Wednesday 28 October 2015
Bangor to Beaumaris, Anglesey
The Liverpool Arms
Another fine day. Esta and Alan very kindly drove me back to Bangor in the morning; yet another drive along the A55, a road I’m getting to know, with all the beautiful Autumn colours of the trees on show. We arrived late morning and went for an early lunch at the end of Bangor Pier.
We had a Welsh Tea – tea with welsh cakes and bara brith. I was packed off with the leftovers as a picnic.
I said goodbye again and headed the short distance to the Menai Suspension Bridge. It is a good-looking bridge designed by Thomas Telford and opened in 1826 to complete the London to Holyhead road (the A5).
Crossing the Menai Straits meant I was now on the Isle of Anglesey, with its 125 mile long coast path.
Once I was out of the aptly-named town next to the bridge, Menai Bridge, the coast path followed the minor roads along slightly higher ground. This afforded me some good views across to Snowdonia, in particular up the Nant Francon Valley to Tryfan. I did also see Snowdon.
Beaumaris is a smart, touristy town and I arrived just as the sun was setting.
I wandered around to see the castle, built in 1295 by Edward I and considered the most technically perfect of his 4 North Wales castles.
The view from the end of Beaumaris’ small pier as the sun set was quite lovely. I was able to linger and enjoy it as I was staying on the high street. The room was adequate and I didn’t have to leave the premises to get some dinner.