Day 208 NE Anglesey Cliffs and Amlwch 

Friday 30 October 2015

Moelfre to Bull Bay

19 miles

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.    

A row of fishermen’s cottages in Moelfre
 Moelfre has a rather smart-looking lifeboat station and heritage centre; it’s proud of its lifeboat.  

Lifeboat sculpture
Bryn Wylea (Look-Out) sculpture on the headland
 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.  

Memorial to the loss of the Royal Charter in 1859
 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.  

Dulas Bay beaches
 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).  

Walkingb around Traeth Dulas
 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.  

Ynys Dulas, complete with tower; Great Orme in the distance
  
Stunning views as the cloud lifted
 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! 

Point Lynas
  
Lolking back on a hilly walk and beautiful views
 I rounded the NE corner of Anglesey and saw the loveliest bay for swimming. If only I was still carrying my swimming costume! 

Fancy a swim? Porth Eilian
 I headed along the N coast, opposite the small rocky isle of East Mouse, to Amlwch, Wales’ most Northerly town.  

Gorse and ferns all along the cliff top
 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).  

Amlwch Port
 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.  

pumpkin soup for Halloween

3 thoughts on “Day 208 NE Anglesey Cliffs and Amlwch 

  1. Rohan November 5, 2015 / 10:58 am

    Haha pumpkin soup. I did something similar with baby pumpkins last year. This year for fireworks ( last night here at the lighthouse) I did neep (swede in England) bowls for firework soup with sparklers. The passing festivals must enliven your walk and help you along. . I take it the swim spot wasn’t private enough to forget about a cossie.You are inspiring to the rest of us

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    • Lucy November 5, 2015 / 6:43 pm

      Hi Rohan. I bet fireworks at the lighthouse were great – I know your soup would have been amazing. There were too many people about for a skinny dipping. I noted it as a place to return to!

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  2. Chris Frazer November 5, 2015 / 6:43 pm

    Wow! Impressive pics all the way to the Pumpkin soup……no sure about that Airperson Newcombe……..the mountains are particularly impressive and the colours just glorious…UK at it’s best.

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