Friday, 1 June 2012

Day 7 and still rolling along

A good day clocking up nearly 20 miles

After a very good meal, nights sleep and breakfast at the Royal Sportsman Hotel, Porthmadog Bobby and Helen returned us to Trefor so we could start our travels down the Llyn towards Aberdaron hoping to leave ourselves 7 or 8 miles for Saturday morning as the ferry to Bardsey Island will leave at 11.30am.

The climb from Trefor is on a par with that to Llangelynnin Church and we were soon stopping to take in the increasing vista regularly as we gained height. Just when we were wondering if we may have bitten off more than we could chew we received a text from Debbie saying there had been an anonymous donation on the Just Giving page saying “thank you from a grateful family” the timing and content was a fantastic boost.  

As the sun burned away the mist the views became more stunning.

We eventually made it past the quarry having climbed the best part of 1,500ft and began to descend towards Nefyn as soon as the view was in front of us the mist rolled in bringing it’s strange and unique smell and of course heightening a sense of isolation. We were fortunate to engage wit a family based in Lancashire and Nottinghamshire who had enjoyed a weeks walking in North Wales as they generously  gave to the collecting tin.

As we continued through the moors towards Nefyn the mist lifted and the temperature rose catching us by surprise as the forecast was for a grey & misty day.

We eventually met with Bobby and Helen at Pistyll where we enjoyed a good picnic of locally sourced produce adjacent to St Bueno’s Church, a delightful ancient and simple building oozing character and meaning. Well refreshed with sustenance and wishes Bobby and Helen left us to continue.

We built up a good rhythm for the next four hours and ended up just below Penllech leaving 7 miles for tomorrow morning. On being picked up Dave suggested we drove into Aberdaron to check out exactly where the ferry operated from, good job he did so as it is a good 25/30 minutes from the centre at Porth Meudwy. At low tide this can be reached along the beach but at high tide it’s probably best to allow at least an additional 30 minutes to ensure you “don’t miss the boat”!

Debbie and Jessica will be joining, Cathy, Helen, Dave and myself to Bardsey Island. Rhys and Angela hope to be waiting for us when we disembark back in Porth Meudwy. More are welcome as it will be great to say thanks to as many people as possible for their kindness and support.    

Over the past few weeks referrals to Chrysalis has increased with our service being requested across all of North Wales. We would prefer that there will be no need for us as our service and expertise is only called upon at sad times for families. It is imperative we have the core recourses to meet the needs of families and so as trustees we do appreciate your support to date as do everyone involved with the charity.

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