Monty the Motorhome is glad to be out of the wind as today we moved on from Shell Island, driving through Barmouth, which lies at the northerly end of the Mawddach estuary, then around the estuary itself to finish at the southerly end and just about opposite Barmouth. Our pitch for the next two nights is at Bwlchgwyn Farm, high up on a raised shelf that has a glorious panoramic view of the estuary mouth, the sea and in the distance Barmouth.
I expected it to be busy as the site featured in an article in this year's March edition of a popular motorhoming magazine, but we have the place to ourselves.
After setting up and having a quick lunch we walked down to the local village of Fairbourne, which is directly on the coast. The intention was to take a narrow gauge steam train to the end of a sandy spit jutting out into the estuary. However despite the train being fully operative it was closed for business as today is Monday. We found out they were running a 'driver experience' day which explained why it was merrily chugging along with no one in the carriages.
So we walked along the spit for a short distance, before turning inland and heading back to the site and spending the rest of the afternoon just sitting and drinking in the view.
This evening we were treated to the sight of a baby Greater Spotted Woodpecker on a short metal pole, just a couple of feet from the van, looking confused about whether to peck into it. Shortly afterwards a Red Kite drifted past, being mobbed by the local Jackdaws.