Friday, 22 August 2014

More Anglesey wanderings

Looking towards the Ferry terminal Holyhead

Another sunny day, another visit to the holy isle. Bill and I have been walking the Anglesey coastal path. This time we did a short section from Penrhos Coastal Park to Holyhead and Trearddur bay to Rhoscolyn.
Penrhos Coastal Park & Nature Reserve overlooks the sandbanks and mudflats of the Beddmanarch Bay.  Obviously a local favourite for its beach and dog walking territory as the car park was chokka, ice cream & snack van in situ.  As on our previous walk more stunning views, this time towards Holyhead Mountain   and the main isle.
The watchful wader - Curlew
The park is known to attract a variety of seabirds, wildfowl and waders.  In July you’d have found the group on Holyhead prom looking for tysties (black guillemots). I have to admit despite the glorious weather there weren’t many birds out sunbathing, a few gulls, oystercatcher, shag and the highlight of the area an obliging Curlew on the shore.
There are Mixed deciduous & coniferous woods along the path, mixed flocks of Tits, Wren, Chaffinch & Robin were seen and heard flitting along the woodland fringe of the path.
Shady resting place for beloved pets
Along the wooded area of the path  you will come across the pet graveyard, memorials to beloved Brandy, Barney and Tiggy puss to name a few, endearing but sad all the same
The Park also has a number of freshwater ponds and ditches to several small pockets of reed bed. The pond by the car park had a few Mallards, duck food available at the van! 

Trearddur Bay is welsh for Arthur's has 2 beaches, one a fine sandy sweeping curve favourited by families, the other smaller with a flotilla of moored boats, canoes and surfboarders.

Trearddur's sailors
This is 'the' walk to  do, the scenery and coastal formations form Trearddur to Rhoscolyn are to be seen, on a clear day the vista stretches out before you towards the Snowdonia Mountains. Besides if your favoured you will be accompanied by Stonechats, Ravens and Choughs - fantastic.

Kronker the Raven
The path goes across the grassy headlands,the cliff top route includes an ancient well, two sea arches and a stunning view with every step! 

Coastal path

The Black arch 

Further on the White Arch, an impressive gleaming white rock arch,
White arch

At Porth Saint. The rocks here are very colourful, ranging from rusty brown to pink, and are Cambrian in origin, and show a huge geological fold in the rocks.

Porth Saint

Cliff top rest with a view

The lookout- now run by volunteers

The Coastguard Lookout post at the highest point of the walk. The lookout is a superb viewpoint, wonderful views of the distant mountains and the Llyn Peninsula, close inshore is a rocky island, Ynys Gwylanod (Isle of Seagulls) with the navigational Rhoscolyn beacon tower on it.

View towards wales

Beacon island

Oh and just to finish this was  a lovely Windy Wheatear on Leasowe Prom the day after!!

1 comment:

Ann Tomo said...

It was blowing a hoolie here, seems to have it's own micro climate Anglesey!

Ann Tomo