North Wales Tea Room Walk

January 8th, 2019

Ok ok ok, so we know that January is about dieting and being good and not eating cake, but seriously…. it’s the most depressing month of the year so we¬†need a bit of cake to cheer us up!

And with this lovely tea room walk, starting not far from us here at the Oakeley Arms, you’ve a chance to burn off the cake before you eat it – now that’s what I call a diet ūüôā

This lovely walk starts from the pretty seaside village of Borth-y-Gest, and when the walk’s complete and you’ve earned your tea and cake, why not stop off at one of the village’s loveliest tea rooms? The SeaView Tearoom is situated by the harbour, with beautiful views across the estuary and beyond! And the cakes are really delicious too. For more information on opening hours and menus see¬†www.seaviewtearooms.co.uk

Go walk (and eat cake!!)

Where:              Borth-y-Gest, near Porthmadog, Gwynedd.

Distance:          Approx 4 miles

Difficulty:          Easy

Start:                Car park in village centre (follow A487 to Porthmadog, half way along high street turn into Bank Place (signed Black Rock). Follow uphill, fork left for Borth-y-Gest). Postcode for sat nav is LL49 9TS (approx)

Grid Ref:           SH 565 375

Map:                 OS Explorer 254: Lleyn Peninsula East

Directions:

1: Turn away from harbour, head up short path at top left corner of car park. Turn left and stay ahead as road sweeps to right; passing large houses and B&B on right.

2: At road end stay ahead to follow footpath, passing church above on right. Continue ahead on beach top path. Continue on this until you reach the end at a footbridge. Cross this then down steps and onto beach.

3: Stay ahead to cross beach and soon after small brook, look for path uphill at bottom right corner of sand dune. Follow path as it snakes to right. Turn left at top and follow path along stone wall. Keep ahead; at end turn right at footpath sign, through open gate then immediately left.

4: Follow windy path, down steep steps, then wider zig-zag steps. At end, either turn left down concrete slipway then right onto beach, or if tide is high go straight over slipway and follow stony path at top of embankment, golf course on right. Head for rocky outcrop on left with small white house just visible, if tide out then skirt around edge of rocks. If not, continue along embankment path dropping down to Black Rock Beach.

5: On beach continue ahead with dunes to right, until first main exit on right (look for wooden sign-board). Take exit, passing toilets then caravan parks. Soon after Glanaber Pub take right turn for Y Ffridd, passing large house to right. Soon look for public footpath sign leading into wooded area. Follow path, cross stream and emerge onto golf course.

6: Follow gravel path through course and after large bend and fence posts, track will meet tarmac road. Turn left then almost immediately right along fence to path uphill into trees. Continue until you emerge into caravan park. Turn left.

7: Follow lane through park and at junction by tennis courts turn left then almost immediately right, with duck pond to right. Follow windy road uphill, passing 2 wooden bin stores. At first caravan on your left leave road to cross small grassy clearing on right, leading to path through trees and fork left through gate. For fabulous view point take second path on right. Return to path turning right, eventually through kissing gate, turn right to pass rear of houses. Turn left at road leading down Mersey Street back to car park.

Points of Interest

1: Before Briwet Bridge was opened in 1867, the village of Borth-y-Gest was the starting point for crossing the tidal and often dangerous Glaslyn Estuary to reach the town of Harlech on the other side.

2: The Seaview Tearooms and Café are situated near the car park at the beginning/end of the walk.

**These directions are for guidance only. The Oakeley Arms can accept no responsibility for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use of this information. The information quoted is correct at the time of writing. Always take a map with you and be prepared for the weather for turn. Do not venture out in bad weather.