31st March 2018 – 16.16 miles
Criccieth to Abererch: 9.43; Criccieth to Black Rock Sands: 6.73
Our B&B was right on the sea front at Criccieth, so we were on the Coast Path as soon as we stepped out of the front door. We headed west, just above the beach, looking back frequently at the view of Criccieth and the castle, until we reached the estuary of the Afon Dwyfor. We followed the river inland to the main road, where we made a short detour in to Llanystumdwy to see Lloyd George’s grave. I was rather glad we had gone as it is quite an impressive site and view.
We then had to walk alongside the main road for a good couple of miles – not too bad, but not terribly interesting, although we did get to see plenty of bus stops which showed a regular service back to Criccieth. A pleasant country lane took us under the railway, past lots of rubbish and back to the coast near the Haven caravan site, which we think must have been the old Butlins. This part, unsurprisingly, had quite a few people around, but within 15 minutes or so, it went quiet again. The headland had a trig point and this structure on it, then we turned the corner to walk along the long stretch of beach which goes all the way to Pwllhelli.
We headed back up to the station where we saw that the next train was due in less than 10 minutes, so we stopped here to catch it back to Criccieth.
We had a short break in our room in Criccieth, left some things behind, and headed out for part 2 of the walk, stopping first for an ice-cream at Cadwallader’s. The path ran slightly inland, alongside the railway. Part of it next to a pool was badly flooded and a bit tricky to get past. We could see people over to our right, obviously walking along the beach, so why the Coast Path comes here, I don’t know! Presumably it isn’t actually a right of way.
The path then took us inland, up and around the headland of Graig Ddu, then down a road to Black Rock Sands. This is well known as a huge expanse of beach where you can park.
We walked up to the access road where we would come in tomorrow, then returned to Criccieth. It did look as if you could have walked on the beach around the headland as the tide was out – and in fact, I am pretty sure now that you can – but we decided to play safe and head back around the hill, but we walked along the beach on the far side into Criccieth.