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Sunday 17th February 2019

Walk 1. Cilcain & Moel Famau  Leader Amanda Jones  Grade 2   8 miles Start 0830hrs.

John Roberts` blog re Pat and Ann`s walk Brynsiencyn to Menai Bridge


This walk continues the club`s plan to walk around Anglesey following the coastal path. On a damp cloudy morning twenty members met up at the Public Car Park by St Mary`s church to be met by the coach and taken to Brynsiencyn.


Some of the coastal path here has to follow minor roads, but this is unavoidable as the extensive lands of Plas Newydd block a direct route.  A prominent feature nearby is the Marquess of Anglesey`s column.  Marquess Henry Paget was second in command at Waterloo.  He led a spectacular charge of the British heavy cavalry against a strong French column which checked and in part routed the French Army.  He is famous for his understatement uttered to Wellington when his leg was shot off at the end of the battle.


Starting from Brynsiencyn we walked down a good track towards Llanidan and to the coast.  The straights are strewn with stones of geological interest in that there are many types from ages back to almost 500 million years with some of them carried by ice sheets from Scotland.  We crunched along the shoreline and stopped for morning coffee in warm sunshine taking in the good views across the straights and down to the Rivals.


Continuing our route, we walked towards Moel y Don and followed the minor road before crossing the main road and continuing to Bryncelli Ddu.  The group went inside this archaeological monument which is of great importance, and is still being studied - there being a possible astronomical purpose to the site as well as for burial.


The mound came in handy for us as a wind break and here we had lunch in the sun, in a wind getting cooler.  Leaving the site we went through fields and passed Llwyn Onn to the main road.  Thankfully there is a pavement along this stretch and with it relative safety and we then turned right to go by the side of woods to Pwll Fanogl.  This was a busy place in yester year with boat building and ferrying of livestock and slate from Felinheli.  Today only a solitary swan greeted us as we walked along the narrow path leading once more to the stony shore.  The Menai Bridges dominate the view here and soon the large statue built to commemorate Lord Nelson and his Trafalgar victory comes to view.  The statue was made unusually out of concrete, one of the Lords Paget being interested in experimenting with this durable material for statues  The Admiralty wanted it also as a navigational aid, and so it still proudly stands.


Just a few yards later we arrived at St Mary`s church yard to the aroma of wild garlic.  Most of the memorial stones are of purple Welsh slate and have weathered well.  Dave showed us the memorial to those killed while building the Menai bridges.


The walk was just over 7 miles and surprisingly had almost 600 foot of total ascent.  Most of us had refreshments at Pringles Llanfair PG.  We thanked Pat and Ann for the lead which took in some interesting places and sights, and to Peter for the arrangements.


John D Roberts 10/02/2019