Trip Start Sep 13, 2007
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Monday, September 17, 2007

First job in the morning was to go to Barmouth and find a compass. Now Barmouth used to be a thriving coastal town with a wide range of shops selling all manner of local produce. What remains today is little more than a few streets filled with cafes. Even the shop I remembered which sold hiking equipment had closed. Actually it hadn't closed but only sold coats, socks and a torch. I recalled the problem I had in East Ham trying to buy a shuttlecock. All the sports shops didn't stock any sporting items though for the current fashion of unfit people wearing sports wear was well catered for. It seems as if shops can make you look the part but not give you any of the essentials for you to actually participate. So my search for a compass goes on.
After some lunch and a pint, I wandered off toward Cwm Nantcol. A mountainside house which, to live in you must possess a huge pair of balls. The danger of a rock fall is all too apparent! I managed to avoid getting totally drenched by two rain storms, but my bravery was well rewarded with some fantastic vistas and more rainbows than you could carry in a huge bin bag; if such a thing were possible.
Despite the encroaching ruin of Barmouth, one of its most attractive features is the Dolphin Fish and Chip restaurant. The batter is so fine, it looks and tastes like breadcrumbs and the chips are delightful. Unfortunately my dad's current ineptitude to following instructions meant we had no salt and vinegar. Something my mum didn't let him forget. Probably forever.
The huge tower near Cricieth is still a mystery. It wasn't what I thought it was when on my journey a couple of days ago. The tower is far higher and sits in front of the mountains, not on them. I will locate it before the holiday finishes.
The night was exceedingly cold as it dipped dangerously low to freezing. I stuck it out in the awning though.
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