Walks And Walking: Wales Walking Routes; Portmeirion Village Walks
Portmeirion Village is an extremely interesting Italian Hill Village on the Welsh coast and offers great walking routes and also surprisingly close to all hill walks and mountain walking in Snowdonia. In the Spring of 2010 I walked around a short walking route which included Minffordd, Ffestiniog Railway, Afon Dwyryd and the Portmeirion Lighthouse.
From the Portmeirion car park I walked away from the village to a sign for the footpath to the main road eventually crossing the road on this pathway before I turned right to follow the road. After a short while I reached a footpath that took me to the estuary where I turned left at a T-junction to reach a main road which I crossed to a minor road crossing the Ffestiniog Railway to reach another T- junction.
Turning left along a minor road where I then turn right down a main road to reach the Boston Lodge Halt. I then found a bridleway and walked beside the railway line which I crossed at the level crossing to climb a stile and then curving to the right I took the left hand fork and climbed up the track and through a gate to another gate to cross a farm road and continued along the rough track.
I then walked through the opening in the tall stone wall to continue through another similar wall before turning right at the ladder stile to cross another stile to return to the car park. With the entrance to Portmeirion on my right I met up with the family and took a few snaps of the lake, a robin and the quaint lighthouse.
This walk only took me less than an hour and covered just over 2 miles so I decided to lengthen it by walking back to our apartment in Porthmadog by following the railway line, viewing the birds (the flying ones) on the sandy beach on my left and the harbour on my right.