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heleninwales
A day out in the forest and at the beach
Just a very quick post because my brother came for a short visit I've been out all day showing him the delights of the Coed y Brenin forest and the beach at Harlech.

After a leisurely start, we drove to the car park at Tyddyn Gwladys near the Gwynfynnydd Gold Mine. We had a good walk in the forest, mostly following the river trail, but taking a slight detour first to look at the abandoned gold mine and then up a trail leading to the higher level which gave a good view over the valley. Realising that the path we were following was heading in the wrong direction, we briefly backtracked and then followed the rest of the river trail back to the single track road and hence to the car park.

Yet another umbelliferous flower

We then headed to the mountain bike centre and had soup and bread and cake for lunch in the café before getting back into the car and driving around via Maentwrog to the beach at Harlech. I haven't been there for a year or so and my brother had never been before. For once the weather was perfect, with blue sky and a few fluffy white clouds.

Harlech beach

Well walked, we headed back to my house, picking up easy to cook food en route.

All in all, a very pleasant day and I walked enough to enable me to each cake for lunch and steak pie for dinner without feeling guilty about it. :)

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sartorias From: sartorias Date: August 18th, 2011 02:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, so lovely!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: August 19th, 2011 01:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was an unexpectedly nice day after a run of dismal ones. :)
khiemtran From: khiemtran Date: August 18th, 2011 09:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Great photos! I especially like the beach one.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: August 19th, 2011 01:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. We don't often get to that beach because there are other beaches much nearer, but it's always quieter than Barmouth and it worked well with the visit to the forest.
scallywag195 From: scallywag195 Date: August 18th, 2011 11:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sounds wonderful. I loved hiking in the Coed y Brenin forest. I think I actually did the river walk that you're talking about. Isn't there a nature center near the car park?
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: August 19th, 2011 01:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
The forest is great for walking and cycling. I always like to stop and watch the wood ants busying themselves with their huge nests made out of pine needels.

However, I think you may have visited the old centre. They've actually built a brand new mountain bike centre on the other side of the main road which opened last year. There is now a cafe, toilets, showers and mountain bike washing facilities, along with a shop selling and repairing bikes.

The old centre only had a cafe and a display about the wildlife.
scallywag195 From: scallywag195 Date: August 19th, 2011 05:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
That could be. I was last there in 1998.
endlessrarities From: endlessrarities Date: August 24th, 2011 07:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
That last photo is gorgeous!!
endlessrarities From: endlessrarities Date: August 24th, 2011 07:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
And so's the first one, with all those umbellifers...
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