Quest Update: From one great castle to another…

We’ll leave Edward basking in his success at Conwy for a few days now while we visit his other new castles at Caernarfon and Harlech, the latter of which I’m looking forward to flying over in a couple of days, hopefully to get some great aerial photos. Then we’ll pick up the story again in time for the final stop on my Quest on the Island of Anglesey, where we’ll complete the tour of the king’s ‘Iron Ring’ and where our story comes to an end. And what an adventure it’s been so far, so I’m looking forward to more escapades in the coming days.

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Leaving Conwy Harbour

We’ve been walking for a few days now, making steady progress towards our next port of call, the wonder that is Caernarfon. Having left Conwy on Sunday, we made our way out of town and got a few miles along the coast before evening rain stopped play, so we decided to retire and start again in the morning.

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Starting out in better weather from Conwy Morfa beach yesterday

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Among the dunes…

So yesterday, in lovely bright and cool weather, we picked up our trail at Conwy Morfa beach and made our way along the coast, enjoying the fabulous views across the sea, and as we rounded the headland at Penmaen-bach Point we caught our first glimpses of Anglesey in the distance.

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Goodbye to Great Orme as we head towards Caernarfon

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Anglesey appears in the distance…

After a short break for a drink at Penmaenmawr (don’t’ ask me how you pronounce that) we continued on through a nature reserve at Llanfairfechan (or that) as Anglesey grew closer on one side, with a scenic backdrop of mountains on the other. Our finishing point was near Penrhyn Castle to the east of Bangor, when my feet started complaining and a restorative glass of Pimms beckoned.

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The end point yesterday near Penrhyn looking back where we came from

So today we began at Penrhyn, and the walk took us through Bangor, where we discovered there was a rather dinky cathedral, so we paused to investigate its attractive interior before moving off to pass the imposing Menai Bridge. We then headed inland for a while, ending up near the watersports centre at Y Felinheli (and definitely don’t ask me how to pronounce that!).

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The pretty interior of the petite Bangor Cathedral

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The imposing Menai Bridge

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The end point today at Y Felinheli looking across to Anglesey, where my Quest will end

Tomorrow we’ll pick up the final few miles taking us into Caernarfon and its majestic castle, and I’ll be spending the rest of the day there, investigating its glory and its story…

See you then…

21 thoughts on “Quest Update: From one great castle to another…

  1. I’ve got blisters just following your blogs. Some lovely pictures of the walk from Conway and you’ve still got Caernarfon, Harlech and Anglesey in front of you, not to mention the trip up into the sky. Let’s hope the weather behaves for you

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    • Amazingly, I’ve only had one blister so far. We’ve been lucky on the whole with the weather, but it’s hammering it down at the moment. But I don’t really care as I’m warm and cosy inside and drinking Prosecco. 🙂

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  2. I take it you won’t be trying to pronounce: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwrndrowbillllantysiliogogofgoch then? (it’s my party piece and the only word anywhere with 4 letter Ls in a row!)

    Penmaenmawr – pen (as it looks) maen (like mine) mawr – the aw is pronounced like ‘ow’

    Llanfairfechan – just remember the single ‘f’ is a V sound – the LL just has to be learned and practiced and the ‘ch’ is like Scottish loch

    Y Felinheli is easy – the single ‘f’s are pronounced V again, and Y, which people struggle with and pronounce with an ‘ee’ sound is actually just kind of ‘uh’ (it means the and rhymes with it)

    Hope that helps…

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  3. I laughed out loud at the pronunciations. Such beauty on your journeys! It must be so fun to investigate all the history. And I can’t wait to hear what tomorrow brings! Safe travels!

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    • I’m looking forward to flying too – it should be tomorrow. We’ll get pics of Harlech before visiting on Friday and as the airfield is at Caernarfon I’ll be catching the castle too. It’s got to be the best castle in the UK. Going to explore it today when we get there after our walk. Can’t wait. I’m glad you’ve seen it ‘in the flesh’ too. It is pretty spectacular. 🙂 ❤

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    • It would, and it’s a very beautiful language. But it seems very complicated! I’m Welsh, and I’m not sure I’d be very good at it. Maybe I’ll stick to Latin! And I’d love to give Old English a go… 🙂

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