18 May — 1 June 2013
One hundred and thirty miles to get back where you started: cliffs and beaches, nuclear power station and holy wells, but no beach café.
day 31 – Menai Bridge to Benllech
miles walked: 21 completed: 323.3 to go: 737
onto Anglesey, island of druid and prayer; a missing cafe, a priory dovecote, a wave-lashed lighthouse and a blocked path
day 32 – Benllech to Amlwch
miles walked: 15 completed: 338.3 to go: 722
the lifeboatman mapmaker, Anglo-French connections, deadman's gold and animal rescue
day 33 – Amlwch to Cemaes
miles walked: 8 completed: 346.3 to go: 714
overlooking brickworks and approaching Yr Wylfa; a signal man, a station environment officer, and a youth in black
day 34 – MHA in Rhos-on-Sea and Colwyn Bay
A tale of two visits, from independence to dependence a path we all take, redefining ageing, and challenging spirituality.
day 35 – Cemaes to Church Bay
miles walked: 12 completed: 358.3 to go: 702
This day took me to one third of the way round Wales. Nuclear power and flower power, white ladies and ladies in black, hidden gardens and wild gardens.
day 36 – Writing and WiFi: Beach Hut and MorphPod
No walking just a day to catch up and seek out new experiences before setting off for wedding in Sheffield. Starting in the Beach Hut Cafe on Llanfairfechan and ending up in The MorphPod at Felindre, near Knighton … back into Offa’s Dyke territory
day 37 – wake in a MorphPod and off to a wedding
a walker, a community pub, nuclear safety and a cutting-edge technology camping hut
day 38 – Off-Path – Sheffield
A day far from the Wales coast at a wedding in Sheffield, but hearing tales of inundation and a images of journeying.
day 39 – back to the path
Back to the trail after the wedding, but pondering the life of the village shop and the glory of the penny post en route.
day 40 – Church Bay to Holyhead
miles walked: 14 completed: 372.3 to go: 688
wet and windy, puddles and a new bridge, crabs in the grass and cockle pickers beneath the chimney
day 41 – Holyhead to Rhosneiger
miles walked: 26 completed: 398.3 to go: 662
in which the intrepid walker meets other intrepid walkers and cyclists, extends his vocabulary, learns mastery of cattle , and conquers weather and distance
day 42 – Rhosneigr to Malltraeth
miles walked: 14 completed: 412.3 to go: 648
a simple coast walk involving bovine encounters, an ancient burial, a church in the sea, and the seat of princes, and, although we miss on the path, picnic dinner with a fellow coast walker
day 43 – Malltraeth to Menai Bridge
miles walked: 22 completed: 434.3 to go: 626
missed beach, trackless dunes, stoney ground, chaste cupid, and salacious gossip
day 44 – Menai Bridge to Caernarfon
miles walked: 9 completed: 443.3 to go: 617
in which I encounter a scarecrow at the docks and a giant rubics cube, visit a nurturing place for aspiring artists and designers and the home of advanced geo information in Wales
day 45 – a day in Caernarfon
radical roots in the North West of Wales