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Walk: Y Cob, Porthmadog
Map: Lleyn Peninsula East / Pen Llyn Ardal Ddwreiniol 254
Directions: There is ample parking around Porthmadog - the walk starts from the Ffestiniog Railway Station on the harbour side.
Say it!: Y Cob: uh-cob
Porthmadog: as it looks
Yr Wyddfa: ur (roll the r) with-va
Moelwyn: moil-win
Cnicht: as it looks (ch as Scottish "Loch")

 

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 you.

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!

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