Log No 206. Sat 14th Dec 2013 - Pwllheli to Porthmadog, 17 miles (3179 miles walked)
The day started with a bit of brightness in the sky and I left Pwllheli at 08.40 walking on the beach.
The coastline from Pwllheli
I hadn't been going long when I came across a coconut.
The bit of blue in the sky had gone now and the wind was picking up.
At the rocky point of Pen-ychain I came off the beach and followed the path as it went by some chalets then under the railway onto the main road.
Looking north from Pen-ychain
After 2 miles on the cycleway/pavement the road crossed the Afon Dwyfor and the Coastal Way signs led me by the farm of Aberkin and across a couple of fields to the north side of the river.
The path followed the bank and then along the coastline into Criccieth with it's castle on the hill.
The coastline to Criccieth
Clouds had really built up now and it was now threatening rain.
The path followed the railway line out of the village then round the rocky hill, Graig Ddu, going inland a little bit and down onto the road back to the beach of Black Rock Sands.
Looking back to Criccieth Castle
Coming down the hill I was surprised to see a few cars on the beach and wondered if there was going to be some kind of racing with kites. It was a big wide beach.
The 'road' on Black Rock Sands
It was nothing of the kind, merely people driving onto the beach like it was a regular road, it even had speed restriction signs.
The tide was out but coming in and I stayed on the beach for 2 miles to the rocky point at Ynys Cyngar.
The coastline to Borth-y-Gest
With the Afon Glaslyn flowing into the estuary a very pleasant path went through the wooded slopes giving super views of all the small bays round to Borth-y-Gest.
The rain had come on now and the wind strengthened but I was just about finished with only 15 minutes into Porthmadog.
With the rain starting to lash down I didn't wander round the place and as the 14.30 bus to Pwllheli was just ready to leave I jumped on it.
Another enjoyable 17 miles.