An early start today with a quick photo call from where Helen picked us up less than 12 hours earlier.
The walk out of Gwytheryn commences from the right of The Lion Inn and I must admit that from a standing start the steep climb of some 500ft was a strenuous beginning of the day however once we got our breath back we enjoyed some spectacular views and proceeded towards Pandy Tudur via the moors. Wind turbines dominate the landscape and provide a point of reference. It seems there is a strong feeling in Gwytheryn that there should be no more, though I must admit to being comforted by their increasing presence as we made progress taking reassurance we should soon reach the heights above
The Pilgrims Way takes you through several farms and we are both impressed with the openness and friendly welcome provided by the farmers we have come into contact with. Everyone we have spoken with is aware of the trail and are keen to pass on local knowledge and help us to enjoy their landscape. After one such interlude and a friendly exchange with a sheep shearer happy for a little break from his back breaking work we duly arrived in Pandy Tudur though not before some brave sheep and lambs decided to race us down the steep hill.
Once recovered from racing sheep we set off towards Llangernyw, a very nice walk especially once we joined a path running along side a stream that takes you into Llangernyw.
The rhododendrons, bluebells, large deciduous, giant pines and cascading water complimented with a light breeze was very enjoyable. It was good to see Debbie Barton waiting for us when we arrived in the village. We paid homage to the yew tree in the grounds of St Dygain's Church which is estimated to be 4,500 years old and is recognised as one of the oldest living "things" on the planet.
After we visited the Church Debbie joined us for a quick snack before all setting off for Eglwysbach, after a couple of cheery miles Debbie left us and returned back to her car.
It was beguiling as we began to recognise physical details in the mountains ahead, only yesterday these were purple silhouettes and it felt fantastic that by the end of today we would almost be within them.
The heat and climbs made for a difficult couple of hours but once again the vista gave us much encouragement especially when we could see Eglwysbach and the Conway river and valley and the Snowdonia range providing a perfect backdrop.
We safely negotiated our way down to the village and enjoyed a few minutes rest opposite the post office.
The final stretch today took us through to Tan-y-Cafe. The walk from Eglwysbach providing a great view of where we had been walking earlier and the neat white house's through the valley. Arriving at Tan-y-Cafe sligtly ahead of Bobby who had left an hour earlier to pick us up we walked across the bridge to enjoy the river Conway.
We are both tired today after the early start and a third day of continuous sunshine, however the journey so far has been very rewarding even if a little challenging from time to time, words of encouragement from Diane were very touching and Debbie taking time out to see us was uplifting and we do appreciate the support from so many. It was great yesterday for "official" raised funds to top £2,000 and we do know of approximately £600 of sponsorship has been pledged at Mold Golf Club and The Crown Inn, Pantymwyn so we are getting close to £3,000! Please help to keep the total growing by spreading the news! http://www.northwaleschrysalistrust.org.uk/https://www.facebook.com/pages/North-Wales-Chrysalis-Trust/194819710552647