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Sunday 23rd September 2018

Walk 1. Llyn Cwmstradlyn Horseshoe Leader Paul Edwards Grade 1  7 miles Start 0800hrs.

Walk 2.  PwllGlas  Leader Charlotte Hughes  Grade 3  6 miles Start 0930hrs.


John Roberts` blog re Monica`s walk from Four Mile Bridge to Rhosneigr


This walk along Anglesey Coastal path, is part of the series planned to take members eventually right around the island.


The day started with very poor weather, with heavy rain, strong winds and low cloud along the N Wales coast.  However as the starting point at the Oyster Catcher approached, one could see a brightening from the west and our faith in the weather forecast returned. 


Twenty four of us caught the coach which arrived promptly on time, and before long we had started along the shoreline path by the tidal marches, at Four Mile Bridge.  The tide was low, and a rim of sea weed and tiny dead crabs showed most of the path in this section is inundated at high water.


The temperature started to climb and over-trousers etc were put away.  Soon Tyddyn y Cob was behind us,  and there was some difficult map navigation to follow.  We had morning coffee on the side of an inlet, in shelter and dilute warm sun.


The route followed the coast towards Penrhyn-hwlad where a dicey looking short cut across the estuary to Felin Wen was probably used in yesteryear.  Our route however followed the estuary along a good path which had an abundance of large juicy blackberries demanding consumption.  Again, later on this path showed the signs of recent high tide and we were thankful for the careful planning of the walk.


The route went inland by a very large field of nearly ripe maize, and then the yellow posts of RAF Valley landing lights were passed, and we soon arrived at the viewing spot at the end of the runway.  Lunch was had here in warm pleasant sunshine.


Dave mentioned that near this area, in WW2 when land was being dug for the runway, a huge hoard of Iron Age items were uncovered in the nearby Llyn Cerrig Bach.  It is thought they could have been offerings to Druid gods in a last desperate attempt to stave off the advancing Roman legions in AD60.  The Roman historian Tacitus gives a dramatic account of the invasion of Mona.


On the recce, Monica said the airfield was very busy, with low flying jets roaring overhead but today there were just a few motor cycles racing around the perimeter. 


The next part of the walk took us along the long shoreline Traeth Cymyran.  The tide was coming in and the sunlight on the rough seas and the sound of the breaking waves, seemed to give the whole place an exhilarating energy.  For some of us this was the best part of the walk.  We noticed a Kestrel hovering over a dune looking for it`s afternoon tea, and Louise mentioned their dwindling numbers.  Dave spoke of the ship wrecked here, the "Norman Court" sister to "Cutty Sark",  and the valiant rescue in 1883.


Through the dunes we then passed, and then over the estuary bridge, where Ian took a photo, and soon we were walking through Rhosneigr.  It seemed that most people wore wet suits around here, and there were surfers, sail boarders and jet skiers aplenty.  Some good looking surfing waves were breaking at Traeth Llydan with a mixture of Kayakers and Boarders enjoying their sport.


All too soon we arrived at the Oyster Catcher where we had refreshments.  Ian said we had gone 8 miles and had done a total ascent of 314 foot.  The distance was just right for the day, and we all had a very enjoyable walk in ideal conditions.  Thanks go to Monica for the lead and to her [and companions] who did the recce.


John Roberts 16/09/2018