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Sunday 21st April 2019

Walk 1.  Pwll Glas Leader Jenny Mellor Grade 2-3  8.5 miles Start 0900hrs.

John Roberts` blog re Susan`s  Beaumaris to Glan Yr Afon [Anglesey walk 10]


Susan, together with Dot, Linda, Angela and Karen had formed a team to lead this section in our series of Angelsey Coast Path walks.  It was good also to see the return of Peter, who has put much effort into the planning of these walks.

Twenty five members met up at Llangoed to be picked up by the coach and taken to Beaumaris.  There were plenty of snow patches on the mountains and a very cold wind as if from the Baltic [Mel], blew from the east, and off the Menai Straights.

Starting off from the pier, the path follows the road and goes passed the large property of Fryers.  It was in this area that in WW2 "Catalina" flying boats were flown in from the USA to be refurbished and armed. It was an RAF Catalina that had passed through Fryars that finally found the Bismarck after it had escaped in bad weather.

Just offshore are the sand banks known as "Dutchman's Bank" the site in 1831 of the sad loss of the paddle steamer "Rothsay Castle" with the loss of life of 130 of her 150 passengers and crew.  There are many wrecks in these straights, which are among the most dangerous waters in the UK.

We proceeded along the rocky shore line and sat against the banks for refreshments and admired the view across the straights.  The Carneddau range, Elidir Fawr and the Glyderau were notable and a small number of boats, motor and sail headed out to sea.  After the five minute warning the walk resumed along an extraordinary length of coast.  The land here is finished in a cliff perhaps 10 -20 meters high and composed of bands of compressed sands and gravels sharply defined.  An expert would be needed to interpret the sight, which may have finally been left as it is from glacial influence.

We finished the beach and went down a minor road to the Penmon area and the remains of the Augustinian Priory.  Here we had lunch and an exploration of the ruins and the church.  As ever, Brenda generously handed out some very nice chocolates.  Some went to the well of St Seiriol [6th century] to touch the crystal clear water - noted for it`s healing powers. The next objective was the headland at the Trwyn Du lighthouse.   Built in 1838 in response to the loss of life when the  "Rothsay Castle" ran aground, this now automated lighthouse has a beam which can be seen for 12 miles.  Across the sound is "Puffin Island now owned by the Bulkley Family. St Seriol built an early settlement in the 6th C on the island, later with the religious population increasing, they lived by catching puffins and pickling them in barrels and selling them to England, using the same techniques to preserve Oysters.  In recent years both rat and rabbit have been eliminated, and this has done much to enable the island to be a home for sea birds.

We now headed inland along good paths and walked beside the high walls of the former deer park.  It was now noticeably warming up and the going was pleasant and easy back to the cars.

Our thanks go to our leaders for their time and for doing the Reece.  They had some patience when sometimes a few of us would take the chance to look around some of the very interesting features of this walk.  Dave provided some good information for the walk, some of which is reproduced here.

John D Roberts 14/04/2019