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.
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.
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.
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.
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!).
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…