After strolling around the village of Portmeirion we decided in the afternoon to venture slightly further afield and explore the surroundings – not least the extensive woodland with thousands of self-sustaining plant species.
We just headed for the woods and strolled – it is utterly gorgeous. So many beautiful flowers everywhere but especially the rhododendrons, camellias and magnolias which were all breath-taking.
Apparently they have a team of 13 gardeners who work here year round – they do a great job. There is a bit of a micro-climate so everything thrives.
Our walk involved a fairly steep climb and plenty of steps but once we were in the woods proper, although hilly, it was not difficult. We found a signpost for a viewpoint, headed that way and were wowed by the sea, sand and coastline.
Hiking back down again we found a dog cemetery – some of the grave stones were quite intriguing.
After all that time in the woods it was apt to make our way down to the sea. The village overlooks a tidal estuary and a sweeping beach of pale sand. The tides are notoriously dangerous, on our entrance ticket it stated the time of high tide and that you should not venture onto the beach for 3 hours after hide tide. We obeyed. When the 3 hours was up, we explored the beach with plenty of interesting things washed up down there and Son thoroughly enjoyed peeking in all the rock pools.
We found a little lighthouse and got closer for a better look…
Then carried on to the hotel and sat on their terrace overlooking the sea for drinks and a snack.
All too soon it was time to retrace our steps through the village for a last look at lovely Portmeirion.