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Adventurer returns home after epic journey

A young adventurer from Colwyn Bay has returned home after walking 1,500 miles solo across one of the most desolate countries in the world.

Ash Dykes is the first recorded person to complete the epic journey from the western border of Mongolia, across the Gobi desert to the eastern border with China. Ian Lang has his story.


North Wales adventurer breaks Mongolia world record

Ash completed his journey pulling a 120kg trailer Credit: Ash Dykes

A young Welsh adventurer has become the first person to walk 1,500 miles solo across Mongolia - one of the world's most desolate countries.

23-year-old Ash Dykes from Colwyn Bay walked into the record books after spending 78 days alone, battling sandstorms and heat exhaustion.

During his journey he tackled the high Altai Mountains, the Gobi Desert and the Mongolian Steppe.

Ash had to contend with heat exhaustion and sandstorms Credit: Ash Dykes

Ash has already gained recognition from world-renowned explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes.

Man campaigned to save Gwyrch Castle since age of 12

The castle was built in the 19th century Credit: Gwyrch Trust

Local historian Mark Baker has campaigned for Gwyrch Castle to be bought back to its days of glory - a campaign he started when he was 12 years old.

“It is very exciting that the castle will be open for the day and that we have an opportunity for people to learn about its history and what is proposed for the future” he said.

The castle once had 128 rooms Credit: Gwyrch Trust

The 19th century castle was once by the Government to house 200 Jewish refugees during the second World War.

Land above the Melon House and Conservatory has now been leased by Gwrych Trust from the owners Castell Developments.

Also leased are the formal gardens which are a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest.

They have Tree Protection Orders for some of the oldest trees in the area.

Gwyrch Castle to reopen after three decades

The castle has been used as a film set. Credit: Gwyrch Trust

Gwyrch Castle in Conwy is open to the public tomorrow for the first time since the 1980s.

It's since fallen into disrepair, although planning permission has been obtained to turn it into a luxury hotel.

It was last open to the public in 1985. Credit: Gwyrch Trust


Owner's dogs break leg each in 'million-to-one' chance

Coastguards came to the aid of a woman in Conwy this afternoon when both of her dogs each broke a leg in a 'million-to-one' chance.

The woman and the first injured dog were being helped to a car park near a Conwy beach, when the second break occurred.

The team helped the injured animals to her car and arranged for a vet at nearby Llandudno to examine the dogs.

It is not clear how the dogs hurt themselves, although there are boulders for sea defences in the area.

Dolphins seen off the coast of north Wales

Bottlenose dolphins have been sighted off the coast of north Wales. Credit: Laurence Clark

Dozens of bottlenose dolphins have been spotted off the coast of north Wales.

Although dolphins are not uncommon off the coastline, it's rare to see them so far north. It's believed more and more are swimming north for quieter waters. Many have been spotted as far north at Rhyl and Conwy.

Volunteers for the Sea Watch Foundation have been surveying the area after a number of recent sightings.

Many have been seen off the coast of Rhyl and Conwy. Credit: Laurence Clark
It's uncommon for dolphins to be sighted so far north. Credit: Laurence Clark
Volunteers have been surveying the area since the sightings. Credit: Laurence Clark
Dolphins are not uncommon in our waters, but are seen further south in areas like Cardigan Bay. Credit: Laurence Clark
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