What’s the first thing on Number 6′s agenda when he realizes what is going on? Escape of course! While I don’t share his enthusiasm for getting out of Portmeirion (The Village) here is a look at some of the various methods available. You can see here one of the many views of the boggy channels that surround The Village.
If I learned anything about that sand it was “don’t trust it”. What looks like an innocent stretch of beach will nail your trousers almost knee-deep in quick-sand-like mud if you step on it. Fortunately I found it out while wading and there was nothing seriously affected. Another fan was not so lucky! While re-enacting the rover sequence, she fell face-first into the muck. Good thing there was a waterfall nearby!
Below is the Old People’s Home and you can see the beach there. For those of us that wanted to recreate the opening Rover sequences, it involved some complex jumps and rock hopping to make it safely onto the main beach, no matter what the tide was. Fortunately, a simple Grand Jeté was enough to get me across the narrowest part. There were all sorts of fun messages that people had left written in the sand “I Love Number 6″, the ever popular “I am not a Number” which was scrawled everywhere, and “John Drake is teh Awesome”.
Here I am on the Stone Boat. The one problem about a mostly deserted Village is that there isn’t anyone there to take your picture either. I did get quite good at taking them whilst holding the phone, though.
You can tell it was a little bit of a windy day, I was quite blown by the end of it. That and scrambling about in gorse-bushes when I got lost once coming out of a cavern, but that’s another story.
I had gorgeous weather the entire time I was there. It was chilly, being February/March, but still sunny. I actually had to keep putting sunblock on! In a Welsh winter! Shocking, I know. The stone boat was a lot of fun—I bounced around in it a bit just to hear the “boom boom” it was so odd on board. I’ve spent a lot of time on actual ships so it was really quite disconcerting!
There were some yellow flowers blooming at the time, and although you can’t see it from here, the entire hillside up behind was a field of gold! I also walked around on the hiking paths up the hill, in fact let me include another photo at the end of this post to show the view down taken on a different day. The whole area near the lighthouse was fantastic, especially Near Beach with the caves and dripping waterfalls! I clambered about in there for quite a while and got completely dirty and scratched up. Now whenever I watch The Prisoner when he’s scrambling about in the forest I completely feel for him!