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A Walk On Porthmadog Cob

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We recently took a walk over Porthmadog Cob – Y Cob Porthmadog.  Many of you will have driven it and looked out over the marshes but did you know that a few foot below that stone wall there is a fantastic pathway – cycleway?  This area was created when The Cob was widened several years ago and provides a fantastic place to watch the wildlife on the Glaslyn Marshes and to catch a glimpse of the Glaslyn Osprey fishing when they are in residence (March-ish to September-ish).  The big black wall on the other side of the road blanks out the spectacular view of the estuary, marshes and out to sea.

It is possible to walk across The Cob alongside the railway line but, of course, you must be very aware of trains passing quite close to you, keep control of children (who may be frightened by how close the trains are) and dogs.  Maybe check the train timetable and do this part of the walk between trains.  The Cob is about a mile each way.

We started our walk at the Boston Lodge end, crossing the road shortly after the old toll house and climbing the steps up to the railway level.  It’s quite obvious down on the ground.

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Information at Boston Lodge end of The Cob

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Looking back along the line to Boston Lodge yard and sheds

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View across the tracks towards Portmeirion and Harlech

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Every walk needs cake.  Coffee + Walnut Cake at Spooner’s Cafe on Porthmadog Harbour Station.

The halfway point.  We crossed the road to Britannia Terrace and turned for home.  Drop down onto The Cob footpath and cycle way just after the HMRC office.  william-maddocks

Stop a moment and take a look at the carving of William Madocks, the man who built The Cob and who gave his name to so much locally.  Read more about him HERE

When there is no traffic passing on the road this is a beautifully peaceful walk.  We were surrounded by the sounds of birds (and waterfowl), wind and water.  If you do this walk savor these moments.  It was a rather grey day and the clouds were low otherwise we would’ve had a fantastic view of Cnicht (the Welsh Matterhorn – Google it and you’ll see why), The Moelwynion mountains and Snowdon plus its surrounding peaks.  This was the best that I could do.

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I mentioned the wildlife.  We thought that we’d spotted an otter but it was a log (isn’t it always) but there are otters in the area.  We did see several egret (stood for 5 minutes watching one fishing in a pool on the seaside of The Cob), lots of oyster catchers, curlew and geese.  Of course there were lots of birds which I’ll lump together as “seagulls” but an expert would give you more information I’m sure.  There are often swans and cormorants/shags on these marshes too.

This great “trailhead” greeted us as we approached the car.  Two miles done – mostly level.

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To do this walk either park in the lay by on the Minffordd side of The Cob, near to the old toll house and Boston Lodge  – this is free but limited.  Alternatively, park in Porthmadog – there’s a big Pay and Display car park behind Wilko’s.  See a map of Porthmadog HERE

This walk is about 20 minutes drive from Cadair View Lodge log cabin accommodation in the Snowdonia National Park.  To enquire about availability, suitability of our accommodation or prices drop me a message using the form below.

 

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Rain, Rain Go Away!

Walk Through Coed y Brenin

Walk Through Coed y Brenin

There’s been a bit of rain over the last few days but then it is Wales and we’re known for our lush, green scenery.  That doesn’t happen without a bit of the wet stuff.  Although there are down sides to it the upside is that it makes it the ideal time to put on your waterproof and your boots and go off to visit our local waterfalls which should be in full flow by now.

One of our favourite local walks, which is suitable for almost everybody and is pushchair friendly, is the Waterfalls and Goldmines walk in Coed y Brenin.  Mainly along forest roads this path does go quite close to the edge of the river in places so keep youngsters and dogs under control.

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The walk is circular and up near the waterfalls there are some remains of buildings from the gold mining industry in the area and some interpretation boards.

Take a look at this video posted by our friend WezChef a few years ago showing part of the walk.

There used to be a nice downloadable leaflet showing the route but since Natural Resources Wales have taken over from The Forestry Commission it’s disappeared.  You’ll now need to download the app

There are also waterfalls just outside of Gallwyd – Rhaeadr Ddu which is on National Trust land.  Details HERE.  This one is a more challenging walk.  Also look at Dolgoch Falls.  A little further away but again brilliant after rain.

So, Welsh language question for you.  What’s the difference between a rhaeadr and a pistyll?  Both Welsh words for “waterfall”.  I’ll leave you to spot the difference!

If you’d like to come to stay in Snowdonia to check out these places for yourself then take a look at our log cabins 2 miles from Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre HERE

Criccieth Castle from the west shore


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St David’s Day in Criccieth?

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As has happened the last few years Cadw (the Welsh Government’s historic environment service) has announced FREE entry to several of its properties to celebrate St David’s Day.  The locations within 30 minutes of us are Harlech Castle, Criccieth Castle and Dolwyddelan Castle (there are several more in North Wales too).  Details HERE.  As we both love to go out exploring on at least one day each weekend we’ve decided to visit Criccieth if the weather is good enough.

Haven’t spent any time in Criccieth for nearly a year.  The last time we were there the weather was good enough to sit on the sea front and to “promenade” along the promenade.  We didn’t visit the Castle last time so it’ll be nice to see over it and refresh my memories of it.  There are fantastic views across Cardigan Bay to Harlech and way beyond from the Castle and surrounding grounds.  Did you know that Criccieth was one of the pioneering Cadw sites that ran a trial of allowing dogs to visit (on a lead and with their owners of course)?  And this has now been extended to more locations.

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As well a visiting the Castle we’ll most likely pop into Cadwaladers for an ice cream… a MUST when you’re in the town.  Their cafe “overhangs” the beach with fantastic views across Cardigan Bay.  They do great cake and coffee too.  Have just heard about a Welsh Cake Sundae that they’re launching on Sunday.  Sneaky peak HERE

There’s also a visit to Criccieth Lifeboat Station on the books too.

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We drop into lots of RNLI stations to say “Hi” as my partner (and his son) is a crew member of Holyhead Lifeboat Station.  There’s always a warm welcome.

For future reference, Dylan’s, the restaurant currently based in Menai Bridge is opening a new venture on the beach (well almost) at Criccieth early Summer 2015.  They’ve got all sorts planned for the town so they’ll be a place to visit maybe next time we visit.  You’ll find some more information HERE.

I’ve also heard rumours that there maybe fish and chips for tea…. but where?  No Dylan’s yet?

So now you know my plans for the weekend… how about you?

Will post some photos of the day if there are any decent ones – fingers crossed for good visibility from the Castle and no rain.

Criccieth is 19 miles from our log cabin accommodation at Cadair View Lodge and it takes about 29 minutes to drive there.


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Everything Stops For Tea!

Cadair View Lodge Tea Time

You’ve driven for hours but now you’ve arrived.  You’ve opened the cabin door – it’s warm and welcoming inside.  The promised welcome basket is there waiting for you.  The kettle is ready filled.  Flick the switch, get the cups out, grab some tea bags (or coffee sticks) and the packet of biscuits from the welcome basket.  Boiling water, milk from the fridge, RELAX!

Your holiday has begun!

Open the information pack and the biscuits – the car can be unpacked later.

Welcome baskets containing bread, milk, biscuits, tea, coffee, milk, butter, washing-up liquid, loo rolls, bin bags, kitchen towel and more provided FREE OF CHARGE with all stays at Cadair View Lodge in Snowdonia (even one night stays).  We’ve provided it so that you don’t have to remember it.

Check out what else makes us special at www.CadairViewLodge.co.uk .

You can also call us on 01978 759603 or email info@cadairviewlodge.co.uk

Come to stay for a relaxing break soon


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Where Can I Book A Short Break In Snowdonia?

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Cadair View Lodge Log Cabins

 

If you are looking for a short break in Snowdonia (or anywhere else for that matter) you may struggle to find self catering accommodation.  Most self catering accommodation providers prefer you to stay either for a full week (and it MUST be Saturday to Saturday) or, out of season, they may allow you to stay Monday to Friday. 

At Cadair View Lodge we are different.  We will allow you to stay for a short break right through the year.  Guests can book to stay for as little as one night right through the year.  The only exception is over Christmas and over New Year when we ask that guests stay for a minimum of 3 nights.  So we can give you a price to stay just for a Saturday night, if that’s what you want.  It is also possible to start longer breaks on any day that you want too.

Although we allow you to stay for a short break, the longer you stay the lower the nightly rate gets. 

So if you’d like to book a short break in one of our log cabins in the Snowdonia National Park either call us on 01978 759603 or email us on info@cadairviewlodge.co.uk to check short break availability.

You can see details of our cabins and any special offers that we have on short breaks in Snowdonia on our website www.cadairviewlodge.co.uk

This blog was written as part of the #30dayblog challenge.