A relaxing stroll on the beach after a frustrating walk

Nearly every walk I’ve done around Aberdovey has been a riotous success, but on Saturday it all went slightly wrong in spite of the stunning sunshine.  I was trying to scope out a route to another hillfort.  I had already made the mistake of crossing a footpath through a field that turned out to be very boggy, so ended up with soggy socks and damp jeans, before turning onto a single track road for a couple of kilometers.  Its hedges were so high that I couldn’t see much of the scenery and when I turned onto the footpath it was so overgrown with brambles that it was a struggle to get anywhere.  There were a few nice flowers, including toadflax, lots of honeysuckle and a few late foxgloves, and a couple of damselflies and dragonflies, but otherwise it was just a fight against the increasingly vigorous thorny tendrils so eventually, when they were knee-high and seriously impeding progress, I gave up.  Fortunately I was in jeans rather than my usual shorts, which saved my legs, but it was disappointing.  There’s another approach that I’ll try on another day.  I decided to return home, stopping first at the beach outside the crush in Aberdovey itself, parking up opposite the cemetery.

As I crossed the dunes and walked across the grey pebbles down onto the beach, the sight was rather bizarre – facing towards Aberdovey it looked as though several lines of humans in the distance, in silhouette, were moving in slow motion towards me.  It was slightly eerie, shades of zombie invasion movies.  Fortunately, they were just out to enjoy the sunshine, like me.  There was a vintage RAF propeller plane overhead.  Many thanks to Hugh Tyrrell for responding to my request for information about it.  He says that it is a restored Avro Anson from Sleap airfield in Shropshire, painted in D Day colours.  It is owned by a aviation enthusiast who takes passengers for local trips. This time he was further away from home and was probably flying back after visiting Llanbedr.  It was a really marvellous sight, with a very distinctive engine sound.  An elegant visitor and a contrast to the super-fast jets that we often have roaring overhead around here, also rather fascinating in their own particular way.

Stonechat in the sand dunes

Click to see the details of an amazing crush of shells, in a part of the beach that has an enormous amount of razor clam shells. Razor clam shells always give me real craving for Portuguese food!

 

 

7 thoughts on “A relaxing stroll on the beach after a frustrating walk

  1. Shepherd Cathy

    On Sunday, September 13, 2020, Aberdovey Londoner wrote:

    > Andie posted: “Nearly every walk I’ve done around Aberdovey has been a > riotous success, but on Saturday it all went horribly wrong in spite of the > stunning sunshine. I was trying to scope out a route to another hillfort. > I had already made the mistake of crossing a fo” >

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    1. david heath

      Andie, so sorry to read about your travails approaching the hill fort. Glad that you did not sufeaders, fer any injuries. Better luck another day.
      We, your readers did, as always, profit from your comments on the flora and from the pictures.

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  2. Hugh Tyrrell

    Andie,
    The vintage RAF aircraft is a restored Avro Anson from Sleap airfield in Shropshire, painted in D Day colours. Owned by a aviation enthusiast, he takes passengers for local trips. This time he was further away from home and probably flying back after visiting Llanbedr.

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    1. Andie Post author

      Thanks so much Hugh. I was not that hopeful of a reply to my plea for information, so I am particularly chuffed. I have updated the post and credited you with the info. Thanks again. Andie

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  3. kjones579@btinternet.com

    Hi Andie I think the aeroplane is an Avro Anson, which was used by the RAF as a trainer, light transport and communications aircraft from the late 1930s to the late 1960s. Not sure why it would be in the proximity of Tywyn and Aberdovey other than perhaps in commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Best regards Keith

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    1. Andie Post author

      Hi Keith. Thanks so much, and spot on! Another reader has identified it as is a restored Avro Anson from Sleap airfield in Shropshire, painted in D Day colours. He says that it is owned by an aviation enthusiast who takes passengers for local trips, but on this occasion was probably flying back after visiting Llanbedr.

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      1. Shepherd Cathy

        I like the aero stroll. On Wednesday, September 16, 2020, Aberdovey Londoner wrote:

        > Andie commented: “Hi Keith. Thanks so much, and spot on! Another reader > has identified it as is a restored Avro Anson from Sleap airfield in > Shropshire, painted in D Day colours. He says that it is owned by an > aviation enthusiast who takes passengers for local trips, but o” >

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