King Edward I's castle
Trip Start May 12, 2011
61Trip End Oct 15, 2011
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We are moored in the Menai Strait at the Southern end only 200 yards from Caernarfon castle. It's a very imposing structure even today. You can only imagine what effect it had on the Welsh when it was built in the 13th century.
The Menai Strait enjoys some VERY strong tides, so we had to time our arrival. Hence we departed Porth Dinllaen before 7am and were tied up on a mooring buoy by half ten. We then took the tender ashore and visited the town and castle.
For the first time since we left Scilly I thought about sun block. I didn't use any, but suffice it to say that the last 2 weeks have been blowy, cloudy and cold!
For supper I cooked Welsh Lamb. It was bootiful!
Viv made Welsh cakes - good effort!
Wednesday 1 June
We upped anchor on the morning high tide and approached the swing bridge to the inner harbour, issuing the required sound signal, morse for B (one long and 3 shorts). To our amazment a chap came out of the gate keepr's lodge, entered the hut on the bridge, and within a minute the bridge was living up to its name and swinging.
We rafted up against a Westerly Sea Hawk (the same length as Kantara) and here we stay for a couple of nights. We dry out at low tide, but being bilge keeled that really isn't a problem. The nearby marina at Victoria Dock would have charged us £21 a night, but there appears to be no charge for the inner harbour, though there are no 'facilities'.
Viv and Sean got out the Raleigh foldaway bikes and went for a spin. I chose the pedestrian method of exploration. We all found the ruins of the Roman fort of Segontium and Morrisons.
In the evening we took a film at the local arts centre set in very much the time and place that Segontium would have been active.
Thursday 2 June
Brighter weather was forecast today, so we took a No .88 bus to Llanberis and walked up Snowdon. Untill well past 'The Halfway House' it was looking like we were in for a trip to the clouds, but amazingly the cloud cover was thin and we broke through easily to get to the sumit. We returned well topped up with vitamin D after a 9 mile walk which took us 950 meters up and then down again.
At 1085 meters, Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales. The walk was a similar duration and severity to our walk up Canigou (in the French Pyrenees) in October 2008, even though the latter is 2785 meters high (but in France we drove up to 1800 m. to start our trek) However Snowdon has a well worn and pretty stable path, with refreshmentts half way up AND at the sumit. For the less active you can actually go all the way by train!
We shoot the Menai Straits at the top of the tide and (hopefully) end up in Conwy.