Y Felin Heli to Caernarfon – Wales Coast Path

The Felinheli or Port Dinorwic as it is often referred to in English sits on the mainland Wales side of the Menai Straits. It is our home for the next few days as we tread the Wales Coast Path once again.

A taxi driver tells us that Felinheli means Salt mill – Felinheli = Mill, Helo = salt water or brine. Then again the name could mean the mill on the Heulyn, which is the river that runs through the village.

The small modern marina is a far cry from the days when slate from the nearby Dinorwic quarry used to be transferred by rail to the Quay then loaded and shipped

We arrive late afternoon, so a short four mile walk to Caernarfon to limber up for the next few days,followed by dinner seems a good idea.

The walk itself is not the most inspiring, it wasn’t an auspicious start as we turned right up Hen Gel Llechi instead of left!

Soon corrected, we soon accessed the A487 before we linked into the cycle path for the four mile stretch into Caernarfon.

In Caernarfon we headed to our favourite pub – The Black Boy. On the wall, the sign tells us that this used to be the red light district, the Welsh name for the street – Stryd Pedwar a Chwech – Four and Six Street. In old shillings and pence, a sailor could get a room, a woman and a bottle of gin for this price….

The taxi driver taking us back to Felinheli couldn’t understand why it was so busy for a Thursday, he was worried he wouldn’t get to his stir fry supper until around 10 pm, and by then he would probably settle for a corn beef sandwich! I love Caernarfon!


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