December 3rd 2006
A well known Outward Bound Tutor writes in the Log for December 3rd, 2006:
“Probably the best group I’ve ever brought up here to do OB things. They ate everything, walked up, over and down everything and went to sleep when they should have, leaving the staff to indulge themselves in the traditional late night Stilton and Port fest.”
Remember Marians on the Mawddach makes a great Christmas gift
In 1968, on a cold and misty November evening I found myself here with pocketful of birthday money which I spent in the station tuck shop on Callard and Bowser’s Finest Nougat. I shared it with my Third Form chums on the way home to the Coach House.
“The blue and purple hills,and the emerald and sapphire waves that forever toss their white foam upon the yellow sands they lap.”
A History of Barmouth and Vicinity
The wonderful Gordon Brudenell introduced me to the delights of Farchynys in 1968 and contributed a warm and witty A to Z of Farchynys for the book.
On a wet and windy day in November, Gordon and Ernie Watson led a chippy party of third formers to a shooting box somewhere to the north of Bontddu. It rained. It was boggy. It was my thirteenth birthday.
“Would you like the bridge fried or boiled, Sir?”
“When Benjamin Piercy built the viaduct in 1867, there was a man over at Barmouth who promised that if they ever finished it, he would eat the first train to come over. The morning it was due, a table was laid outside Barmouth Station with a starched white cloth and best silver and as the train approached, the chairman of the railway turned to this fellow and said, ‘Here it comes now, do you want it fried or boiled, sir?’ ”
Quoted in Stopping Train Britain by Alexander Frater, 1983
Originally devised and organised by the wonderful Mike Jackson. The Farchynys run included both the bridge at Penmaenpool and the railway viaduct at Barmouth