Added a few new images from an early morning walk around the old industrial, quarrying town of Trefor. A granite quarry was established here in 1850 and a narrow gauge railway used to bring the rocks to the coast for shipment. Not much remains of industry today.
For more of these coastal path images head here –
Established in 2012, the coastal path around Wales stretches for close to 900 miles, essentially encompassing the whole country. The only country in the world with a path that extends over the whole coastline.
Some recent images from various parts of some of the northern sections of the path –
Whistling Sands is a beach spot in a place known as Porthor, in N Wales. (Note – video might take time to load).
The phenomenon of whistling sands occurs at a few locations around the world and is not fully understood. Basically what happens is that movement of the sand grains against one another causes a noise. The movement may be induced by wind, or by gentle kicking. The noise seems to require spherical sand particles with a consistent size, and at Porthor is easily generated by either mechanism. The sound here is rather more of a squeak than a whistling, or at least it was when I visited. Aside from the noisy sand this is a quiet undeveloped place with wonderful natural scenery and wildlife – the gannets were furiously diving for the plentiful fish.
The reddish tone of the rocks is an indication of the local jasper mining for which the area was once famous.
I have played this course a few times but have never been in the right place with the right light, so I was glad to be able to get there on this occasion. It is a lovely links course, or at least mostly a links course, but there are a few parkland holes. Didn’t get chance to play but enjoyed taking photos instead.
Looking down onto the course from a portion of the Wales Coast Path, for more information of the path go to http://www.walescoastpath.gov.uk
Also, there are lovely views to be had from the course. This is taken looking back towards Borth y Gest.
View across the estuary from Porthmadog Golf club.