1st April 2018 (Easter Sunday) – 10.09 miles
We left Criccieth and parked the car bright and early on Black Rock Sands with surprisingly few vehicles already there, apart from a few camper vans that had obviously camped there overnight. The tide was out; it was a clear, sunny day; we had a good walk along the huge beach for over a mile. There was one stream that we had to cross that was a bit wider and deeper than you’d want it to be – we spent a short while looking for the best place to cross.
At the end of the beach, we climbed up to a rocky headland, heading north, following the Afon Glaslyn up the bay towards Porthmadog. It was good to have such a complete change of scenery and view. This part was little rocky inlets, and wooded hills. There were quite a lot of people around, unsurprisingly really, with it being a fine, Easter Sunday, and a popular holiday area.
We headed round the bay of the pretty little village of Borth-y-Gest, and then into Porthmadog itself.
We had lunch on a bench overlooking the harbour, with a view of steam trains in the distance.
After lunch, we had a brief look at the trains (of course), then followed the railway for a along the causeway to the station at Boston Lodge.
Near here, we found a convenient parking spot and decided that this would be a good place to stop. We returned along the foot and cycle path that runs along the inland side of the causeway, with a different view over Glaslyn Marshes, which is a nature reserve and SSSI.
Good job we didn’t cycle it …
We stopped at the station in Porthmadog for coffee and cake, before returning by the Coast Path to Black Rock Sands, which was rather busier than it had been this morning!