23rd July 2016 – 14.4 miles
A nice early morning drive to Conwy. We parked outside town at the Marina. We had walked from the centre of Conwy to here last year as a short afternoon walk. I haven’t written it up, but we did do it! We passed a memorial with the information that some of the D-day Mulberry harbours had been constructed here.
We walked along the beach for the first part of the walk, following the last part of the Conwy estuary, then turning the corner of the coast with Anglesey coming into view.
The next part runs along the busy A55, and while it might not be the most picturesque walking route, it was interesting as we have driven this way so many times. We followed the bike path round the outside of the cliff through which the Penmaenmawr tunnel runs.
At the next tunnel, the footpath is taken between the carriageways on a footbridge, which we had never noticed when driving, up onto the hillside. Here we met many cyclists on a charity ride. I didn’t take a photograph of them and wish I had now.
We entered Llanfairfechan through a rather grim estate, but it eventually turned into a rather pleasant, quiet seaside town. We had lunch in a park shelter (it had turned rather breezy) watching a swan with cygnets on the lake.
The next section was very different, as the road moves inland, and we followed the coast through wetland nature reserves with large flocks of birds on ponds just set back from the shore.
It was satisfying to see that we were making progress. Where Anglesey had been on the horizon this morning, we were now past Puffin Island and opposite Beaumaris. In the distance, we began to see the tower of Penrhyn Castle on the outskirts of Bangor.
The route here moves inland around the grounds of the castle. When we got to the main road, we saw a bus stop and checked the timetable for the next bus back to Conwy – another 20 minutes to wait … and then one zoomed past! We looked after it in surprise and another one appeared. We quickly stuck our hands out and got on! It dropped us off a short distance from the Marina, where we had a pleasant coffee and cake sitting outside.