Day 213 Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch 

Wednesday 4 November 2015

Newborough to Menai Bridge 

15 miles

Bulkeley Arms

 

There’s even help with the pronunciation!
 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.  

big, slippery stepping stones across the Afon Braint
 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.  

Caernarfon through the gloom, across the Menai Straits
 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.  

Caernarfon Castle just visible on the right
 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.  

Y Felinheli
 The coastal path headed inland again to get around a large estate and I walked past another chambered cairn.  

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.. 

The sign on the train station
 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! 

The Toll Gate House
 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 Marquess of Anglesey’s Column
 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.  

Telford’s Menai Bridge, 1826
  
Robert Stephenson’s Britannia Bridge, 1850
 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.  

Ynys Gored Goch
 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!  

A fake street in Menai Bridge
 I also saw a great barbers.  

read the sign carefully!
 The best though had to be the stunning views of the wonderful bridges. A great way to end my walk around Anglesey. 

Britannia Bridge

3 thoughts on “Day 213 Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch 

  1. Zephyrine November 5, 2015 / 5:04 pm

    I fair enjoyed your walk around Anglesey on a wet November Lancaster day – brought back some lovely holiday memories, I used to visit regularly in the 1980s/90s. – The unseasonally warm weather must have been a boon for you. Z x

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  2. Chris Frazer November 5, 2015 / 6:38 pm

    Another great day…….some great views & impressive bridges……you are seeing the best and the weather adds to the special memories……lovely post.

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    • Lucy November 5, 2015 / 6:47 pm

      Hi Chris. As ever, thanks for all the comments – good morale for me. This Autumn has been particularly good over here and the tree colours amazing. It’s been worth heading inland a few times. The ferns on Anglesey gave lots of colour too. I’m still finding lots to enjoy. Sometimes I amaze myself at that.

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