Episode 124 – Four day, 50 mile walk, along the Wales Coast Path with Nanny, Mark and Justina. Nant y big to Llanbedr Railway Station on the Porthmadog to Barmouth line. 4,166 miles walking around England and Wales. Under 200 miles to go in Wales…. COYS! oops – sorry!

Photo of The Walk – Wales Coast Path after Boston Lodge Halt Ffestiniog Railway



Painting of the Walk – The Wales Coast Path nearby Boston Lodge heading for Portmeirion , by Artist in Residence (Porthmadog), Mark Buckingham  4BFD92B9-7779-48C4-8D0E-F162A81241D0.jpeg

See more of Mark’s work- click on the link



PROGRESS The crimson worm maps..

….but first introducing our photography and painting guests;


At Glastraeth, Justina and bipod facing Portmeirion……08F2B51C-E1BD-4BD2-A585-8EDE7C6965C3

0AB22EE2-485F-4C05-BD1E-4EC37F9A733B….while Mark and tripod paint the town red at….- Portmeirion  – photos taken simultaneously on either side of  Afon  Dwyryd on the final day. Spooky!


And now – Extract of progress map below- by courtesy of Ordnance Survey, showing my route on the Wales Coast Path. Walking 50 miles this trip, with Mark Justina and Nanny all contributing PBs.

I have now completed the Llyn Peninsular and temporarily fetched up just South of Porthmadog in the north and remain stranded slightly short of St David’s in the south. That effectively leaves the whole of Cardigan Bay to finish plus a bit. More accurately 192.25 miles!

Before the end of July!

All welcome to join in either 192 miles or 0.25 miles or see you in Aberystwyth? Mark and Justina did and survived – they Jjust about made their Mmark…




Just in case you didn’t notice, Spurs wiped the floor with Ajax last night and as a result will be appearing in the European Cup Final (to give it its old name) against Liverpool, on June 1st in Spain. All walking traffic will be diverted via Madrid or maybe White Hart Lane (tgiion) at this time.COYS!



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

Well done on your hatrick Lucas; your mock report Rosie, your solo Lauren, your rugby tour Stan, your swing ball Jake, your show Rowan and your 5th birthday Maisie!

It’s all go!

Nanny and Bobl drove Nobby to the Lleyn Peninsular last week and resumed walking the Wales Coast Path from Nant y big heading for Abersoch. The weather was perfect for walking. Our immediate target was to meet up with Mark and Justina, who wanted to join in this stretch of the Walk around Porthmadog, where we were all billeted at Sue and Ian’s for the duration. This time Nanny and Bobl not only had the superior accommodation but relative company and endless gossip and catching up with family….

In between I managed to  add 50 miles to the WCP walking tally over four days . Surprising, considering we stopped at every coffee shop and ice cream outlet plus less formal refreshment breaks supplied by Nanny and Nobby at regular intervals

When we were walking, keeping  to the Wales Coast Path took us through the following photos…..

Day one Friday Nanny drops Bobl at Nant y big on the Wales Coast Path.EF7367D4-F5DB-434D-844D-B092E5598AA7.jpeg



In the round or all square.What’s the point? Trywyn  yr Wylfa!B8FCBCCD-B19C-456B-94E3-E26358E24858

The St Tudwalds Islands8D27BB58-3ED4-414A-A9FC-B48DE516D956



D13C35EB-D06D-40D9-9DED-9AB792C0D7B6Above – the old lifeboat house near Machroes privately owned but still eligible for the collection.


C8931947-43E6-4AED-A8F6-3CCFD58B44E0Borth Fawr



The newer lifeboat station at Abersoch



The sands at the Warren, Abersoch.



Below – looking down, and back, from, and at, the Tin Man overlooking Llanbedrog



Here he is!




I was under instruction not to walk the shoreline with the danger of erosion and being cut off by the tide. But the cliff top wasn’t exactly a stroll in the park either!



Late afternoon approaching Pwllheli city limits, I became aware I had company in the shape of a very dark cloud. Time to call it quits – here Endeth day one – off to have fish and chips in Pwllheli and then greet M&J in Porthmadog.

Day two Saturday – met and gret Mark and Justina. Mark is local knowledge monitor and Justina photo monitor. Nanny is in charge of Nobby and food. I’m just going along for the ride and the weather which has been well behaved so far. My photos finish this blog . I’m afraid the disparity in quality between mine and  Justina’s is all too obvious so will award her a separate blog Episode 125

To continue; new arrivals Mark and Justina starting off from Pwllheli beach looks like we photoshopped that sky.B095AAF7-053A-411E-AB77-8DD79E6A7FE1.jpeg


A slight deviation from the WCP to take in Pwllheli RNLI Lifeboat Station in the marina, but it was closed.



The photo editor is playing up!

I had been berating the surrounding Snowdonia mountain profiles constantly on the horizons for not having labels. The aspects and orientations are constantly changing and I always lose track.

Now this chart below should help especially as we had a clear day25420B7D-A0C9-4BED-99EF-18CDA2359EFF


Now all we needed was s comfortable seat and coffee and ice cream which we found plentifully in this newly landed space craft with idyllic views of Snowdonia




Several miles along the beach and in and out of the sand dunes round the point at Pen-y-chain to our rendezvous at Afon Wen and back again walking the roads to Llanydtumdwy where we found Afon Dwyfor and the beach again

Eventually the city dwellers got tired and demanded a lift to the nearest coffee ice cream outlet at Criccieth. It was past the castle and at Dylan’s that a rebellion occurred and the day’s walk was over. I just sneaked in another lifeboat station at Criccieth




Day two finish was celebrated at Spooners in the Harbour  Station Porthmadog alongside the Ffestiniog Railway


Day three started at Dylan’s and headed past Criccieth Castle looking for Porthmadog




We walked along Black Rock Sands with a rendezvous in Borth y Gest and sneaked a lunch at the Harbour Station after which I was the last Walker standing heading along the not so picturesque A497 passing  Portmeirion And Minffordd . Just prior to this MArk gave me directions to the scene of his latest painting creation nearby Boston Lodge Hall. As soon as I arrived I recognised the site and include my own photo for comparison.D958CC5C-C42D-4461-8ECE-1182D2330B07

I visited the back entrance to Portmeirion and after trouble finding the right road out, I followed the railway to Penrhyndeudraeth and finally for day three stopping at Llandetwyn STation.


Day four was more of the same. I suppose I was feeling a tad weary as I followed the meandering level route alongside the road, railway and marshland to Morfa Harlech and Harlech and one final torturous climb from the beach to Llanfair.

By the time I got to the station at Talwryn-Bach I was done for.


The steps to Llanfair are hidden well in that bank on the left below. After four days of walking nearly 50 miles it’s not fair making me climb that!


I can see my final photos for the last day/s are getting scrambled and problems with editing are not helping. I think it’s fatigue and I won’t have the energy to put it right till….. don’t know when?

Anyway the next blog will feature Justina’s take on the walk from Pwllheli to    Harlech.

Anyway this was definitely the final railway station below, maybe next time I’ll get the train to here to resume the tour?

A3304E97-262E-4A2F-95D1-C862DF4E66E5.jpeg  The final station before going home – Talwryn-bach Llanbedr

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