June 18th, 2012
A beachy day out
Our regular blog readers will know by now that we are slightly biased when it comes to the fabulous area we live in; the Oakeley Arms is in Snowdonia, and we think it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world.
We’re always on the look-out for hidden gems in our area, and we reckon the postcard-pretty village of Borth-y-Gest is just that!
Situated on the coast a few miles west from the Oakeley Arms, Borth-y-Gest is one of the most picturesque villages in the area. It’s much older than the nearby town of Porthmadog; there have been houses there since as far back as the seventeenth century. It was once renowned for its ship-builders yards, and it was originally thought to be a ferry port for the dangerous estuary crossing to reach Ynys and Harlech opposite.
The village centre is built around the shallow bay, which bustles during the summer months with boats and beach go-ers. But, step off the beaten path here, and you’ll be rewarded with beautiful beaches, coves and rocky bays, many of them quiet and peaceful as not many people know about them!
Borth-y-Gest is a great day out from the Oakeley Arms, and well worth a visit – just head west towards Porthmadog and then follow the signs; it’s only a 15 minute drive.
What’s in a name?
The meaning of Borth-y-Gest may come from the ancient township of Gest, many centuries ago. Borth is a mutated form of the Welsh word for harbour or port, and the hill behind the village is called Moel-y-Gest (meaning “Hill of Gest”).
Check back soon for details of a fabulous walk around Borth-y-Gest…..