Criccieth, Gwynedd: The common scoter is an endangered duck, but here they can be seen in their thousands
It’s a mile from Criccieth promenade to Craig Ddu, the black crag that rears up before the beach of Morfa Bychan. This walk was one of my little terrier Phoebe’s favourites, where she could chase sticks and brandish them vigorously before digging them into the sand. She breathed her last peacefully on my lap a week before Christmas, and is buried now in a small, neat grave marked out by quartz pebbles and violets in my garden. I came back here to remember her, who delighted me through so many years; and also, because from the top of Craig Ddu you can observe one of the great natural sights around the Welsh coasts.
Source: The Guardian
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