Penrhyndeudraeth to Harlech – Wales Coast Path

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This section sees us completing the Meirionnydd Coast Path.

One of these days I may walk the old route for the WCP which heads inland to Maentwrog before coming back towards Llandecwyn. Pont Briwet bridge has shortened the route considerably.

The route is well signposted with the only minor confusion for us was just after scrambling up and around the low hill at Bryn Glas, we had walked down the hill at an angle which made it difficult to locate the style to cross over the railway. A very messy farm track also needed negotiating. When finally on the dyke, it wasn’t surprising that the path was really muddy, which made it quite slithery and slippy. Well it is winter walking after all!

It is a beautiful stretch along the salt marsh – I did feel a bit guilty looking at the live stock and thinking – Yummie salt marsh lamb!

Reaching the road at Ynys, and following the route we reached the atmospheric Llanfihangel y Traethau church (St Michael’s of the Sands). One gravestone caught my eye, a lady called Gwen died at 48 buried with two daughters in their teens. So sad.

Over the bracken covered moor, and on reaching the estuary enjoy stunning views of the Italianate village of Portmeirion and Porthmadog.

The only blot on the landscape of this walk is the landfill site at Morfa Harlech, but we hurried along towards Harlech as we were loosing the daylight. We were not concerned as we could see we were fast approaching Harlech, dominated by the castle on the hill, one of Edward 1 fortifications held by Owain Glyndwr in 1404

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