Distance: 16.40 miles
Max Altitude: 78 m
Min Altitude: 1 m
Height Gain: 200 m
Height Loss: 201 m
Yesterday’s gales continued overnight. Clark Tent bore the brunt of lashings of rain and howling winds. I, inside, got very little sleep once again.
I packed away my soggy kit, wondered whether it would ever get dry again, and then got going.
But I had to get a quick look at the Fairbourne Miniature Railway before I left.
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The Wales Coast Path gets routed away from the coast after Fairbourne. It ends up going through farmland and up hills. Although the sun had come out, I didn’t fancy trudging through muddy fields, so I elected to take the road route for the first section of the day. It was quiet and actually much closer to the coast than the WCP. The scenery was typical.
I made it to Llwyngwril and noticed a yarn bombing on the way into the village.
And then another…
I discovered that this is a village project to raise money for the community centre. I thought it was fantastic! As a crocheter, I looked at some of the yarnbombing creations with awe.
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And as I departed, there was even a little helper on the WCP waymark to wave me on my way.
It’s a good thing that the yarnbombing put such a smile on my face because it was then that the clouds opened and the most relentless of rain began. It didn’t stop. For the next few kilometres I trudged in utter misery, soaked.
I had my head down to avoid rain getting in to my coat past my face. And that led me to missing a waymark. I ended up at a disused quarry which seemed to have a depiction of Paul McCartney as a young child on a poster outside.
Anyway, I turned back and a few metres away there was the waymark. I was back on track.
I then got to walk over the relatively new Tonfanau Bridge over the Dysynni estuary. This was put here just for the Wales Coast Path. As footbridges go, this is a good one.
By the time I reached Tywyn, it was truly torrential. I just wanted the day to be over and done with as I had a prize waiting for me in Aberdyfi, so on I ploughed. I had a long walk along the beach in order to get there and by the time I reached the end of it, the rain eased off enough for me to take a photo of the gorgeous view I’d had to accompany me. Great isn’t it?
In fairness, on a sunny day it’s probably stunning. But in driving rain and low visibility, not so much. I will have to return…
And so it was that with sore feet and an aching will, I struggled into Aberdyfi and collapsed….into a B&B! Every cloud has a silver lining, and some of those linings come in the form of an actual bed (a dry one at that), with showers, towels and a roof etc.