So the 1st of May has come and gone and it is nice to see that all the people who exercise their wonderful dogs are still walking them in Llanfairfechan. The dog-walking on the beach restrictions come into force by Conwy council, every year at this time. There is a restriction but it only applies to the part of the beach between the slipways. So the great wide expanse that is Lavan sands is open for people and dogs to play to their heart’s content.
The people of Llanfairfechan care a lot about their environment, they enjoy the mountains, the rivers, the sea and all the local walks that link them up. Carelessness can cause upset in any of these areas and recently thoughtlessness has led to gorse fires on Garreg Fawr, one of the hills behind. It is sad to think that birds at the start of their nesting season will have lost nests or even worse off-spring to ill-thought through actions. Not only does wildlife suffer but the fire service are called out to put themselves at risk and local residents ending up footing the bill through their council tax. So please take care when you’re enjoying the world around you.
It seems odd being this close to the sea and not having a way to enjoy it. Llanfairfechan even has a slipway just 100 metres from The Towers. So Lance took the plunge and took his RYA power boat level 2 course with Seawake in Conwy Marina (http://www.seawakepowerboattraining.co.uk ) it was great fun. This is usually a 2 day course but with just Lance on the course , we got it all completed in a day. After a couple of hours of classroom theory, the rest of the day was spent out on the boat, it was an amazing day!
Having navigated out of the Conwy estuary, we headed over top the slipway at Llanfairfechan and then across to the Menai straits and under both bridges. We found some useful mooring points too. Then we came back up the straits to Puffin Island to watch the seals on the north side. We came back to the estuary navigation lights and on into the harbour for lunch. In the afternoon it was all about close quarter manoeuvring, learning how to park the boat without upsetting other boat owners! We had a final trip out, up the Conwy against the tide, it is unbelievably powerful!! Once we were under the bridge it was full power to Glan Conwy.
This was a birthday present from my wife, it was such a fabulous day.