We took the early train out of Barmouth to Llwyngwril. We were joined on our walk by Louise Tambini, who is a passionate advocate for Keep Wales Tidy.
If you have never done the journey on the Cambrian Coast Railway, you should give it a go. I think it is the most scenic coastal train journey in the whole of the UK.
The conductor said that we would enjoy our walk as it “was truly beautiful, with a few ups and downs, but marvellous views. She was right on all counts.
It was a joy to be back in Llwyngwril – we saw more of the village yarn bombing masterpieces as we walked from the station. It put a smile on our faces. The sun was shining and all was well with the world.
We turned off the main road at Garthangharad Hotel. It is quite a steep climb from the village and out on the moorland.
We are now close to 1000 ft above sea level.. views out to the Mawddach, standing stones, old ruins, ancient settlements set against the burnished autumn bracken makes this a very atmospheric phase of our walk.
The walk is quite straightforward until we get to Cyfannedd. We loop around a farmhouse, a home made mileage marker has been placed against a stone seating area. Ahead we are confronted with a confusion of signs – none of them clearly indicating our route. Someone had sprayed an arrow in red paint and we headed over a small stream and down hill through a bed of bracken and woodland.
A slight detour to see the Blue lake in a disused quarry and we returned to the track and downhill to Friog.
Here the sign points southward – trust the sign, even though Barmouth is to the north, as shortly we turn off towards Fairbourne. We encounter a lady emerging from the beach wrapped in a towel, and wearing Doc Martens – not what you expect in November.
The so called Dragon’s Teeth dominate the front in Fairbourne – tank traps dating from World War II. Crossing the narrow Gauge railway we make short work of crossing to Morfa Mawddach and eventually reaching the wooden footbridge that is attached to the railway bridge and into Barmouth.