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Author: themapeditor
Date: 7 Dec 2012 6:20:31 PM
Source: GPX file
Activity: Backpacking
State: United Kingdom (GBR)
Distance: 99.71 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 17510 ft
Total Loss: 17516 ft
Net Change: -7 ft
Difficulty: 5 / 10
Tags: Cardigan, United Kingdom
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

Aberystwyth to Porthmadog

Day 1: From the boardwalk in the town of Aberystwyth, hike 17 miles to Morben Isaf Touring Park (morbenisaf.co.uk/default.aspx) near Dovey Junction (a one-mile detour).

Day 2: 16 miles to Aberdovey (Awel y mor B&B; awelymor-aberdovey.co.uk/).

Day 3: 16 miles to Cae Du Camping Park (.3 mile off the trail; 01654 711234).

Day 4: 13 miles to Coast Caravan and Camping (hendremynach.co.uk/) or a guesthouse in Barmouth.

Day 5: 11 miles to Shell Island Camping Park (shellisland.co.uk/).

Day 6: 15 miles to Barcdy Camping Park (barcdy.co.uk/) near Llandecwyn.

Day 7: 13 miles to Porthmadog.

WALES COAST PATH TRIP PLANNER

GET THERE Fly to Manchester, England. All trail towns are accessible via rail and bus: traveline-cymru.org.uk.

SEASON Spring through fall. Summer is best; pack for rain and cold anytime.

WHERE TO STAY Save money by camping at near-trail caravan parks (first-come, first-serve; about $15-$20/night). Hostels and B&Bs let you go lighter and offer a respite if bad weather sets in ($70/night and up, reserve three months in advance for July and August). Expect to pay cash at most places. Favorite stops: Hamilton Lodge in Fishguard (hamiltonbackpackers.co.uk/); Cae Du (.3 mile off the trail near Rhoslefain; 01654 711234); Pwll Deri (on trail just south of Strumble Head Lighthouse; http://www.yha.org.uk/hostel/pwll-deri). Note: Youth Hostel Association lodges have a 3-for-4 WCP deal—stay three nights and get the fourth night free.

MAPS AND GUIDES WCP maps 41-54 for Aberystwyth to Porthmadog; maps 62-73 for St. Dogmaels to Dale (free; walescoastpath.gov.uk). One (Isle of Anglesey) of six official WCP Guidebooks is available (northerneyebooks.com); Pembrokeshire Coast Path—Trail Guide by Brian John ($20; aurumpress.co.uk).

BEST PUBS Aberystwyth’s Scholars Pub (trip 1, day 1); Trefin’s Ship Inn (trip 2, day 3); Porthgain’s The Sloop Inn (trip 2, day 4)

INFO walescoastpath.gov.uk

Mapped by Barney Mann

Position Format: Datum:
Tracks

WCP_AB_PG_01

Distance: 99.71 mi Points: 9042
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Wales Coastal Path: Aberystwyth to Porthmadog

Points of Interest

001

Location: 52.413744, -4.089836
30-JUN-12 9:42:27AM: Start at the Castle ruins on bluff in Aberystwyth.

002

Location: 52.424950, -4.082567
30-JUN-12 10:15:49AM Top of Constitution Hill. The world's largest Camera Obscura is located here. Check open times.

003

Location: 52.439677, -4.080968
30-JUN-12 10:58:13AM First gate.

004

Location: 52.490025, -4.051397
30-JUN-12 1:06:35PM Leave Borth to head inland. Near train station.

005

Location: 52.489734, -4.049654
30-JUN-12 1:12:25PM Cross railroad tracks.

006

Location: 52.488323, -4.039121
30-JUN-12 1:30:36PM: Bridal trail junction. A hundred feet later is the first climbing stile.

007

Location: 52.487803, -4.033139
30-JUN-12 1:44:18PM Bridge with gates at each end.

008

Location: 52.489993, -4.021254
30-JUN-12 2:22:42PM First place, of many, where I lost the trail. This 100 miles is made up of much new trail, with some interspersed older trail sections. On new trail, a few times each day, the printed WCP map wouldn't be clear enough there wouldn't be a WCP sign/symbol where you needed one, or both, and I'd realize a 100 yards, a third of a mile later, I was not longer on the WPC. Here I went straight east and then north along the next fence line before returning. Also here was the start of an emergency alternate route. I didn't see a laminated alternate route map. So I continued ahead and swam a canal at the next waypoint.

009

Location: 52.491997, -4.023173
30-JUN-12 2:23:21PM I swam a canal here. There is a perfectly good bridge entirely on dry land on the other side. the bridge has a WPC symbol on it. There was severe flooding in this salt marsh two weeks beforehand.

010

Location: 52.496160, -4.000568
The temporary emergency closure section ended here and the alternate WCP re-joined. A laminated alternate route map hung on a post here.

011

Location: 52.504669, -3.980943
30-JUN-12 3:56:43PM Right turn

012

Location: 52.504138, -3.979636
30-JUN-12 3:59:17PM Nicely signed left turn.

013

Location: 52.504359, -3.978785
30-JUN-12 4:01:37PM Turn left onto main highway.

013a

Location: 52.513107, -3.975327
I missed this right turn off the road onto the WCP. So I roadwalked for a mile (dangerous) before taking a dirt road south and (luckily) hitting the WCP at Waypoint 14.

014

Location: 52.525925, -3.961862
30-JUN-12 4:45:29PM Crosses a gravel road.

015

Location: 52.526024, -3.955020
30-JUN-12 4:58:25PM Gate and small creek.

016

Location: 52.526877, -3.952748
30-JUN-12 5:02:22PM Gate, bridge and creek.

017

Location: 52.528925, -3.949855
30-JUN-12 5:08:02PM Three gates, two bridges and cross jeep track.

018

Location: 52.528984, -3.946858
30-JUN-12 5:17:51PM Gate and bridge.

019

Location: 52.530079, -3.945112
30-JUN-12 5:26:59PM Do not go through older, unlabeled gate in stone wall. Hike up along stone wall to lettuce field to find next WCP medallion.

019a

Location: 52.529897, -3.946404
Do not go through old, unlabeled fence here. Stay on this side of stone fence to 20 where there is a WCP medallion.

020

Location: 52.533011, -3.941425
30-JUN-12 5:37:04PM Gate, turn left onto narrow dirt road.

021

Location: 52.535118, -3.935513
30-JUN-12 5:45:43PM Fifty yards on and then off a paved road.

022

Location: 52.535089, -3.931419
30-JUN-12 5:57:01PM Big bridge over 20-foot wide stream.

023

Location: 52.536364, -3.933284
30-JUN-12 6:03:47PM Leave paved road.

027

Location: 52.544828, -3.930498
30-JUN-12 7:16:16PM Trail junction. Not signed.

028

Location: 52.547810, -3.928513
30-JUN-12 7:23:14PM Gate. Drop onto paved road.

029

Location: 52.550137, -3.911558
30-JUN-12 7:50:12PM Leave two-track toad. Hard left. Nice sign.

030

Location: 52.559733, -3.905961
30-JUN-12 8:22:38PM Left onto paved road.

031

Location: 52.560110, -3.909684
30-JUN-12 8:27:02PM Hard right turn. One paved road onto another.

032

Location: 52.560838, -3.906151
30-JUN-12 8:31:07PM Brick bridge. Paved.

033

Location: 52.569940, -3.911628
01-JUL-12 6:09:51AM Morben Isaf Caravan Park. We tent camped here. 15 pounds for two. A mile off the trail.

034

Location: 52.561619, -3.904793
01-JUL-12 6:45:27AM Junction where we left the trail for Morben Isaf Caravan Park and camping.

035

Location: 52.560654, -3.896859
01-JUL-12 7:00:12AM Gate. Waterfall to left. Beautiful valley with clear pools for skinny dipping (if only the sun was out and it was noon not early morning).

036

Location: 52.562158, -3.874185
01-JUL-12 7:28:24AM Gate at end of valley.

037

Location: 52.565160, -3.871568
01-JUL-12 7:38:15AM Gate. Trail junction, keep right.

039

Location: 52.570345, -3.866656
01-JUL-12 7:51:18AM Join paved road.

040

Location: 52.576027, -3.865345
01-JUL-12 8:01:27AM Sharp right turn onto smaller paved road.

041

Location: 52.575285, -3.863195
01-JUL-12 8:07:07AM Turn right into open field with no clear path. We went too far to our left up near back of hose, but the WCP-baleled gate is at 42.

042

Location: 52.575707, -3.861680
01-JUL-12 8:21:38AM Stile. Turn left onto road.

043

Location: 52.583422, -3.861038
01-JUL-12 8:40:37AM Leave paved road. Right onto dirt track. Wonderful view of Machynlleth.

044

Location: 52.587152, -3.856405
01-JUL-12 8:53:56AM Join main road into Machynlleth. From 43 to 44 on an older trail.

045

Location: 52.590613, -3.853308
01-JUL-12 10:07:06AM Clock tower in Machynlleth.

046

Location: 52.600769, -3.855884
01-JUL-12 10:25:37AM Cross highway bridge and turn left. The WCP medallion on the non-street side of the bridge wall. How would you ever see it.

047

Location: 52.600296, -3.859829
01-JUL-12 10:30:15AM Right turn off highway onto smaller paved track uphill.

048

Location: 52.604007, -3.868081
01-JUL-12 10:47:55AM Hard left turn from paved track through gate onto dirt path.

049

Location: 52.604254, -3.874489
01-JUL-12 11:13:41AM Path hard to follow last few hundred yards. Back on WCP here.

050

Location: 52.605059, -3.877025
01-JUL-12 11:21:08AM Climbing stile, trail junction, go straight, not left or right. Up at 830 feet elevation.

051

Location: 52.605853, -3.880065
01-JUL-12 11:29:31AM Left turn onto gravel road.

052

Location: 52.603572, -3.885014
01-JUL-12 11:38:16AM Dirt road splits. Go straight, downhill. Here is where I saw my shadow for the first time today after much rain.

053

Location: 52.598361, -3.907735
01-JUL-12 12:16:40PM Junction with dirt road. Go straight.

054

Location: 52.595348, -3.915181
01-JUL-12 12:29:49PM Road junction. Begin paved road.

055

Location: 52.590059, -3.919270
01-JUL-12 12:37:58PM Raod junction. Turn left.

056

Location: 52.585902, -3.921632
01-JUL-12 12:46:26PM Right onto main highway. Cross bridge over river n Pennal.

057

Location: 52.585543, -3.923704
01-JUL-12 12:54:12PM Left off highway. Be careful, do not take first "walker" sign. Fifty yards farther is the WCP is the WCP sign.

058

Location: 52.581238, -3.926754
01-JUL-12 1:17:56PM Right turn.

58a

Location: 52.579448, -3.929707
ACTIVE LOG125209 Enter woods on path even though there is no WCP sign or medallion.

059

Location: 52.578920, -3.929740
01-JUL-12 1:43:14PM Next WCP sign.

060

Location: 52.578185, -3.931646
01-JUL-12 1:47:31PM Trail junction.

061

Location: 52.577946, -3.932017
01-JUL-12 1:48:40PM Gate. Leave wood for meadow.

062

Location: 52.574665, -3.937858
01-JUL-12 1:59:44PM Gate after crossing vivid green pasture with no trail.

063

Location: 52.577888, -3.939485
01-JUL-12 2:06:45PM Hard left, 180 degrees, onto gravel road, then a hundred feet to a gate and turn right.

064

Location: 52.576501, -3.948280
01-JUL-12 2:19:17PM Cross main highway.

065

Location: 52.570920, -3.964153
01-JUL-12 2:43:06PM A "Y" junction. Go left.

066

Location: 52.561106, -4.021797
01-JUL-12 3:56:47PM The "Panorama Walk" path just goes n and on with views. Spectacular. And mostly not raining.

067

Location: 52.556633, -4.035720
01-JUL-12 4:22:22PM Big left turn to start descent into Aberdovey.

068

Location: 52.554319, -4.033641
01-JUL-12 4:27:53PM Leave road, go through gate on left.

069

Location: 52.552312, -4.037195
01-JUL-12 4:37:27PM Two stiles, small bridge and gate.

070

Location: 52.546946, -4.040111
01-JUL-12 4:51:48PM Left at stile.

071

Location: 52.544932, -4.041021
01-JUL-12 5:00:09PM Right turn onto Aberdovey street. From here there are a number of ways down onto Aberdovey seaside.

072

Location: 52.543907, -4.048275
01-JUL-12 5:11:30PM One of many B&Bs to stay at in Aberdovey.

073

Location: 52.543587, -4.045866
02-JUL-12 8:50:31AM Start of beach walk at gate.

074

Location: 52.546782, -4.072888
02-JUL-12 9:27:13AM Old cement bunker with first beach WCP medallion.

075

Location: 52.571840, -4.091254
02-JUL-12 10:20:05AM WCP medallions on post n beach.

076

Location: 52.580453, -4.098016
02-JUL-12 10:38:48AM Start of Tywyn. Leave trail here to take road to visit Thomas the Tank Engine's friends at narrow gauge railroad. ONe mile. True.

077

Location: 52.583671, -4.088779
02-JUL-12 10:59:03AM Tallyllyn Train Station. Rev. Awdry based some of his "Thomas the Tank Engine books on this station and on these engines.

078

Location: 52.588649, -4.104255
02-JUL-12 11:54:07AM Leave beach.

079

Location: 52.589159, -4.100825
02-JUL-12 11:57:59AM Cross railroad tracks and turn left.

080

Location: 52.592109, -4.105777
02-JUL-12 12:04:16PM Right turn.

081

Location: 52.592582, -4.103858
02-JUL-12 12:06:29PM Left turn.

082

Location: 52.596579, -4.105497
02-JUL-12 12:11:48PM Cross bridge.

083

Location: 52.600157, -4.096679
02-JUL-12 12:32:31PM Between 82 and 83 the trail was hard to follow. This line approximates the right path. I didn't find it and stomped through salt march.

084

Location: 52.600479, -4.090623
02-JUL-12 12:41:40PM Left turn.

085

Location: 52.610312, -4.072214
02-JUL-12 1:15:46PM Right turn.

086

Location: 52.609775, -4.055937
02-JUL-12 1:35:43PM Hard left turn.

087

Location: 52.613784, -4.068355
02-JUL-12 2:00:05PM Leave highway and cross foot bridge.

088

Location: 52.611849, -4.095583
02-JUL-12 2:41:14PM Left turn from one single lane paved road to another.

089

Location: 52.608281, -4.112719
02-JUL-12 3:04:53PM Enter quarry and proceed uphill.

090

Location: 52.609926, -4.112045
02-JUL-12 3:10:09PM Left turn. Not marked, but correct.

091

Location: 52.611058, -4.112513
02-JUL-12 3:15:06PM Gate onto new cut trail. Vegetation is trying to reassert ownership.

092

Location: 52.615125, -4.111128
02-JUL-12 3:29:08PM Walk along stone wall above pasture.

093

Location: 52.619634, -4.108452
02-JUL-12 3:44:20PM High point of stone wall walk.

094

Location: 52.623621, -4.111312
02-JUL-12 3:53:55PM Two gates. Walk through front yard of old stone house.

095

Location: 52.628018, -4.109268
02-JUL-12 4:08:44PM Left turn. Leave short stretch of paved road.

096

Location: 52.632058, -4.109291
02-JUL-12 4:22:40PM Gate after open pasture.

097

Location: 52.633365, -4.108606
02-JUL-12 4:27:17PM Cross highway onto smaller road across street. Cae Du seaside caravan park and camping is .5 miles to west.

098

Location: 52.632643, -4.118253
02-JUL-12 6:40:35PM Cae Du seaside Caravan park and Tenting. Small sign on main road. KNock on door farm house to pay. Great site.

100

Location: 52.633657, -4.106954
03-JUL-12 6:04:53AM Right turn onto small dirt road.

101

Location: 52.634579, -4.101249
03-JUL-12 6:19:05AM Left turn onto small paved road.

102

Location: 52.640563, -4.100875
03-JUL-12 6:31:26AM Gate, stile, cattle grid onto dirt pasture.

103

Location: 52.644752, -4.101610
03-JUL-12 6:46:23AM Tall stile over stone fence. Bay is visible to north.

104

Location: 52.649809, -4.100653
03-JUL-12 7:02:59AM Gate after series of gates through pastures. Wonderful views. Rainbow this morning.

104a

Location: 52.651656, -4.101527
Make a hard right and stay along fence line, not a soft right and go through pasture as we did here. We re-joined WCP at 105.

105

Location: 52.652689, -4.098789
03-JUL-12 7:20:08AM Last gate make a hard right along fence, not a soft right into pasture. After climbing stone wall we are back on WCP here.

106

Location: 52.653471, -4.096902
03-JUL-12 7:31:22AM Gap in stone fence with no WCP marking.

107

Location: 52.654689, -4.094764
03-JUL-12 7:37:57AM STile over fence down to stream.

108

Location: 52.655591, -4.094736
03-JUL-12 7:43:35AM High metal sign on metal post. Stile and then down to road.

109

Location: 52.654221, -4.091556
03-JUL-12 7:52:18AM Leave small paved road. Left over stile.

110

Location: 52.655641, -4.086321
03-JUL-12 8:04:08AM Cattle guard.

111

Location: 52.657223, -4.082476
03-JUL-12 8:09:42AM Two cattle guards. Left onto larger road.

112

Location: 52.664045, -4.085153
03-JUL-12 8:30:29AM Pass old stone chruch. turn left onto main road. Llwyngwrill.

113

Location: 52.665738, -4.083902
03-JUL-12 9:02:34AM The right turn in LLwyngwril is much sooner than expected.

114

Location: 52.674403, -4.070481
03-JUL-12 9:30:41AM Side path on right to "standing stones."

115

Location: 52.681574, -4.046739
03-JUL-12 10:08:10AM Neolithic standing stones on left.

116

Location: 52.689160, -4.026386
03-JUL-12 10:32:13AM Left turn onto dirt track.

117

Location: 52.690084, -4.034660
03-JUL-12 10:47:38AM Stream, ford.

118

Location: 52.689734, -4.037731
03-JUL-12 10:51:42AM Stile

119

Location: 52.692841, -4.042655
03-JUL-12 11:21:48AM WCP goes past front door of house. WCP medallion is on the gate a few feet from front door. Go through gate. I left in my quarter-mile mistaken downhill trek down road. This sort of thing happened a few times every day. The GPS track is cleaned up except for this and a few others left as examples.

120

Location: 52.694364, -4.044918
03-JUL-12 11:29:39AM Junction with road on outskirts of Fairbourne.

121

Location: 52.695260, -4.048641
03-JUL-12 11:34:57AM Ynys Faig Farm with "friendly camping" sites right along the WCP.

122

Location: 52.695948, -4.050717
03-JUL-12 11:38:42AM Train station, fish & chips.

123

Location: 52.704871, -4.057816
03-JUL-12 12:20:05PM Turn right past golf course.

124

Location: 52.708579, -4.031686
03-JUL-12 12:47:29PM Leave long causeway at railroad tracks and a hundred feet down cross tracks.

125

Location: 52.714295, -4.038172
03-JUL-12 12:59:33PM Start across Barmouth Railroad bridge. Toll is 90 pence for walkers. No one was there to collect. The sign at other end said on holiday and no toll.

126

Location: 52.719911, -4.051088
03-JUL-12 1:16:48PM Barmouth. First village or town that actually looks touristy.

127

Location: 52.721416, -4.057111
03-JUL-12 1:28:38PM "Las Vegas Amusements and Arcade."

127a

Location: 52.722622, -4.054921
The "Arousal Cafe." Wales legend says that it is supposed to be the Carousel Cafe, but that the "C" is stolen every time the owner tries to put it up. There actually is a faint "C" in the paint as if the letter had once been there.

128

Location: 52.734949, -4.070698
03-JUL-12 3:24:14PM Leave beach.

129

Location: 52.736821, -4.070218
03-JUL-12 3:30:08PM Climb onto main highway and turn left.

131

Location: 52.767171, -4.088171
03-JUL-12 4:23:57PM Leave highway. Watch closely for sign and gate.

132

Location: 52.767144, -4.089764
03-JUL-12 4:31:22PM Two rock wall climbing stiles. Go past house. Not well marked.

133

Location: 52.773771, -4.098648
03-JUL-12 5:07:54PM Very confusing in this Caravan park. But the goal is the marked railroad crossing and that's not hard to find. Our not clean track is left in as an example.

134

Location: 52.773679, -4.097835
03-JUL-12 5:10:08PM Correct railroad crossing, not the larger one on road to the south.

135

Location: 52.775289, -4.092961
03-JUL-12 5:26:33PM Tal-y-bont. Good B&B here. Great Italian restaurant -- Tony's, right along the trail. Trail makes quick turn off road on both sides of the bridge.

136

Location: 52.776097, -4.107687
04-JUL-12 9:11:34AM We get off track on way to beach. There is one WCP medallion on top of a post here -- great for guiding helicopters, but not hikers. OUr track to beach is too far south of actual WCP.

137

Location: 52.775274, -4.112345
04-JUL-12 9:20:34AM Beach. WCP actual track comes in a bit further north.

138

Location: 52.782936, -4.122399
04-JUL-12 9:43:23AM Back on WCP.

139

Location: 52.813900, -4.151753
04-JUL-12 10:49:35AM Camping park. We never saw the sign to leave the beach and hiked most of a mile further north along Shell Island beach. the track here approximates correct path.

139a

Location: 52.815161, -4.140457
This point may be along the path that is closer to abandoned airport. We were on the road.

140

Location: 52.823845, -4.135488
04-JUL-12 11:20:37AM We've missed the WCP turn off the beach (no signs) and are blissfully enjoying a beach walk along Shell Island.

142

Location: 52.818971, -4.134432
04-JUL-12 12:03:42PM Road walk slightly to west of newly paved WCP walking track.

143

Location: 52.822682, -4.125631
04-JUL-12 12:15:15PM Right turn.

144

Location: 52.818038, -4.117643
04-JUL-12 12:28:47PM Left turn.

145

Location: 52.819968, -4.108990
04-JUL-12 12:42:19PM Cross railroad tracks and then left turn.

146

Location: 52.826307, -4.107999
04-JUL-12 1:02:23PM New foot bridge over river.

147

Location: 52.829985, -4.110885
04-JUL-12 1:12:30PM recross railroad tracks.

148

Location: 52.843220, -4.118294
04-JUL-12 2:06:55PM Left onto road.

149

Location: 52.844168, -4.118802
04-JUL-12 2:10:27PM Leave road for steep switchback descent to beach.

150

Location: 52.845289, -4.119264
04-JUL-12 2:19:23PM Start of beach walk.

151

Location: 52.862664, -4.126765
04-JUL-12 2:49:15PM Right turn. Leave beach.

152

Location: 52.863663, -4.120785
04-JUL-12 2:56:10PM In the gold course Spot Harlech Castle

153

Location: 52.861037, -4.110430
04-JUL-12 3:12:36PM Leave trail here to climb up to Harlech Castle. Train station is nearby.

154

Location: 52.860115, -4.108988
04-JUL-12 4:17:55PM Harlech Castle

156

Location: 52.867197, -4.107913
04-JUL-12 5:23:35PM Left off highway.

157

Location: 52.867631, -4.109359
04-JUL-12 5:25:34PM Jog right and then left through homes to field.

158

Location: 52.869381, -4.112053
04-JUL-12 5:31:32PM Bridge.

159

Location: 52.874786, -4.112721
04-JUL-12 5:43:29PM Gate.

160

Location: 52.877936, -4.114169
04-JUL-12 5:52:42PM Leave pasture for small paved road.

161

Location: 52.886012, -4.109413
04-JUL-12 6:06:42PM Gate.

162

Location: 52.888391, -4.110968
04-JUL-12 6:14:04PM Gate. Rope tied. the usual spring-loaded rod system was broken.

163

Location: 52.892054, -4.112465
04-JUL-12 6:24:11PM Gate.

164

Location: 52.895288, -4.109371
04-JUL-12 6:31:19PM Gate. Wasn't very visible.

165

Location: 52.897993, -4.103981
04-JUL-12 6:41:33PM Gate.

166

Location: 52.897760, -4.097201
04-JUL-12 6:53:06PM Around the house, the path is easy to miss.

169

Location: 52.898727, -4.083538
04-JUL-12 7:17:50PM Right onto small paved road.

170

Location: 52.898484, -4.083273
04-JUL-12 7:19:57PM Quick jog left onto a dirt causeway.

171

Location: 52.897397, -4.078578
04-JUL-12 7:25:25PM Beautiful new foot bridge.

172

Location: 52.903412, -4.076648
04-JUL-12 7:38:48PM Gate. Pleasant causeway walk.

173

Location: 52.906358, -4.070572
04-JUL-12 7:48:25PM Trail continues on causeway. Leave trail here by right turn onto track for Talsarnau -- Train station, B&B.

174

Location: 52.905141, -4.067130
05-JUL-12 7:36:00AM Talsarnau train station and B&B.

176

Location: 52.915423, -4.058657
05-JUL-12 8:29:29AM Cross railroad tracks.

177

Location: 52.918458, -4.053100
05-JUL-12 8:43:00AM Tall wood highway WPC sign that, like scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz, maddingly says go this way, that way and even a third way. WPC maps saw go southeast, and I do.

178

Location: 52.917811, -4.049548
05-JUL-12 8:51:30AM Left turn off road onto Arduwy Way. NO WPC sing, but this older path is the way.

179

Location: 52.923394, -4.030161
05-JUL-12 9:23:33AM Next WPC medallion.

180

Location: 52.923345, -4.029474
05-JUL-12 9:26:57AM Quick left at junction just before reservoir. Path signed as "dangerous." this is the only water I'd consider drinking, even after treatment, on this 100 mile WCP stretch.

181

Location: 52.927200, -4.018716
05-JUL-12 9:44:34AM Signed gate is chained shut. Climb over and turn left, rejoining the trail that took the other side of the reservoir.

182

Location: 52.931151, -4.016069
05-JUL-12 9:54:32AM Dirt road junction. Take right fork.

183

Location: 52.934897, -4.011332
05-JUL-12 10:03:35AM Next sign on post. Leave main dirt woodland trust road and take left fork downhill.

184

Location: 52.935684, -4.005277
05-JUL-12 10:17:09AM Gate and then over a car bridge.

185

Location: 52.936997, -4.004042
05-JUL-12 10:22:38AM Right turn onto small paved road. Pass hydroelectric power plant.

186

Location: 52.934549, -3.998308
05-JUL-12 11:17:08AM Invited in for a spot of tea by Pete and Barbara.

187

Location: 52.934624, -3.979744
05-JUL-12 11:57:16AM Turn left onto dirt track.

191

Location: 52.939770, -3.981587
05-JUL-12 12:20:53PM Right turn onto dirt road.

192

Location: 52.939451, -3.980717
05-JUL-12 12:47:06PM Make a left turn, stay left of knoll on faint track. I went straight past old barn/house and wandered in a large meadow before backtracking and finding right track.

193

Location: 52.939922, -3.980495
05-JUL-12 12:48:38PM Next post with WPC medallion.

194

Location: 52.940985, -3.980152
05-JUL-12 12:51:18PM turn right onto dirt road.

195

Location: 52.941767, -3.978280
05-JUL-12 12:54:41PM Gate. No signs. Turn left. I got off-trail a short while before as trail made a diagonal northeast.

196

Location: 52.943058, -3.980816
05-JUL-12 12:59:14PM Where WCP dropped down onto the road.

197

Location: 52.944830, -3.988201
05-JUL-12 1:08:21PM Turn right onto main highway in Maentwrog.

198

Location: 52.949095, -3.995969
05-JUL-12 1:24:05PM Turn right off of main road.

199

Location: 52.947349, -4.000324
05-JUL-12 1:32:43PM There was temporary construction here and I had a few hundred-yard detour.

201

Location: 52.948998, -4.002170
05-JUL-12 1:43:59PM Back on WCP, dirt road track.

202

Location: 52.949358, -4.003627
05-JUL-12 1:47:35PM Waterfall.

203

Location: 52.950180, -4.009808
05-JUL-12 1:56:01PM Junction, turn left.

204

Location: 52.949636, -4.011849
05-JUL-12 1:58:38PM Gate. Two intersections. Stay left.

205

Location: 52.947716, -4.014565
05-JUL-12 2:03:46PM Heard narrow-gauge Ffestiniog railroad steam whistle.

206

Location: 52.946586, -4.011803
05-JUL-12 2:08:22PM junction, stay right.

207

Location: 52.944929, -4.022089
05-JUL-12 2:20:22PM Left turn.

208

Location: 52.945235, -4.023588
05-JUL-12 2:25:02PM Bridge. Left turn down path.

209

Location: 52.944173, -4.026599
05-JUL-12 2:28:43PM Confusing trail junction. I went straight, not low.

210

Location: 52.945362, -4.039034
05-JUL-12 2:46:52PM Cross bridge.

211

Location: 52.945850, -4.040504
05-JUL-12 2:50:04PM Hard left, leave rough dirt two-wheel track, do not cross railraod.

213

Location: 52.945063, -4.043657
05-JUL-12 2:56:17PM Climb stone wall stile, stay along railroad stone wall.

214

Location: 52.944719, -4.044987
05-JUL-12 3:00:23PM Small train station visible across tracks.

215

Location: 52.943826, -4.047634
05-JUL-12 3:04:59PM A jog, first right, then fifty feet and left.

216

Location: 52.943416, -4.049070
05-JUL-12 3:07:32PM Hard to see sign. Overgrown.

217

Location: 52.943435, -4.049588
05-JUL-12 3:09:01PM Gate.

218

Location: 52.937084, -4.062633
05-JUL-12 3:26:45PM Left turn onto street.

219

Location: 52.931493, -4.068339
05-JUL-12 3:37:17PM Coming into Penrhyndeudraeth easy to get slightly off track. Here back on track.

220

Location: 52.929722, -4.066562
05-JUL-12 3:41:09PM Turn right onto main highway.

221

Location: 52.925777, -4.084033
05-JUL-12 4:05:15PM Minfford railroad station.

222

Location: 52.924741, -4.089346
05-JUL-12 4:16:59PM Left off of main road.

223

Location: 52.922937, -4.087872
05-JUL-12 4:22:59PM Gate and right.

224

Location: 52.921723, -4.090959
05-JUL-12 4:28:45PM Gate and left.

225

Location: 52.920471, -4.091552
05-JUL-12 4:31:34PM Right onto road.

226

Location: 52.918681, -4.098581
05-JUL-12 4:45:08PM Hard left turn.

227

Location: 52.915222, -4.099117
05-JUL-12 4:52:59PM Leave path for Portmeirion. Either you're a fan of the cult classic TV show The Prisoner or not. Portmeirion was where it was filmed. Regardless it is a surreal place. Enter after 3:30pm when the admission is half-price.

228

Location: 52.913301, -4.099104
05-JUL-12 5:25:43PM Portmeirion.

230

Location: 52.916930, -4.101385
05-JUL-12 5:44:10PM Turn left.

231

Location: 52.921009, -4.104145
05-JUL-12 6:10:45PM Cross narrow gauge railroad tracks.

232

Location: 52.924014, -4.124884
05-JUL-12 6:36:39PM railroad bridge into Portmadog. Walk on seaside of bridge rather than lower, estuary side of bridge if you can.

233

Location: 52.924818, -4.127936
05-JUL-12 6:41:36PM Porthmadog. One hundred miles complete. Turn GPS off.

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