76. Mynytho – Llanystumdwy

76. Mynytho – Llanystumdwy

Distance: 17.08miles

Max Altitude: 98 m

Min Altitude: 1 m

Height Gain: 220 m

Height Loss: 216 m

A parky night turned into the most glorious morning on Llŷn. The sun was out and the sky was blue; my favourite kind of walking day. 

I left Gwel y Môr campsite (thank you again so much for my pitch) and headed back towards the Wales Coast Path. The first task of the day was to follow the trail around Mynydd Tir-y-Cwmwd. The view wasn’t half bad.

Rounding the headland gave the most incredible view of Eryri and the northern part of Ceredigion.

I would have walked past this iron man had I not have spotted him out of the corner of my eye and turned around to inspect further. This is the third statue to be placed at this spot. The first was a ship’s figurehead that had been placed here by the family who owned the nearby mansion, Plas Glyn y Weddw. It was burnt down by vandals in the late 1970s. It was replaced by another tin man in the early 1980s but that one rusted. So then this one was commissioned and placed on the spot in 2002. 

I like him

What a view the tin man has eh?

Following waymarks took me down to Plas Glyn y Weddw, which is now an art gallery, theatre, shop and cafe. 

And yes I did stop for food at the cafe. It would have been rude not to. Also, this place is yet another addition to my ‘must return’ list.

Fuelled, I made my way down on to the beach and began walking along the kilometres of stony sand.

After rounding the point at Carreg y Defaid, I was practically alone on the beach. The water looked so inviting and being a hot day, I couldn’t resist it any longer. So in I went. But I almost changed my mind when I saw this jellyfish.

It wasn’t enough to deter me though and the sea was tremendous. 

Walking on to Pwllheli, I felt happy and refreshed. For most of the walk I was alone. The beaches were mostly deserted in spite of the weather.

When I got to Pwllheli, I went wrong a couple of times but I didn’t mind. I didn’t even mind when I got lost in the marina and ended up next to a yacht for sale for a mere £300,000. Next year maybe…

When I finally found the path again, I was back on the beach, walking on sand. I couldn’t have been happier. 

A little after Abererch, the WCP was routed inland and I walked the rest of the way to Llanymstudwy next to a busy road.

I pitched up at the Llanystumdwy Camping and Caravanning Club site, and couldn’t have had a warmer welcome. Thank you to Martin and the rest of the staff for being so kind. 

Another perfect trail day over. 

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