Wednesday 4 November 2015
Newborough to Menai Bridge
The room in the pub I was staying at was newly decorated and clean, and breakfast was pretty good, so I was happy to stay a 2nd night. This meant I could walk with a lighter pack today.
I caught the bus back to Newborough, just along the road from Malltraeth. It was another damp and grey day so I decided not to bother walking through Newborough Forest and down to Llandwyn Island; there wouldn’t be any views and it would just add 5 wet miles to my day.
I walked down to Newborough Warren to see the large expanse of dunes (a common theme on this section of coast). After that I followed the coast path across numerous muddy fields on its protracted route to the actual coast.
I arrived at the Menai Straits opposite Caernarfon. There were remnants of an old pier where the ferrymen used to cross the Straits before the bridges were built.
As usual, there were plenty of wading birds about so I didn’t feel the need to go in the Sea Zoo that I passed.
The coastal path headed inland again to get around a large estate and I walked past another chambered cairn.
By mid-afternoon the cloud was lifting a little and I saw some blue sky and sun. This was just in time for my arrival at the town called: The Church of St Mary in a hollow of white Hazel near to a rapid whirlpool and to St Tsylio’s Church and near to a red cave, otherwise known locally as Llanfair P.G..
Naturally this small town, which is the first one in Anglesey across the main Britannia Bridge, is quite a tourist Mecca. At the entrance to the town is the old Toll Gate, with its charges still visible: only 4d for every horse, mule or other cattle drawing a coach or carriage with springs!
Llanfair P.G. also has a 27m high monument known as the Marquess of Anglesey’s Column. It was built in 1816 to commemorate the Battle of Waterloo and a bronze statue of Henry Paget, First Marquess of Anglesey and second in command to Wellington, was added in 1860. It is possible to climb the monument (for a fee) and the views would be stunning. It was closed when I arrived and it wasn’t a great day for views anyway.
The main road between Llanfair P.G. and Menai Bridge affords some of the best views on the whole of Anglesey I think. You get to admire both bridges, the Menai Straits and the mountain backdrop.
The Ynys Gored Goch island sits between the 2 bridges. Gored means tidal fish trap and there is a stone wall around it to trap the fish as the tide recedes.
At Menai Bridge I walked past the Welsh equivalent of Coronation Street (I only know this because Elise told me and there were camera crew lurking about). Good job I didn’t try and go in the cafe!
I also saw a great barbers.
The best though had to be the stunning views of the wonderful bridges. A great way to end my walk around Anglesey.