Episode 120 – Passed milestone 4,000 in 327 days with a 27 mile walk on The Wales Coast Path from Foryd Bay to Trefor in unseasonal sunshine.

Progress Map above by Courtesy of Ordnance Survey, showing my latest North Wales Coast Path walk reaching Trefor in the shelter of Gyrn Ddu (522) and Yr Eifl (564). The South Wales Coast Path Walk remains static by St Ishmael at Milford Haven.

Progress round Britain Map above, also by courtesy of Ordnance Survey. Sorry about the strange weather, but we have been experiencing some unseasonal temperatures lately. Summer has come early….

Dear Rosie, Lauren, Stan, Jake, Rowan and Maisie,

We have entered the birthday season with Lauren’s twelfth and Stan’s eighth just passed, and awaiting Jake’s seventh shortly. Happy Birthdays all three. Suitable celebrations were and will be had. Then Rowan, Maisie and Rosie follow at monthly intervals. Grown ups don’t count. I stopped at fifty.

Normally I would be settling down, almost hibernating and not thinking of walking so much in the winter, but suddenly the weather changed with threats of 18/19 degrees temperatures. On hearing this I rapidly mobilised and headed for Caernarfon looking for an unseasonally open campsite.

Until the artic ahead of me deposited its toilet block all over the road…

…….. at Llanbrynmair. I was blocked for nearly an hour but eventually got going through the motions and was relieved to pass.

Helped by Nanny, I eventually contacted Parsal Farm Campsite which opened for me near Trefor, very conveniently placed for the North Wales Coast Path.

The Proprietor, Arthur Jones was very welcoming and helpful and I soon had the tent pitched before midday and stuffed with duvets ready for low night time temperatures following the forecast day time heat wave.

The tent pitched at Parsal Farm; proprietor Arthur Jones – only one occupant -me! It’s only 11-00am – almost a full day’s walking ahead – in a February heatwave!

I had two full days to extend the walk southwestwards along the LLEYN Peninsular, what could go wrong!?

Leaving Parsal Camp – early morning start
Sunshine at Saron Foryd Bay – I’m heading for the Caernarfon Airport
Also looking….This enormous four engine military transport aircraft came down and had a good look at the airport and me and then rapidly took off. Either the size of the runway – tiny – or me – had put the frighteners on it. Howabout that for a February sky?

Not exactly Heathrow is it?

Afron Gwyrfal drains into Foryd Bay – the flat marshes contrast dramatically with the surrounding peaks.
I think you have got the picture! I was glad not to be climbing any of those!
RAF Museum….
…………at Caernarfon Airport

It did rain for two hours at Dinas Dinlle and with no shelter in sight I got a soaking, but it cleared up and I dried out and returned to a damp tent for the night.

The WCP route between Dinnas Dinlle and Trefor is unrelenting well trafficked A499, although looking to the horizon there is always the constantly changing profile of the many peaks to take your mind off the speeding vehicles .



My final assault this trip was to commence the scaling of Yr Eifl, I managed the foothills and circumnavigated Trefor but the real impact heading for Nefyn is yet to come. Fortunately I don’t have to climb the full 564 metres as The Llyn Coast Path bypasses the summit, but it’s still pretty steep.

The final pictures show my tour of Trefor

Trefor Harbour above and below
Trefor Pier
Yr Eifl Quarry
The end of the line this trip, where the Wales Coast Path departs from Trefor and my starting point next time out. The bridge supports the track for the Granite’s journey from quarry to harbour fortunately no longer in use

Twenty seven miles walked this time in two days. Grand Total 4,024 miles. I have added up the remaining distances to complete the Wales Coast Path and it totals 310 miles. We all know this is a minimum since nothing is allowed for getting lost, circuitous walks and getting to and from places without transport. The mileages I tally up include all those things, so don’t take my figures as any meaningful distance round Britain’s coastline.

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