Autumn on Anglesey

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Well, I don’t really need to say that it’s been a funny old year but, of course, it has been. As a consequence, our original plan for a transatlantic trip for our main summer holiday had to be abandoned (luckily we hadn’t quite got round to booking anything). After restrictions were lifted, we decided to try to book a self catering cottage somewhere but were a little slow off the mark and we couldn’t find anything suitable during the main holiday period. I’d taken a couple of short walking breaks in the Lakes on my own, but we hadn’t been away together. J fancied a holiday near the sea, and that sounded like a good idea to me – a change from the mountains. Looking at my work diary I found a couple of options during September and after some searching found a self catering “cottage” in Anglesey which had a free week. So we snapped it up.

So the last Friday in September, I finished work early, loaded up the car and then drove down the M6, M56 and A55 over to the island off the coast of North Wales via Stevenson’s Britannia Bridge (well, the reconstructed version).

Looking over the sea to the mountains of Snowdonia

We were staying on the north west coast of the island, a little inland near the village of Moelfre (pronounced something like Moyle-vre),

Moelfre

although only a 20 minute walk cross country to the sea near to the very attractive beach at Traeth Lligwy (Lligwy Bay). Our “cottage”, in reality a modern semi detatched, purpose built two storey house, had the main living room on the first floor as from the large window there was a view over green fields over to the bay – hence the name of the accommodation, “Sea View”.

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Traeth LLigwy

We were pretty lucky with the weather. Looking outside as I write this the week after our holiday it’s raining in heavily and it’s been like that on and off since we got back (although it was reasonably OK on Sunday). During our holiday, though, it was sunny most days – just a day and a half of rain.

A windy day on the coastal path
Cliffs near Moelfre

We wanted a relaxing break so no rushing around in the car – we only went out in it on one day, and even then only for a relatively short journey. So we spent our time walking along the coastal path (an excellent stretch of rocky cliffs and sandy bays), pottering about and, on the rainy days, catching up on some reading (or, in J’s case, watching the tennis as the French Open had started). I even had the chance to climb a “mountain”, or at least what passes for a mountain on the mainly flat island. And there were ancient monuments to visit (no, I’m not talking about myself!!!) a short distance away. I enjoyed just looking out of the window too (ignoring the several small caravan sites) over the fields to the bay and one of the ancient monuments (a Medieval chapel) was visible in the distance too.

We were a little worried on the Tuesday evening when we heard that 4 local authorities in North wales were introducing some tight restrictions including not allowing anyone in or out unless they had a good reason (e.g. work or medical). Luckily Anglesey wasn’t one of them, but our route home on the A55 went through 3 of them – Conwy, Denbigh and Flint. Initial fears of a very long diversion were soon proven to be unfounded as you were allowed to drive through them, provided you didn’t stop (with some exceptions that – e.g. if you needed fuel)

So, lots to write up over the next few days or weeks, during the autumnal evenings, to relive my memories of an enjoyable holiday

21 thoughts on “Autumn on Anglesey

  1. You’ve just been to one of my most favourite places. With the exception of this year I’ve camped at the same site on Anglesey at least twice a year – three or four times some years – since 1997. I love it there and class it as my second home, been there so many times I think I know every road and minor lane on the island 🙂 I’ve walked several sections of the coast path – one part of it goes through the site I stay on – and a couple of years ago I walked one section while in search of an old abandoned brick works. It was quite a hairy experience and it was only later I found out that it was one of the most difficult sections of the whole path.

    I’m glad you enjoyed your break and the weather was mostly good for you. I’m looking forward to reading more about my favourite island, it’ll be nice to get someone else’s take on the place I love 🙂

    • I’ve spent quite a few years dashing through Anglesey on the A55 to Holyhead to visit another island we both love – Ireland – mainly for work. Last year we had our first holiday on Anglesey and enjoyed it so wanted to explore more (I’d also spent a weekend on a sea kayaking weekend). I hadn’t realised before then just how stunning the coast was so it was an obvious choice this year when we wanted a holiday near the sea.

      We didn’t get up to the old brickworks (on the north coast?). We visited Cemaes but didn’t go walking on the coast there. I’d like to walk that section there and there’s a circular walk that goes to the brickworks

  2. So nice to see you getting away for a few days. It looks like you had a very relaxing break and the photos are, as usual, fabulous. I especially like the one with the dark sea and sunlit clouds.

    • Thanks Margaret. I managed to get quite a few decent snaps. The light was very good most of the time and the scenery very photogenic
      Hope you’re settling in to your retirement.

  3. Well thanks for the travelling you’ve done for me. We are not so spirited to go off and rent a self service place…we’re a bit chicken, although others I know have. We’re making do with day adventures or doing them in our imagination. Anglesey does look like a great getaway. And what was that I was reading about a cross Atlantic trip…hmmm? I think when Americans are allowed to visit other countries-a lot more than those offered, we might be puddle jumping! Someday soon.
    Hello’s to all! K

    • The way a certain person in washington is going around spreading this damn virus I think we’ll have to put a big wall around the USA! (I wonder who came up with that idea – but for a different reason 🤣)

      Seriously though, it’s a pity you’ve not been able to get away. Over here all holiday accommodation have to put in place deep cleaning between lets and other measures – although some properties take it more seriously than others. The one way stayed in certainly seemed to be very conscientious about it.
      I hope you do manage to get over soon to see your son and his family and explore whatever parts of the country are not under special measures.

  4. I think we crossed to Anglesey for the day decades ago when visiting a friend who was a junior doctor in Bangor (now retired). However, Eunice’s blog over the last few years has inspired me to think of a holiday there. It’s a bit far for us these days (it’s a miracle if you can plan anything that actually comes off!) but eventually … Anyway, I look forward to visiting virtually via your posts.

    • Not a complicated, but a very long, journey down to North Wales from Glasgow.
      We’re lucky in having 4 national parks less than a couple of hours drive away, but being restricted this year has made me keen to get up to the wilds of the Scottish Highlands and Islands if this situation ever ends.

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