Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Abergwyngregyn to Caernafon

Two stunning coasts, ancient towns, hamlets, city, harbours and sacred places

Bobby and Bosun kindly drove us back to where we finished last night and we set off walking through to Aber Falls above the ancient town of Abergwyngregyn (stronghold of  Llywelyn ap Gruffudd) via the Coedydd Aber National Nature Park. The stunning falls are well worth a couple of miles detour with good car parking, display panels and way marks. 

We were soon back on to the North Wales Path taking us high over the town and overlooking Anglesey. Dave's keen ear picked up the sound of a Hercules aeroplane which we eventually sighted flying below us above the straights.

It was good to witness a shepherd caring for several flocks, working hard on his quad bike supported by two very well trained dogs whilst we enjoyed a nice gentle descent towards Tal-y-Bont. Once the off the path joined a steep road leading down to the road bridge crossing the A55 at which point the imposing Penrhyn Castle stood imposingly on the outskirts of Bangor. 

Arriving in Bangor we made our way up the longest High St in Britain to the Cathedral. It was really nice of (and very much appreciated) Dave's brother John and wife Audrey to join us whilst we ate our late lunch, checked on feet and changed foot ware, they were doubly kind in making a£10 donation for the collection tin! Bangor was busy and gave off a cosmopolitan vibe with quaint shops, old and new grand public buildings oozing vibrancy.

We chose to follow the cycle route to Caernarfon and enjoyed a brief interlude on the harbour at Y Felinheli away from the traffic noise and general business of the main road. Walking as close to the Menia Straights as possible it dawned on us how we were fortunate to be enjoying two coasts at the same time. 

Arriving in Caernarfon at Walterloo Dock the weather has changed considerably since Saturday. We have been watching the clouds getting darker all day and survived a couple of showers. 

It was great to see Helen waiting for us in the car park. Helen had represented us at the funeral of Dave Thomas in order we could continue the walk. Since Dave's untimely death our thoughts have been with Kath, Roly and family. Dave was a wonderful man and will be sorely missed though fondly remembered. We are saddened at not being able to attend his funeral but hope our efforts on behalf of Chrysalis will help to enable the charity to continue its work for families at distressing and difficult times.

The total on is growing so thank you to those of you who have donated, if you mean to and haven't yet, please do and if you know of anyone who may be able to help please forward the link to them.

Tomorrow looks like it will be tough with rain forecast for all day (good job we've kept out of the spray tanning studios) as we need to make a good inroad to the 50 or so miles left to cover before Saturday mornings crossing to Bardsey Island.

Thank you for your texts, phone calls emails and posts of support. 

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