I had spotted a potential weather window between some the recurring storms, the forecast looked good with sunshine and low wind speeds.
I drove very early to Aberdyfi Station were I parked the car, it was pouring down, but I believed in the forecast that it would stop before I started walking. I caught the 07:02 train to Fairbourne. The conductor was not with it and gave me a ticket from Tywyn to Fairbourne and only charged me £2.65. I questioned it but he told me not to worry about it!! Result. The mornings were beginning to slightly draw out which although it was not quite light yet, i did not need my headtorch.
I Followed the path along the seafront art Fairbourne before looping back to climb high above the Tywyn road. I passed through a disused quarry. It was steep climbing to gain the height but the views down to Fairbourne, Barmouth, up towards Porthmadog and all along the Lleyn Peninsular were spectacular. Unfortunately, my camera did not capture this vista that well. The high route was due to the main road, the A493 not having footpaths or a verge. The path dropped down to the sleepy village of Llangwngril, before re-ascending up a steep road, which ascended and descended, twisted and turned, making me very frustrated, so with the main road in sight again I decided to don the hi-vis vest and take my chances on the main road.
The next 3 miles were basically climbing up onto walls, criss-crossing the road so that traffic could see me and really getting a move-on! I had a couple of instances where traffic from opposite direction met me, which was interesting! I would not advise it though, as there’s always a boy-racer about or somebody reading their texts!
I was pleased to get off the main road and join up with the path again along a quiet road that ran alongside the railway. The recently built footbridge across the Afon Dysynni was quite impressive and led along a road that took me straight into Tywyn.
The seafront at Tywyn had seen better days, but the view out from the promenade stretched from Bardsey Island to Strumble Head and was magnificent, with the coastline of Ceredigion and Pembroke on show. The sea vista was also not the view on show, to the east the snow-capped peaks of Cadair Idris and Tarrenhendre were cloud free. The final few miles into Aberdyfi was easy walking along the golf course and then onto the beach, before skirting inland to pass underneath the railway line.
I made reasonable time in doing the 16 miles in 5.5hrs
Distance today = 16 miles
Total distance = 1231 miles