Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Tuesday 17th June 2008 Splendid Hilltop views

The forecast for today being occasional light showers we decided to stay local and headed west along the coast road though Pwllheli and behind Llanbedrog, to head inland looking for a windill on the map at a place called Foel Fawr. It turned out to be stump on a hilltop, but at least I did come across some rather splendid wild poppies bobbing in the stiff wind, which made them hard to photograph!
After a brief stop fo a cuppa looking down over the yacht dotted Abersoch Bay we turned inland through the narrow, winding and virtually unsignposted back roads to locate the National Trust properties on the seaward side of Mynydd Rhiw, a pretty substantial hill, overlooking Porth Neigwll (Hell's Mouth)
It proved to be well worth the effort and we were rewarded with panoramic views not only of the bay, but the distant mainland mountains too.
With lunchtime drawing near, we continued downhill into Aberdaron and had a rather nice lunch in the cafe on the road near the bridge. Thirty years ago it was a rather down in the mouth residence, now the interior has been "done up" rather well, even the old loft has turned into period rooms with tables and chairs.
We enjoyed a "Coronation Chicken" baked potato with salad garnish out on the roofspace next to the loft in the sunshine, if you happen to be passing, it's well worth a try!
There was more attractive scenery to enjoy as we followed the coast road back via Llanengan and stopped for a view of the beach at hells mouth, but with a strong on shore wind, it was a bit like being in a sandblaster, so our stay was a short one!

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