Walking Day 12 – Treaddur to Holyhead (including a detour to the summit of Holyhead Mountain)

Two brothers, two children, and a dog were our starting companions.

After the photo, Will drove to the end and walked back towards us. Dewi had to peel off mid way to go to work, Geraint was with us on and off, school friend Sue and Chris joined for occasional sections, and Angharad joined for the last bit, so a big jumble of family comings and goings.

What we call the Scooby Doo house on the outskirts of Treaddur.

Like yesterday, it was just one lovely cove after another. Photos just can’t do it justice.

Saw some people “coasteering” (they had all the safety gear, but they still must be mad!).

Distant views of South Stack
Looking back at South Stack

The Robinson contingent decided to do the optional detour up Holyhead Mountain (in for a penny, etc). Great views from the top over to where we started on Day 1 with Tricia.

Old watchtower

Then down to and up again from North Stack before skirting the edge of the Breakwater Country Park. Passed another spooky house on outskirts of Holyhead.

Passing the sailing club, nearly there…

Prosecco and cake at the finish! 19km / 12 miles today. Not counting the mountain!

The real icing on the cake was very near the end – 4 seals basking in this cove, including one extremely noisy baby! You could see them clearly through the binoculars.

A varied and fantastic walk, would definitely recommend it. Finally, this unsung hero walked all but 1 and a half days of it, when he was fetching and carrying.

Walking Day 11 – Four Mile Bridge to Treaddur

A big campsite cooked breakfast with the kids and the fact that the book said this was a shorter section resulted in our latest start time at 11.30. Tide was high at Four Mile Bridge so we had to detour around by road and with a little help from a very friendly local man. There are a lot of handy boardwalks over boggy sections on this part of the walk.

Poppy the Bog Dog chose to ignore most of these.

The coastline around Rhoscolyn is just stunning.

Coffee stop at Silver Bay

Bethan, Will and Poppy swam

There were rose hips galore.

Joined briefly by Angharad and Linda at our late lunchtime at Rhoscolyn

Geraint joined later, walking towards us using the “other way round” book.

Today’s nature spots included mountain goats.

Mushroom fairy circle

This scenery could be the Algarve! Bethan and Will went up.

Finish photo taken by Cathy at Treaddur Bay.

Walking Day 10 – Aberffraw to Four Mile Bridge

Had a day off on Thursday to move the Pod to a different pitch of the campsite so that we can be next to Tomos, Bethan and Will. Then had lunch with Cathy and Roger before picking Tom up from the request stop at Bodorgan station.

Walk on Friday begins with headlands and lovely bays.

As it was high tide we couldn’t visit the little church on the island. I’ve visited it before and it will be a good excuse for the others to return. It did look great standing proud on its own private island.

Another diversion past the Motor Racing circuit which restricts access to another bit of coast 🙁 Also very noisy!

Now here’s a funny thing, we knew there was another ancient burial chamber coming up (Barclodiad y Gawres) but we were so busy snacking, chatting and looking out to sea that we walked right over it! Another place to visit next time. Very impressive location when you look back at it.

Lunch spot was award winning (according to Kingsmill in 2013).

Just the place to sample the very large oranges disguised as grapefruit that Cathy had brought! Notice also that the picnic table is half covered in sand dune.

Bit of a mix up (my fault) over meeting location with Bethan and Will meant we hung around RAF Valley for about half an hour. Quite a lot of practice take offs and landings happening so very loud.

The rest of the day was walking around every angle of an estuary. A ruined causeway would have once been a short cut.

Met up with Bethan, Will and Poppy and into Four Mile Bridge with them.

A very long day (the longest section at 23km / 14 miles, and we were very glad of the Fish and Chip shop in Malltraeth!

Walking Day 9 – Newborough to Aberffraw

Misty start. These white ponies are opposite the end of the lane to the campsite. There were swans and a heron too. Really atmospheric.

First part of the walk was along the edge of Newborough Warren. The pines, along with marram grass were planted to stabilise the dunes and protect farm land from blown sand.

More ponies (to keep the weeds down).

Lots of beautiful, dew covered spiders’ webs.

Along the beach to Llanddwyn Island. Once we had checked that the tide was definitely on the way out, we took boots off and paddled across so we had the island mostly to ourselves. I just love it there, Nick was finally convinced and Simon and Chris were amazed at how lovely it is. Particularly liked all the beautifully carved wooden gates.

More forest walk to Malltraeth. Nick guessed correctly what this rope suspended from 2 telegraph poles was (we googled it to check!).

Red squirrel crossing

Lunched on the cob at Malltraeth, which protects the area inland from becoming more salt flats.

Annoyingly the path then needs to go inland along country lanes to skirt the Bodorgan estate where there is no public access to the coast. Other home owners along the route have provided access. Maybe one day we’ll be able to see that headland.

Over the dunes to the gob smacking beach at Aberffraw. According to the guy walking his dogs, it was virtually deserted in lockdown. Even when the crowds come they don’t stray far from the car park.

Walk finished with a coffee on the old bridge at Aberffraw.

21km / 13 miles.

Walking Day 8 – Llanfairpwll to Newborough

Writing this a couple of days later, due to long days and another move (just to a different part of the same campsite in Malltraeth).

Started in Llanfairpwll, where I lived from age 9 to 18, and have visited several times a year ever since.

Toll house in Llanfairpwll. The attached hall is home to the first ever Women’s Institute and where our chapel met after our old building was sold in the 1970s

On the shore past St Mary’s church is statue of Admiral Nelson, who sailed these turbulent waters.

Nelson

No photographic evidence but saw a seal just by the statue. Disappeared just before the noisy rib tour came past – maybe heard them before we did!

After Pwllfangol, the route goes inland around Plas Newydd. Got totally lost in a field of cows and put off by an electric fence. We did have to go over it in the end but wasted time attempting an alternative route through a wood!

Visited Bryn Celli Ddu burial chamber https://cadw.gov.wales/visit/places-to-visit/bryn-celli-ddu-burial-chamber

Bryn Celli Ddu
Not sure of significance of toy cat amongst the objects people have left inside Bryn Celli Ddu. It can count as a wildlife spot!

Back towards shore for our lunch stop.

Ruins of Llanidan church

Past Halen Mon (Anglesey Sea Salt) and Sea Zoo and views over to Caernarfon. Who allowed that horrible development that obscures the castle?

Got lost again in another field (it’s always a field) but after deciding not to wade through knee deep slurry, found the path clearly sign posted just after the field entrance. Oops.

Nice un-muddy field shot

Fun on the stepping stones across the Afon Braint.

Seemed to take ages to reach the car park, mostly via roads. This was one of the longest days, probably due to getting lost twice and visiting Bryn Celli Ddu. Glad we did though. 19km, 12 miles.

Walking Day 7 – Beaumaris to Llanfairpwll

Very leisurely start today with a coffee stop at the cafe by Beaumaris pier. I walked back to last finishing point (day before yesterday) by the castle to make sure I’ve done it all.

Today’s walking companions (plus Nick). Up to 30 people can meet outside in Wales at the moment.

A lot of today was along minor roads rather than along the coast. Lovely views of the mountains though.

Mountains and Bangor Pier

Met the coast again at Menai Bridge.

Towards the Menai Bridge

The route takes you under Telford’s Menai Suspension Bridge which was the only road crossing for most of the time I lived on Anglesey.

Met up with Angharad and Linda on the Belgian Prom, today’s lunch spot.

Built by asylum seekers in early 20th century

The walk between the new bridges (iconic postcard views) includes a new boardwalk through the woods that comes out by Carreg Bran where we had our wedding reception 35 years ago. As we had the best man, chief bridesmaid and giver away with us we had a couple of photos next to the sign. To follow when I get them!

Towards the Britannia Bridge

This is where we will pick up tomorrow.

Selfie outside the chapel where we were married

Bit light on photos of wildlife today but here are a few.

Many butterflies in this hedge
Incredibly noisy seagull
Rare pair of black topped trainers
One of the stone lions guarding the Britannia Bridge

Walking Day 6 – Pentraeth to Beaumaris

This may be mainly photos today as it was a long day!

Re-traced to where we got to yesterday (so I can say I’ve done it all) and then continued around Red Wharf Bay.

From Llanddona end

Met up with Eli and not only had pleasure of her company to Penmon but also her knowledge on local history and wildlife 😀. Today’s nature spots were…

Adder
About 200 gannets
Tiny little shrew!

Due to it taking a lot longer than I had calculated, Jeremy had 2.5 hour wait in Penmon. Didn’t feel that sorry for him with this view.

Coffee, cake and photo stop at one of our favourite spots.

Stony beach walk to Beaumaris, pub, fish and chips, more walking companions arrived. Half way there!

The chap I met at Lynas 2 days ago sent through a link to his Risso’s dolphin photos. Here are 2.

Walking Day 5 – Moelfre to Pentraeth

Nick dropped us (Robyn, Kate, me off in Moelfre and went back to keep an eye on the awning as gusts of 40mph forecast. So far no damage but it’s going to continue tonight and into tomorrow.

Meanwhile down at Moelfre we retraced the path a bit to take a look at the lifeboat centre (closed) and memorial statue of Richard Evans who led the lifeboat crew who managed to save the crew of a shipwreck in 1959 (100 years after the Royal Charter). Dangerous piece of coastline indeed.

The walk along the cliffs today overlooked beautiful sandy beaches.

Robyn and Kate

The cliffs themselves are limescale and really varied in formation.

There was a big detour along roads before Benllech due to a landslide, which was a shame especially as we didn’t believe it first time so went back and forth a bit! Then static caravan sites for a stretch (not scenic themselves but they have a great view).

Pretty good lunch stop.

Met Nick and went for swift half outside the Ship Inn at Red Wharf Bay (know that pub well from my youth).

Walked across the massive flat tidal sands to today’s finish point near Pentraeth and then walked back to the car at Red Wharf keeping careful eye on the tide that can rush in here.

Shorter walk today (10km, 6 miles) but extra miles around Benllech and doubling back at Red Wharf. Wildlife was 1 red squirrel 🐿 in the woods.

Walking Day 4 – Amlwch Port to Moelfre

Nick dropped me off in Amlwch about 9.30 for a bit of solo walking.

At my own pace I do tend to linger a bit more and it took me a while to even get out of Amlwch Port. My first proper stop was to look at Ffynnongroew Eirian which is a really pretty spot.

Fields and cliffs until I dropped down into Porth Eilian- here is the view back from the next incline.

The guide book (my Bible, written by Carl Rogers ) suggested a detour to Point Lynas. I’m so glad I did. Walking up behind the lighthouse to the end, I heard the blowing of the dolphins before I saw them. About 10 minutes later a couple joined me who knew a lot more than I do and told me they were Risso’s dolphins. Didn’t manage any photos but they offered to email me some of theirs, so if they come through I’ll post them. We counted 6 in all, including a baby and another young one. Absolutely magical, I stayed for ages. Here is my spot with dolphins all hiding.

Dolphin watching and getting lost in a field of cows, meant that Dewi, who was walking towards me from Dulas and Mary walking towards us from Moelfre and Nick walking towards us later from Moelfre all got longer walks than they expected!

Dewi and I had lunch sitting by the lovely St Gwenllwfo church. Some people who passed by told us that one of its stained glass windows has one of the only depictions of Jesus in a straw hat. Unfortunately the church isn’t open but here’s a photo on the notice board.

Across Dulas estuary (luckily tide was out), and beautiful Traeth Ora with its golden sand

to Traeth Lligwy where we had a cuppa. We’d met up with Mary by then. This is the second cafe I’ve seen buckets and spades used as 2m markers. 😂

That’s me, not a bird!

Met Nick and walked into Moelfre together. Tragic shipwreck of the Royal Charter here in 1859 (google it). Here are my later in the day walking companions.