Saturday (the day before the gale) was a very good day to be out of doors. Kate and I used our bus passes to get from Llanfairfechan (0924) to
Suitably refreshed, we set off uphill, away from the busy A5. After a steep climb, we turned left onto forest tracks through
, past Llyn Bychan, out of the forest onto an open stretch with rowans and bog myrtle. Through a new gate, then left onto a public footpath leading back into the forest and down to Llyn Crafnant. Lunch beside the lake, again in warm sunshine. Gwydyr Forest
Then down quiet lanes, past an old water-mill with its wheel still more or less intact, down to Trefriw on the west side of Dyffryn Conwy. We had just missed the hourly bus to Conwy, so continued on the minor road leading to a footbridge over the Conwy, and so to Llanrwst North station. The two-coach 1531 to Llandudno was very busy – the collector was almost out of tickets – not needed by us anyway, as our Gwynedd bus passes allow us to travel free. Finally, a short wait at Llandudno Junction for the bus back to Llanfairfechan. Cost of the day; just three coffees and a piece of cake.
After a good night’s sleep, we can stay in bed and listen to Huw Jenkins on BBC Wales Country Focus, telling us how the EU is stopping the aerial application of Asulox, used to control the spread of bracken in the hills. Still time to catch it again on iPlayer.