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Sunday 23rd June 2019 

Walk 1: Senior Ridge Leader Phil Murray

Grade 1  6.5 miles  Start 0830hrs. 

Walk 2: Beddgelert & Llyn Llewelyn Leader Susan Hilton

Grade 2-3  7 miles Start 0830hrs. 

John Roberts` blog re Jenny`s walk from Benllech to Traeth Dulas 

Continuing the series of walks around the coast of Anglesey, 26 walkers met up at the exposed car park at Traeth Dulas on a cool cloudy morning.


A short walk to the main road across fields brought us on gently rising ground to the main road and to Pilot`s Boat Inn, where the coach pick up point had been arranged.  There followed the ride to Benllech and the start of the walk from the seashore.  The path was narrow but secure and with some well-placed caravan/holiday home sites to our left the superb vista over blue sea and over Benllech and beyond emerged.  The whole part of the coast seems sheltered from the prevailing wind and as the morning progressed the sun came out, and with-it humidity and heat.  The air was clear and soon we could see beyond the Great Orme and then all the Carneddau Mountains.  We stopped for mid-morning refreshments with a single jet ski below breaking the quiet as it thumped along at seemingly maximum revolutions.


We passed Traeth Bychan and made rapid progress towards Moelfre.  The whole coastline is a Geologist's paradise and we looked down onto the long line of limestone pavement just above maximum tidal height.  David explained that extensive limestone quarrying had taken place on this coast over millennia and indeed the Holyhead Breakwater had been built from stone the stone taken.


These are very dangerous waters with hundreds of wrecks with significant loss of life.  Most famous is the 1859 disaster of the Royal Charter nearing the end of her voyage from Australia to Liverpool being wrecked off Moelfre with the loss of 400 lives. The Moelfre lifeboat station is famous for the bravery of its various crews over generations.  Very notable was a rescue in 1959, and Silver Sea gallantry medals were awarded to the five crew members who had managed to rescue all crewmen from the wrecked freighter Hindlea in seemingly impossible conditions - the lifeboat taking to sea in hurricane force winds. The coxswain was Richard Evans, who amassed two gold medals, a bronze medal and the British Empire Medal for his lifeboat exploits. He is commemorated by a statue near to the boat house.


The path led us to a point opposite Ynys Moelfe where we stopped for lunch.  The little island seemed popular with the sea birds with many basking on the rocks.  After a two-minute warning were walking again towards Traeth Lligwy - with superb views.  David also related the story about the tragedy of the submarine Thetis which sank off Llandudno in 1939 and which was intentionally beached near here so as to recover the 99 lost crew and subsequently repair the craft which was renamed the Thunderbolt - before this too was sunk with all crew lost later in the war.


As we left the Moelfre area we came across a modern sculpture of three monoliths of stainless steel, copper and slate.  Incredibly the sculptor was sitting next to it.  He is the artist Keith Shone [dob 1931] famous for his pictures of Snowdonia mountains and as an illustrator of boys comics- and so we had the privilege of chatting to him for a short time.  Later on, we saw a work of art in the form of a sail which could move in the wind.  On the one side was painted a calm sea and on the other a tempestuous sea and the Royal Charter being wrecked.


We were now approaching Traeth Dulas and here half a dozen of us walkers - the last in the pack, made the elementary mistake of failing to see the arrow marking the coastal path.  After a few hundred yards we realised our mistake, and Barry`s map showed that we had to retrace our way back to the straight and narrow otherwise we would end up in the mire.  The rest of the group had patiently waited, and we were greeted with laughter and clapping when we caught up.


The return to the cars followed the morning path and the GPS told us we had done a little over 9 miles.  Thanks to Jenny for the lead and for the time and effort of her Recce.  We all had a superb day.


John Roberts  16/06/2019