Wednesday August 7th 1996
We decided to begin our journey on foot around the coast of Great Britain in the place where we have spent many family holidays. In that place we chose our favourite spot, the great rock called Gimlet, which towers out of the sea at the eastern end of the seafront in Pwllheli in Gwynedd at the top right hand corner of Wales.
Gimlet Rock was once a quarry and the slabs of granite left behind form an easy scramble with a magnificent view of Cardigan Bay to the south. The rock slopes gently inland and grass has grown to make a comfortable seat on which to relax and savour the moment. As we sat a beautiful double-masted sailing ship glided out of Pwllheli harbour behind us.
The powers-that-be have decided to construct a sewage works at the foot of the rock so our path was diverted around the building site and we were forced to dodge diggers, lorries and builders. From there we made our way along the beach to the beginning of the promenade known as South Beach. A convenient ice cream and postcard shop beckoned and we continued along the prom, licking the ice creams and admiring the sailing ship, fast disappearing towards the horizon.
Along the sea front are houses – tall, Victorian houses and new three storey town houses. Many are holiday houses or flats, ours included. We also passed the original stables of the Pwllheli – Llanbedrog tramway, now a bus garage and the waiting room and ticket office, now a bungalow.
Today’s walk ended at the far end of the promenade where Pwllheli town finishes and the sand dunes begin. A very short walk, no more than two miles but a ceremonial beginning to what we hope will become a great adventure.
Running Total 3.4 miles