Friday 30 October 2015
Moelfre to Bull Bay
Harbour Hotel, Cemaes
It was raining when I woke up and I had a long day ahead. I had a big breakfast and decided I could wait until 8.30 at the latest to leave (the forecast was for the rain to clear but the sky was quite dark). I donned my waterproof and headed out. After 20 minutes the rain stopped and gradually the day brightened.
Moelfre has a rather smart-looking lifeboat station and heritage centre; it’s proud of its lifeboat.
I better understood this pride when I passed the memorial to the 450 souls lost in 1859 when the Royal Charter sailing cutter was shipwrecked near to the town.
Today’s walk spent a lot of time on the cliff top, the path going up and down. It was great, but hard work. First I had to get around the large and beautiful beaches in Dulas Bay.
I had to go inland quite a way to cross the Afon Goch and there was plenty of marshland around the edge of Traeth Dulas (Dulas Beach).
As I walked up through Dulas village I saw a couple of red squirrels; compensation for not seeing any in Formby! Anglesey has eradicated the grey variety and only has red ones.
The cliff top walk to Point Lynas was stunning. Great views across to the mainland and beautiful Autumn colours on the cliffs. Also, lots of cows and pheasants!
I rounded the NE corner of Anglesey and saw the loveliest bay for swimming. If only I was still carrying my swimming costume!
I headed along the N coast, opposite the small rocky isle of East Mouse, to Amlwch, Wales’ most Northerly town.
Amlwch’s history is based on copper mining at Parys Mountain just behind it. At one point in the 18th Century this was the most productive copper mine in the world, producing copper for coins and copper-bottomed boats to keep the Royal Navy afloat. Amlwch Port itself was looked like it hadn’t changed in centuries. I didn’t have time to go in the Copper Kingdom Centre, but it looked like it had an interesting story to tell. This place was stuck in the last century (or maybe the one before).
Just around the Cliff was Bull Bay, where I caught the bus to the cheapest hotel I could find, along the coast at Cemaes. The hotel was fine and in fact, I was pleasantly surprised by the standard of the food. My pumpkin soup was a particular highlight.