12–17 May 2013
From the post industrial Deeside along endless promenades and abandoned quarryscapes: visiting the smallest church and smallest house in Wales and mistaken for a druid
day 25 – Chester to Flint
miles walked: 11 completed: 234.3 to go: 826
The northern start of the Welsh Coast Path … if you can find it. A day starting with a long walk along the straight canal-like Dee and ending with a castle dwarfed by towers. Power station and Airbus wing, tide-swept flotsam and rain-drenched walking.
day 26 – Flint to Mostyn
miles walked: 8 completed: 242.3 to go: 818
Eighteenth century immigration and pollution, gunshots across the marches, and one of the modern wonders of Wales.
day 27 – Mostyn to Abergele
miles walked: 18 completed: 260.3 to go: 800
Political images on the Duke of Lancaster, a wind farm farm, a gas terminal and a lighthouse, dunes and promenade, more promenade, and more, slightly dingy, promenade, and a sea of caravans.
day 28 – Abergele to Conwy
miles walked: 21 completed: 281.3 to go: 779
Meeting a missionary in a Llanfairfechan cafe and mistaken for a druid on Great Orm, St Trillio’s by the sea and Conwy by night.
day 29 – Conwy to Llanfairfechan
miles walked: 8 completed: 289.3 to go: 771
While yesterday was supposed to be a short day and turned out to be a long one, today was intended to be a long one, from Conway to Bangor, but turned out to be shorter. Sand, roads, railways and a message from Buzz.
day 30 – Llanfairfechan to Menai Bridge
miles walked: 13 completed: 302.3 to go: 758
Along the coastal nature reserves leading to Bangor, City of Learning and first steps on Anglesey. A labyrinth, an unplanned tour of an industrial estate, and an unplanned sausage and bacon bun.