Wales – Anglesey Day 3

A delay to the final day of our Anglesey trip but its been a busy few weeks.  I have a lot more experiences to post/ catch up on!

Day 3 of our trip to Anglesey was to explore another part of the island.  We had tackled the rocky coastal walk the day before so now, we headed to more of a beach walk for the day.  The sun was shining if not a little breezy!

On our way to the walk, we drove over to South Stack lighthouse to take a look.  The actual car park for South Stacks was full so we went back down to an overflow car park. This means a short walk back up to the visitor center to pay for entry. The walk is coastal and afforded some beautiful views of the lighthouse.  Having taken it all in and almost being blown of the path, we opted not to go all the way down and enter the lighthouse.

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South Stack light house

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South Stack lighthouse

We then headed back over to Rhosneiger to start our walk.  Not too far to drive and we took a quick spin around the village which was pretty to see.  Due to parking challenges, we did end up parking at the Oyster Catcher.  This was a pub previously owned by the Timpson family.  Recently taken over I believe…together with the White Eagle mentioned in Day 2 of our Anglesey trip.

The pub is located at the end of a large beautiful sandy beach.  Its a nice place to stop for food and drinks.  The downstairs ‘pub’ allows dogs as does the upper deck outdoor seating…which comprises of very cute beach huts to sit in.   As the weather was so beautiful, we opted to get straight on the walk and treat ourselves to a nice meal and drinks when we got back.  Little did we know, by the time we got back a couple of hours later, they had shut the kitchens down as the were ‘overwhelmed’..?  Interestingly, the staff complained to us over new management, and we heard similar grumblings the day prior at the White Eagle.  Clearly a takeover that wasn’t going too well!

Back to the walk…we approached the beach through some gorgeous sand dunes.  Fun for the kids to play on as we made our way through.

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Sand Dunes

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climbing and tumbling down

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a high climb!

We headed left and along the large sandy beach.  If this is the main Rhosneiger beach, then its tipped as one of the best sandy beaches in the UK. It certainly looked like it could be.

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Rhosneiger Beach

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Resting on the beach

A walk to the end took around 20-30 minutes…a gentle stroll and the dog playing in the waves.   At the end, we headed up onto a coastal path.

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Coastal path at end of the beach

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Looking back down the path to Rhosneiger beach

Another nice walk that led us around to an ancient burial mound.  It looked like some work was taking place but at some point, it has been ‘open’ to visitors.  We used this as a turnaround spot to head back to the Oyster Catcher.   On top of the mound, looking beyond Rhosneiger beach, there is another smaler cove/ beach.  This too looked like it woudl be worth exploring as today the cove was filled with surfers taking advantge of the breezy weather/ waves.

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Resting on top of the mound

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View of the surfers cove beyond Rhosneiger beach

With the disappointment of the closed kitchen at the Oyster Catcher, we ended up eating at the pub close the rental house The Seacroft.  A very nice meal and would recommend to others!   A great final day in Anglesey and looking forward to revisiting again one day.

Wales – Anglesey Day 2

We had a great day with a spectacular 7 mile hike along the coast.  The hike started from the house, following the road round to a coastal path just beyond the campground at Treardurr Bay.

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Mix of moorland terrain and rocky terrain

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Stormy skies and windy weather made for great waves

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The route took us along the coast….terrain was a mix of rocky, beaches and moorland.   Most of it pretty flat and easy to navigate.   At each turn, the views were breathtaking and as we had the remnants of Storm Katie, waves were whipping up making it much more exciting to watch.   We were lucky enough not to have any rain which was great.  At one turn we happened upon this rocky cliff.  What do you see??

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What do you see?

The walk took us about 4 miles up the coast, passing what we believe was Prince WIlliam’s and Kate’s home after they first wed.  If you recall, he got a job as as a sea rescue pilot on the island for a couple of years.   The house is large but completely isolated.  Far from anywhere or anything.  Probably good security tactics as there is no approaching without being seen.  I can only  imagine its beautiful inside and he views amazing!

Further on round, we come across an ancient Monks bathing house.   My sister in law has visited the island before so she knew a little of the history etc.  This bathing spot was used centuries ago by monks that settled nearby.  Little/ nothing really remains of the monastery but its interesting to think of the solitude they had on the island back then.  Even now, there is little in these remote corners.

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Monks bath house

We hiked up onto the Coastal lookout point.  It wasn’t manned this day so no-one to chat too but it was good resting point.  However, we couldn’t get all the way around due to the fierce winds whipping around the point!

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Headed over the stile and down to the White Hart

Not far from here, following the path away from the lookout, you will eventually reach the White Eagle in Rhoscolyn.  A pub/ restaurant owned by the Timpson (yes, the cobblers) family.  They own a number of pubs on the island.   The White Eagle is  large establishment which can get very busy at times and was even busy on this blustery day in the off season!.  They allow dogs in certain parts of the restaurant and they were very kind to find a table for the 9 of us, allowing Chester a warm resting spot while we grabbed a light snack…they were also very understanding that, after making Chester comfortable, he then threw up all over the rug!   Absolutely horrifying but after a quick clean up and lots of apologizing as we left, we soon moved on 🙂

We took a similar route back to the house but cut out a few corners of the coastline to shorten the walk.  Luckily for us, the shepherds were out tending to sheep and as we approached a stone wall to cross, there lay a sheep giving birth to a lamb….WOW!  What an incredible experience.  The farmer was on hand for the birth and the kids got to witness this in as natural a setting as possible.  An absolute highlight of our day.

 

On the island of Angelsey, there is also a Royal Air Force base.  This RAF base specializes in the most elite of aircraft and pilots so through out our day, we had the pleasure of watching jets fly about and make all sorts of aerial maneuvers….tricks you’d pay to see at an air show, happening for us and sometimes, felt like just us.  Formations, loop the loops and more.  We like to think that as we waved with each pass by, they did an extra trick just for us 🙂

With 7 miles of walking, sunshine and brisks whipping around us, we were thankful for the coal fire and hot food for when we returned….The young’uns among the group, cleaned up all the fishing tackle at the house and headed out for some fishing off the rocks.  No luck this time but they had fun trying!

Mother nature was kind enough to grant us this spectacular sunset from the house to finish out our day!

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Sunset from Hafn

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Sunset

Wales – Angelsey Day 1

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Watching the sun go down Treardurr bay

This Easter break we certainly kept busy and got around.   Our big trip away was heading up north and spending time with family in Manchester and Anglesey.

Manchester was filled with family time and Easter Sunday dinner.  Good quality time with everyone.

We headed over to Anglesey on Easter Monday for a few days.   Some folks have said ‘why Anglesey?’…mostly with a sound of mocking at such a choice.  In return, I would state, why on earth not??!   It was beautiful and since the trip, my youngest (albeit by one minute :-)) has declared Anglesey her best vacation so far on this adventure…  Citing the location, house, family and activities as her top picks so far.

We had booked a most wonderful house (Hafn) through Travelocity,  right on Treardurr Bay.  It sleeps 10 and there were 9 of us in total.  Despite us being almost at capacity, the house was so large it never felt like we were crowded.   The house and location were spectacular and took our breath away as soon as we arrived.  They accept dogs, so Chester had the excitement of joining us and straight away, he made himself right at home…either taking his place over looking the ocean or quietly curled up on the front doorstep watching the world go by.

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Hafn house and garden

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What a great spot!

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Happy Dog!

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Amazing bay window in the house

 

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View from house terrace

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Taking in the view on arrival

The House had everything we needed.  Well stocked for all your needs.  A lovely large sitting room with coal fireplace which with the cool evenings we were able to use. A family room with TV, DVDs and a cupboard chock full of games.  An amazing conservatory with ocean views and almost every bedroom had ocean views.   Given the bonus of great weather, this was a great find and great deal.

Upon arriving we took a walk down to the bay and beach.  The weather was sunny, dry but a little breezy but we didn’t care.  This place was gorgeous!

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coastal path down to the Bay

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rock climbing!

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Cove along the walk to the beach

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View across the bay. The Grey house is also for rent and is used in many films as a haunted house

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On the way to the bay

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Walking to the beach

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swimming!

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Watching the sun go down

After the obligatory holiday 99 ice creams, we headed to the pub.  Walking distance from the house, The Seacroft was welcoming and accommodated large parties easily.  One later date, we ate dinner here and all enjoyed our meal.  Be warned though, Kids menu closes at 8pm and they prefer not to have kids in there after 9pm.  No problem for us as our kids are older but something to keep in mind.   Dogs also not allowed inside but again, no problem as being a stones throw form the house, we just dropped him home for a post walk nap!

Being our first night and planning ahead, we opted to use the BBQ at the house and do burgers etc for dinner.  A good call, as we were to find, the next couple of days walking, we would become too exhausted to BBQ after expeditions out.   Being right on the ocean, it was a little exposed but we managed to get it lit and dinner cooked.  The kitchen at Hafn is also newly fitted so all appliances were new, clean and working!

First day was a success and looking forward to exploring the island more….