The Hamlet of Penmaenpool

After breakfast today we were transported to the hamlet of Penmaenpool and began our hike at the George the Third Tavern. We walked along the Mawddach estuary, saw many birds including a dipper. We stopped on the beach made some hot tea and had some lunch. We hiked around Arthog and visited the Falls and continued our journey across the railway bridge to Barmouth. After ice creams we caught the public bus back to Dolgellau to the Inn where we are staying.

The Fort at Tre Ceiri

Excellent team work yesterday with our Walkabout group getting up to the Bronze/Iron Age Fort at Tre Ceiri on the Lleyn Peninsular. The Romans never conquered this stronghold of the Welsh Nation during their lengthy occupation of Wales.(A.D.79-410). Picture at trailhead of the crew surrounded by clouds and fog, we stayed close together, mid day the wind picked up from the west and by the time we were on the summit the sun appeared! Picture of us leaving on the train this morning to hike in the Snowdonia National Park. Tomorrow we will hike the Mawddach Estuary from Penmaenpool to Barmouth.

The Kissing Gate

The first person to pass through the kissing gate has to close the gate to the next person, providing and opportune moment to demand a kiss in return for entry. Norma & Jim on our Wild Wales Walkabout tested it out his afternoon as they passed through a gate on our way to the ferry boat to transport us to Bardsey Island on this glorious sunny day. We spent time watching the red billed Chough performing their acrobatic flights. A cross dedicated to the 20,00 saints that have been buried here close by the thirteenth century Abbey. Chough image by Llen Natur

Eifl Fortress

Last Thursday on the Lleyn peninsular in Wales we hiked up the Eifl to the bronze Age fortress. On the top we were greeted by some wild goats, and spectacular views of Cardigan Bay and the Irish sea when we appeared out of the low clouds and mist! Friday we rambled at along the Welsh Costal Path around Porth Dinllaen in the sunshine. Lunch was at Ty Coch Pub on the beach, the only way to get there is walking along the beach low tide! We passed through many a kissing gate daily as we made our way along the seacoast!

Roman Roads

On our Wild Wales Walkabout next week we will hike along some Roman Roads, coastal paths where pilgrims and saints have travelled along for over two thousand years, visiting sacred wells for drinking water, and rest along the way. We will climb the iconic massif Cader Idris, walk along the Mawddach estuary and dine at Dylanwad, a very special stop in the medieval market town of Dolgellau. The world is too much with us; late and soon, Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers; Little we see in Nature that is ours … William Wordsworth from the poem, The World Is Too Much With Us

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