Tuesday 3 June 2014

Aberdaron and the Wales Coast Path

We had the coast path to olurselves
If you’re looking for an add on to your stay at Campbell’s Cottage you could try what we just did, a pilgrimage to Aberdaron at the tip of the Llŷn Peninsula, staying right on the beach and walking sections of the Wales Coast Path.

Our room at the Tŷ Newydd had a mini balcony overlooking the beach beneath, with the sea just a stone’s throw away at high tide; could probably skim stones from the bedroom. Falling asleep with curtains and door wide open was great. The crab salad, with a shared portion of chips, was luxury; best crab we’ve ever tasted.

We walked the coast path from Whistling Sands back to the hotel, about 9 or 10 miles, with a few bits of up and down. After cappuccino at Whistling Sands we didn’t see a soul for the next 3 hours. Along the way so many wild flowers, birdsongs and sounds of the sea, snails galore and stunning blue butterflies in one section. A pair of peregrines swooped along the cliffs and as we approached Mynydd Mawr we were into the land of the chough, with their bright red beaks and legs and cat-like calls.

Caterpillar of Lackey Moth in a Sloe Tree
By the time we made it back to the hotel a pint of the local brew, Brenin Enlli, was most welcome. On the second day we walked a section around Penarfynydd, where we saw a hare run across the top of the mountain, and a bit later we walked along the surfers beach of Hell’s Mouth or Porth Neigwl.

So close to home yet a world apart and a great break.

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