The Trees Story

A Guided Walk looking marine archaeology and the ancient landscape of Borth-y-Gest, near Portmadog, Gwynedd, North Wales

Borth-y-Gest, near Portmadog, Gwynedd, North Wales

Borth-y-Gest, near Portmadog, Gwynedd, North Wales

Join me, Heather Ibbetson, archaeologist, river, landscape and sea nut, in an area of stunning scenery for a fun morning of walking and talking and have a go at reconstructing the ancient landscape of Borth-y-Gest.  All that is required is curiosity, a couple of hours in stunning scenery  and a whole different landscape archaeology can reveal itself to you.

Borth-y-Gest and Ancient Shipbuilding

Have you ever wondered how people got about before roads and railways or how food grown on farms got to the shops?  Or how sailors from North Wales traded with such far away places as South America?  Borth-y-Gest has a long maritime heritage and this guided walk investigates what the landscape was like. How it was organised for the ship building industry long before Portmadog was even thought of.  But to build ships you need the basic of materials, wood. This walk celebrates the mighty trees that made everything possible and investigate why Borth-y-Gest was so important back in 17th and 18th centuries.

Walking in the woods, collecting clues from around the harbour and local history. We will bit by bit  piece together what the landscape was like and how it was organised for the ship building industry of Borth-y-Gest.

Entrance to Borth-y-Gest harbour and location of one of the shipyards. No sailing experience needed!

Entrance to Borth-y-Gest harbour and location of one of the shipyards. No sailing experience needed!

Guided Walk details

This is essentially an outdoor activity with the emphasis being on you and the landscape archaeology itself.  This involves walking over uneven terrain to examine geological, landscape or riverine structures. However if you are unable to do this I may be able to make alternative arrangements where necessary.  Please contact me to discuss your requirements prior to booking.

This course is run every Wednesday but please check the calendar for availability during the period of November to April.  Meet on the green outside the Seaview Café in Borth-y-Gest for 10.30 a.m.

Guided walk duration: 10.30-1.00 p.m. (2.5 hrs)

Fee: £15.00 per person (there is a small surcharge for online payments)

Family ticket £50.00 (2 adults, 2 children under 16), extra children charged at £10.00

This course is suitable for children over 6 years old.

Max no. 6 people although if a family group exceeds this number, they are welcome any additional members will be charged at the discounted charge of £10.00 each.

Borth-y-Gest harbour at low tide showing a disused jetty with Snowdonia at the back of the picture.

Borth-y-Gest harbour at low tide showing a disused jetty with Snowdonia at the back of the picture.

Facilities:

There is ample parking although it may be pay and display by April.  There are lots of eating places, public conveniences in the car park and amazing scenery!

Please read the practical information page before booking to make sure you are properly equipped.  I reserve the right to exclude anyone, without refund, who does not comply with the practical information on attire, outdoor risk or bad weather contingency plan.

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