Distance: 11.08 miles
Max Altitude: 45 m
Min Altitude: 1 m
Height Gain: 185 m
Height Loss: 175 m
I left Porthmadog in the morning and made my way across the cob once more. I had walked back and forth across it several times while filming with ITV Wales. But this time I was leaving for real.
There are many places that the Wales Coast Path skims past but possibly none more impressive than Portmeirion. I hadn’t been for years and wasn’t going to pass up the chance to visit again, so I deviated from the WCP in order to get there.
Despite murky skies, it didn’t disappoint. How could it? This place is perfection and keeps getting better. What I love about Portmeirion is the detail.
I didn’t want to leave and with a heavy heart I walked down the long driveway towards Minffordd. Everything looked so grey after Portmeirion.
I then reached the bridge which last year shaved 10 miles off the original 880 mile Wales Coast Path route. The first Pont Briwet had opened in 1867 and carried a railway line and road. But by the late 1990s, the timber was in poor condition, plus its narrow width was outdated for modern transport. Work began in 2013 and the new bridge was opened in 2015. And with it disappeared to make the journey far inland to Maentwrog.
I stopped right next to it to eat my sandwiches (cheese & pickle) from Spar. It was a quiet spot.
Passing Llandecwyn, I entered the salt marshes of Glastraeth.
I could see for miles in each direction. I surveyed Eryri (Snowdonia) and back across the estuary to wonderful Portmeirion.
But it was time to get to camp. What a fabulous welcome I received from Eirlys from Tanforhesgan who was on the doorstep waiting for me when I arrived on sore feet. The camp was quiet and the facilities spotlessly clean.
Clark Tent was soon pitched and inside I snuggled. I awaited the rain that had been forecast….