The Cob with Porthmadog and Moel-y-Gest beyond.
The Cob is the artificial embankment (shown
above) that was built by William Madocks to reclaim
thousands of acres of land from the sea.
Though this may seem like a dull walk, there is a
lot to see. The Ffestiniog Railway runs alongside
the path, there are boats coming in and going out of
the harbour, you can watch the tide run up or down
the huge mass of sand to the south west and even see
the summit of Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) and other
Snowdonia mountains such as the Moelwyn and Cnicht.
This is the gateway to the Llyn Peninsula from
the south, with the A487 running along the Cob below
Start at the Ffestiniog Railway Station on the
harbour side in Porthmadog and walk along the Cob as
far as you like and then back again - that's it! At
the far end of the Cob are the Boston Lodge Works on
the Ffestiniog Railway, and this is as far as the
Cob goes. Just look out for trains!