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A Fine Day at Llanfairfechan.
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2015, 04:36:12 PM »
Manchester Coach Rambles Group Walk  27th September 2015.

A Fine Day at Llanfairfechan.

This fine, clear day was an absolute treat not only for Manchester Coach Rambles Group but also for the photographer seeking the perfect the perfect shot for a jigsaw puzzle. We left Conway via the Wales Coastal Footpath to be welcomed by stunning views across Conway Bay to the Great Orme which can only be offered by a calm sea reflecting a clear deep blue sky touched only by wispy clouds on a late September day: the skies welcoming the eye rather than dazzling it.

The sea certainly must have welcomed the seagulls which are usually perched on the walls of Conway Castle stretching to the harbour , intent upon terrorising the unsuspecting tourist offering an unintentional glimpse of fish, chips or sandwiches with a response of dive-bombing raids to steal from victims and inducing cardiac arrest amongst the faint hearted. Much richer pickings must have been available out to sea and it was delightful to pass the Smallest House in Wales on the Conway seafront without having these avian thugs and muggers screaming to each other that their next possible victim was approaching.

Much as it pains me as a devotee of the Dark Peak, there can be no disputing that the splendid colours of the moorland of Conway Mountain far surpassed any offered by the Peak District this year: the purples and yellows were astounding!
As we approached the summit of Conway Mountain the panorama was astounding: our reward for the hard climb was views of the Menai Straits boasting golden sands.  Anglesey,  Beamauris Castle and Puffin Island lay to the west across the Straits, numerous tankers sat toward the horizon awaiting high tide before entering Holyhead harbour. The jagged peaks of the Carneddau Mountains and  Snowdonia clearly visible to the south reflecting an afternoon sun which enhanced their colours.
The view from the mountain of hundreds of 21st century turbines turning in unison in windfarms out to the sea contrasts with that of an intriguing Iron Age fort and stone circles sitting on the mountain ridge leading to Llanfairfechan.
Ancient history, a castle, modernity, fantastic views and changing colours which reminded that autumn is fast approaching were the reward for the day’s walk and climb.
If you feel like indulging in a Lakeland autumn, our next coach trip is to Keswick on Sunday 11th October. Check for more details. Our next Sunday Public Transport Walk is on October 18th, a linear walk from Altrincham to Styal. Meet on Altrincham Interchange 1013.

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