(I am posting this because Wild Daffodil. posted about her walk on Ynyslas Beach and I told her that nearby Tywyn was also a good base for a holiday.)
Just a little introduction to why I chose Tywyn for a holiday then photographs of different things we saw.) For my daughter’s tenth birthday I bought her a box set of five books. I bought them because they promised adventure and mentioned King Arthur. We were both great fans of King Arthur.
A number of years ago my daughter mentioned these books and how they were among her favourites and said that I ought to read them. So I did.
I borrowed them from the library at first and then bought my own copies and have re-read them a few times.
I was so enraptured by the descriptions of the different places that occured in the books that I sugested to my daughter that she and the rest of her family might like to come to Tywyn with me for a week’s holiday.
The fourth and fifth books are set in the surrounding area and I had found a lovely house backing onto the promenade that could be booked for holidays.We went there in the Spring Bank Holiday 2009 half-term when my granddaughter was almost six.
I went back on my own the following year in September.
One of the places mention in the book is Bird Rock (in Welsh Craig yr Aderyn). The birds in question being cormorants. It is the only inland nesting site for cormorants in Europe.and here is a view from the top.As you can see it was not a very good day for photographs. Also I was using my son’s Sony bridge camera in the days when he was trying to persuade me to move from film to digital.
The following year I walked all the way there from Tywyn. The coutryside was so beautiful.Another place that occurs in the book is Carn March Arthur.This is an impression in a rock supposedly the imprint of the hoof of King Arthur’s horse.Here is the stone in question.Nearby there is an echo that also appears in the book. I found this when I returned the following year but it is not especially photogenic.
Near the echo is the Bearded Lake (Llyn Barfog in Welsh). Out of which King Arthur pulled the avanc in the legend.This a composite picture of the whole lake. (I think you can just see the join).
One of the reasons for going back in September the next year is that the lake is called bearded because of the water lilies that you can see then but not in the Spring.A really beautiful spot (again mentioned in the book) is Tal-y-llyn. (The name of the lake.)As you can see we are all photographer’s.
While we were there we also decided to climb Cader Idris. In the event because of my grandaughter’s short legs slowing us down and threated thunderstorms that afternoon we only got about half-way throught the route but about two thirds of the way up.
Just before we climbed the last little bit to where we had lunch before we returned is Llyn Cau.And here is another picture again to show the whole lake. (The join is even more obvious this time I am afraid.)Here is the last steep climb with my granddaughter sitting patiently till we had finished taking photographsand the view from the highest point we reached.We also went for a trip to the Dolgoch Falls on the Talyllyn Railway.And the engine.I found it impossible to do the falls justice in my photographs. They just go on and on.
There were some beautiful sunsets while we were there and though the photographs I took are not exceptional I here is a gallery of a few of them.