Wales Coast Path: Towyn to Penllech

Friday, 15th August, 2014 – 7 miles

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Llyn Coast

We had stayed overnight at Bryn Gwynant Youth Hostel – as pretty much the nearest hostel to the Llyn Peninsula, then driven down to Towyn (via Tesco in Porthmadog to get suncream … which we would definitely have needed if we hadn’t bought it!). We parked at a farm/campsite/caravan site and even put something in the honesty box. This was a little way north of where we had turned round last time, so we initially covered about a mile that we had already done. However, it was a convenient spot!

We headed for a building on the headland which we had seen as a landmark on our previous visit. It was the gable end of a building, with some other small buildings (fisherman’s huts?) lower down, in the shelter of the cliff face. WCPSlightly further on was a launching place for fishermen (Porth Ysglaig), where there were several cars and vans parked, and a family who had been kayaking drying off and warming up. There was also a brick lined pit, which I assume had something to do with fishing, but I have not managed to find out anything so far (I wonder if the guide book to the Coast Path has interesting snippets like that?).

Cormorants

Cormorants

At the next bay, Porth Gwylan, we were a little disconcerted to see a fully-clothed man standing thigh deep in the water. We wondered if we ought to be concerned for him, but then noticed he was photographing a seal, bobbing in the water a few yards away! We stayed and watched, taking a few photographs as well!

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Porth Gwylan

WCP-3We had lunch in a small bay, watching birds who were well camouflaged among the pebbles. We also found this happy pebble …

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Happy pebble

We then reached the wide, sandy bay of Penllech. It was a sunny day, but with a cool wind. There were quite a lot of people and families on the beach. We were rather confused here over the route as it very definitely led us on to the beach, although the OS map shows it as above the high water mark and off the sand. We came to a set of rocks, where the tide was occasionally lapping in. There didn’t seem to be anything for it but take our shoes off, wait for a wave to be out and go for it! Once we got round, we realised it wasn’t nearly as wet as we had expected and you headed away from the water just round the first small outcrop.

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An unexpected paddle

We then followed the path inland to a car park which made for a convenient stopping point. However, there should be a path heading along the coast, which we didn’t see! We didn’t walk as far today as we might have as we were heading to Prestatyn to spend a weekend with the extended family. WCP-11

The wind dropped as soon as we were slightly inland. We walked back along deserted lanes, seeing hardly any traffic, apart from a quad bike and a herd of cows crossing the road, then treated ourselves to an ice cream at the caravan site/car park.

WCP Towyn to Penllech

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