25th to 28th April 2014
Our second visit to Hendre Mynach, Barmouth, our first visit being around the same time last year. We really are creatures of habit, aren’t we!
A pretty good site, facilities not quite up to CC or C&CC standards, but an excellent choice if you want to visit Barmouth, which is just a short(ish) stroll or cycle ride along the promenade.
It’s a long way to Barmouth from Liverpool, mostly on A roads, so having to go home when we were halfway to the storage site to get forgotten cash cards didn’t help! We got there later than usual, and then it took ages to put the awning up, but we got a good pitch in a nice, quiet part of the site.
A very rare outing for our bikes this weekend, so we were in Barmouth town centre a few minutes after setting everything up. Not sure why we don’t take the bikes away more often…well, it’s a bit of a hassle getting them on, then having to worry about tight turns and nose-weights…!
Our pub of choice for the weekend was The Last Inn, and we had a couple of drinks there followed by fish and chips on the promenade.
Not a particularly good weather forecast, so we shelved the idea of a walk up Rhinog Fawr - supposedly the toughest in Wales! - and went for a stroll in the hills above Barmouth instead, culminating in the “panorama walk”, which we thought sounded nice. It turned out to be a steep walk through trees, although it is possible we missed the best bit due to poor navigation!
No chance of a barbecue this weekend, so we ate in the caravan and then cycled to the Last Inn, stopping on the way to take some picture of the high tide waves.
The pub was very crowded and we couldn’t get a seat, so we sat and shivered outside for one drink. We popped into the co-op on the way back for treats, then headed back to the caravan.
The weather forecast for today…nice in the morning, horrible in the afternoon. It turned out to be pretty accurate.
We cycled along the Mawddach trail to Dolgellau in the morning. We’ve walked and cycled along this trail before and it is one of the best traffic free cycle paths we have ever been on. Easy going and nice scenery. Dolgellau was pretty much shut when we got there, but we managed to get a cup of tea.
Stopped at the George III pub, Penmaenpool, on the way back. This is a really nice pub, one of D’s favourites anywhere, but we have never been able to spend any time there because we have always had to get back somewhere. Same today, so just the one drink.
Got back to Barmouth just as it started to rain, but you can’t come to the seaside and not have an ice cream…
It continued to rained into the night. We drove to the Last Inn and had an excellent dinner…sea bream for D, steak for J…but just the one drink. Had we not been driving we would have stayed all night!
Homeward bound, after a short stroll on the promenade. A long drive, not helped by missing a turn early on and having to backtrack!
Nothing planned…D is struggling to get time off work, and other commitments are making planning difficult!