Mr Stoatie, the dogs and I are off for a long weekend away in the camper tomorrow. We’re heading to Nefyn on the Llyn Peninsula, I’ve never been that far along it before and I’m so looking forward to it! Let’s just keep our fingers crossed that we get a few dry and, hopefully, sunny days. We’ll be taking all the electrical gubbins so there may be a chance to make a post if we can find some spare wifi.
Nefyn is on the north coast of the Peninsular and below it, about seven miles away on the south coast is the town of Pwllheli. This has exerted a fascination on me ever since our family was sent a postcard from there when I was very small. I can’t remember which part of the extended family were on holiday but they obviously chose the card with me in mind because I was (and still am a bit) completely horse mad. Although I never got riding lessons, never mind a pony, as we were too strapped for cash. I still have that postcard in a box upstairs somewhere inaccessible, but for your delectation I’ve managed to find a copy on the net. It’s pretty boring really but it still holds a certain glamour for me!
I’m hoping to visit a couple of hill forts and holy wells while we’re away, as well as hitting the beaches. Top of my list is seeing my first wild seal, and a close second will be to gaze wistfully across the sea to Bardsey Island, which we won’t be able to visit as dogs aren’t allowed. There is a pilgrimage route to Bardsey Island along the Peninsular. It is said to be the resting place of 20,000 saints, St Cadfan having established a monastery there in 516, and it is still considered to be sacred even though the monks were removed during the Reformation. A pilgrimage to the Island was said to be worth two trips to Rome, because it was such an arduous journey. It’s also reputed to be the resting place of King Arthur!