Word was out that some major work was going on down at the beach at Llanbedrog, me being my nosy self and in the interest of all my blog followers I thought I’d better head down and have a look. Any excuse really to get out for a walk on one of the favorite places on the Llŷn. As you drive in to the National trust owned car park, what hits you first this time of the year is the remarkable tapestry of vibrant colour against a very dramatic canvas of grey behind. The beach boasts a superb array of colourful beach huts during the warmer summer months, but for obvious weather related issues they are retired to the carpark for winter, all 85 of them. They are all owned, managed and maintained by the National Trust and are available to rent for the summer season at a reasonable cost as well. Walking around them brought back some good memories. We rented one for about 6 years whilst the children were younger, no 29 if my memory serves me correct, good times they were too. We used to carry everything down in April, buckets, spades, nets, mask, goggles, we even had a table, stove, endless supply of water, tea, coffee, crisps ….. the list goes on. It was sorted then for the summer, going to the beach was a doddle, just us and no gear. Many a happy summers day as well as some cracking evenings spent down there.
The beach is accessed via some lovely steps from the car park on to the road , 50 mtrs and beach. Its a very popular place with locals as well as visitors, even this time of the year with plenty of of walking going on. Sands change dramatically with the tides , today is was lovely clean sand with remnants of the winter storms having brought up some seaweed and some litter. The usual form is turn left, walk halfway and back, the hardcore amongst us go threequarter of the way to Carreg y Defaid, towards the point and of course the die hard’s go all the way to the end. Today was a halfway kind of a day.
Some major work was going on, now i’m not getting involved in the politics. Some say it was not necessary and has spoilt the beach others say it is essential in protecting the properties above. One thing I can tell you is the scale is pretty impressive, its a long way up that cliff, one didn’t realise the height somewhat when the trees were there. It would be interesting to know how many tonnes of stone has gone in to constructing the wall. Well the local kids will be happy this summer, somewhere new to explore and climb.
On the way back up to the car you can see the local beach cafe, very popular during the summer months. It has been called or known as ‘The Galley’ or ‘Y Gali’ for years, In 2017 it was taken over and re-branded as the ‘Aqua beach bar’, what a truly awful name for such a pretty little place, obviously done by someone with no feeling or spiritual connection to the area. Thankfully new owners are taking over for 2020 and they have the wisdom to use its original name once more.
If you have time then pop in to the quaint local Church, St Pedrog’s, only tiny mind you but a lovely piece of architecture, or the stunning Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw, again just around the corner, there is even a lovely little shop selling ice creams, beach ware and local gifts .
Our work was done , fresh air for myself and Crazy Nel , some good memories, few tears , and photos for this blog .
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