2018, 12:01:31 PM »
On Wednesday, three  of us went to Llanberis to have a short walk in the area so we parked in our usual free parking area and walked through the town to the railway station.  A Swiss railway engine had come to Llanberis and was offering free rides on a short journey up to the Waterfall halt so we fancied a ride on the train but when we got there the rides didn't start until after 3.00 pm so we just had a good look at the train and decided to revert to plan B.
Plan B was to go on  the Electric Mountain tour so we headed off to the ticket office only to be told that they were fully booked up but had vacancies after 3.30 pm so we reverted to Plan C
Now we had no Plan C but in Llanberis there are so many things to do so we headed to the old Quarry hospital which we knew was open at 12.20 pm but on the way visited the Dolbadarn Castle and then the Llanberis slate museum before we headed for the hospital.  By the time we got to the hospital we were ready for lunch and sat in the sunshine on the picnic benches overlooking the lake.  The views from this elevated spot are just breathtaking.
This was the first time that we have been able to go inside the hospital so we had a good look around it before heading back along the lakeside to Pete's Eats where we enjoyed a nice coffee.    It wasn't the walk we had intended to go on but it was still a nice walk and just good to get out and have a bit of friendly banter with friends

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« Reply #1961 on: September 14, 2018, 12:04:54 PM »
Llanberis walk

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« Reply #1962 on: September 14, 2018, 01:23:50 PM »
It would make life easier if you posted these before the quiz ;)   ;)  seriously, thank's again for your travelogues

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« Reply #1963 on: September 14, 2018, 01:57:31 PM »
Can't make them too easy Steve, but I thought that you would have got it when you saw the colour of those houses, as there can't be many towns with those type of colours in N Wales

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« Reply #1964 on: September 14, 2018, 04:26:48 PM »
Thanks from me too for the travelogues Hugo. I had read about the Swiss train coming and so I was interested to see and read your post too.