Wow! Those tiny streets off the main street don’t half go up quickly, not even time to catch your breath, it was like walking up the side of a house! But we stopped very often to admire the view down onto Barmouth beach and beyond and soon made it out onto the top at Dinas Olau. From here we could see how the sand had been blown into the town after the storms and see the still very rough waves rolling in up the beach in the distance. Richard then led us north up through Cell-fechan and over the top towards Gellfawr and stopped out of the wind for an early elevenses. It is on the tops here that you can often see choughs wheeling on the updraughts or feeding on the short sheep cropped grass: we were unlucky and saw not one. Suitably refreshed, we walked on good paths further north, then headed east through Bwlch y Llan and out to the radio mast. The views change here from those straight out into the Irish Sea to grand views of the Mawddach Estuary with the Barmouth Bridge showing well – it always makes a good photograph.
As we turned south heading back towards Barmouth the weather decided to have a go at us: very cold driving rain in our faces with bits of hail for good measure, the occasional hailstone making your eyes water when they caught you on the cheek. It didn’t last long and we were soon back at the top of Dinas Olau looking down on the town. From here we could see that the Lifeboat had been out and was being washed down at the top of the beach. Back down these very steep streets and into the town. The arousal Cafe is still without a C. As we were parked at the rear of the Lifeboat Station we went to have a look at what was going on round the front. The crew had taken the opportunity of some very rough seas for, in the words of the tractor driver, ” … a bit of a play out there … ” in the surf and swell. The team was washing everything in soapy water and making the boat shine again ready for a real ‘shout’.
Back to the cars and back to The Oak. A trip to the seaside and not a pedalo in sight! Welcome back to the group to Brian Price – good to see you out again. Thanks to Richard for leading and thanks to all who came and all who drove.