Thursday before Good Friday we headed off out with a mission:
- run a family errand
- get trendy new threads for Mr N from Davis’s Menswear
- ice cream for kids, panad (cuppa) for me
We soon found out that our favourite, the Big Rock Café was closed, seemingly all hands were on deck prepping for a busy Easter bank holiday, so we popped to the Australia which is owned by the Purple Moose Brewery of Porthmadog.
The pavements were already jammed with slow moving holiday makers, we needed to get away, so local lad Mr N took charge and we set off to down coastal path.
We decided to walk towards Morfa Bychan (Black Rock Sands) along the North Wales Coastal Path. This is a short walk taking in stunning views and at this time of year, beautiful bluebells.
We started by skirting around the headland, up the hill found ourselves at Borth y Gest, a beautiful inlet and a far cry from the hustle and bustle of Porthmadog high street. We paused a while, Sam found a severed bird’s foot much to his delight and his sister’s horror. Mr N and I took it all in. I’ve honestly never been to Borth y Gest before – I’ve been missing out.
We headed off towards Morfa Bychan (Black Rock Sands) following the signs for the costal path and taking a few scenic detours, there are many paths to follow on this route – to get over to Black Rock Sands you’ll need to head uphill and drop back down.
We eventually arrived at a quiet beach which, according to Mr N is part of Morfa Bychan. By the time we got there it was about 2pm. Very few people were there, just three families including us and a couple or two. We stayed a while relaxing in the sun, kids pleasing themselves. The tide was very low, thanks to the full moon but there is a deep flowing channel that parents need to be mindful of.
Relaxation complete we set off back along the same route. Having completed 4 out of 5 tasks for the day, we paused at the Moorings Bistro in Borth y Gest for gelato and the most wonderful cup of tea for me. It was served in a vintage china cup, plenty of milk, and properly boiling hot, I even got a homemade mini chocolate chip biscuit – this is how I like my tea.
Having slurped my perfect panad, the kids polished off their gelato we ambled back to Portmadog to pick up the motor and head back home. It was truly the most wonderful day.