4th August 2017 – 11.8 miles
I’m not really sure why we haven’t done much of our longer walks in spring or early summer, but here we are again. The forecast looked better today than it has been for a while, and Friday is a better day than Saturday to drive into North Wales in August!
We found a parking place in a semi-residential area above the suspension bridge, then walked down to the bridge, only to find there were several convenient places we could have parked down there!
We soon came across a Botanic Garden. The path lead along the coast, through the trees, including this impressive Lucombe Oak.
It was a very pleasant walk, with glimpses of the Menai Strait and the Britannia Bridge, though it was obscured by trees preventing a good photograph. Just past the Britannia Bridge, we found this section which we later learned is a section of the old bridge which was damaged by fire in the 70s.
The next section was through National Trust woodland in Glan Faenol, where we came across this impressive (and slightly spooky) mausoleum.
Leaving the woods, we had lunch in a field with views across the Menai Strait to Plas Newydd on Anglesey.
The route then took us inland along an A-road. There were few waymarks here so it was good to find some at the junction taking us onto a cycle path. We walked this section with a local lady. She told us how she had joined Slimming World and begun to walk every day. She has since lost 5 stone and stopped taking tablets for various medical conditions. She took a fork in the path to head down towards the coast and return to Bangor while we carried straight on. We later found we should have followed her, but we walked along the main road in Y Felinheli until we met up again with the path.
From here, the Wales Coast Path and the cycle path are part of the Lôn Las Menai which is easy to follow, although a few Coast Path waymarkers would be nice. It was pleasant and easy walking, although again trees prevented us from getting a clear view of the sea.
We followed the path into Caernarfon and round to the far side of the castle.
We crossed the river, so we can park there to begin the next leg of the walk, then took the bus back to Bangor, very close to where we had parked.