Moelfre, Anglesey, North Wales

Pretty Moelfre

Leaving historic Conwy behind, we crossed the Menai Strait to Anglesey and headed north to Moelfre, where we spent 2 days relishing in the sheer beauty of this island and coastline.  We went for long hikes along the Welsh Coastal Path and discovered some fascinating archaeology.

Lligwy Burial Chamber

The first discovery was the 5000-year-old Lligwy Neolithic Burial Chamber, with its 25-ton capstone, close to the farm where we stayed at Plas-Lligwy.  One can almost feel the magic and significance of this monument as you approach and the soft afternoon light helped to enhance its beauty.  

The second discovery was the 12th century Lligwy Chapel with its own burial chamber too.  My curiosity got the better of me and couldn’t help myself: I just had to go under!  Yes, it was creepy!

12th century Lligwy Chapel and pretty bay in the background
Down in the burial chamber
A bit spooky down here!

The third astonishing discovery of the day was a small walled settlement of local Briton farmers at the time of the Roman occupation of Anglesey (AD77/78).  Talk about a walk though History: it just doesn’t get any better than this.

2000-year-old Briton farmers settlement
Some round houses too
Entrance to round house
Myself posing for scale of stones (I am 1.64 m tall)

But it’s not just its fascinating history, for the town itself is absolutely charming and we also took some time to leisurely look around.

Eye-catching waterfall in Moelfre
Can’t resist a boat and lobster pots!
Serene view looking out at sea

But the beauty doesn’t end there: the views along the coastal path at Moelfre are simply stunning too and worth every step of this long trek.  It is not surprising to see why Anglesey was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1966. The area between Lligwy and Moelfre itself was also designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest, the rocks being between 3 and 4 million years old. Every turn was a picture to be taken and I hope my photos here do it justice. We were also very lucky with the weather, which turned out to be dry and with blue skies, which always helps when taking photographs.

Don’t look down!
RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) Station: it rescues people stranded at sea

This clever and original double-sided painting rotates with the wind like a weather vane to reveal 2 different aspects of the sea: the calm and the storm. This commemorates the tragic fate of The Royal Charter, a steamship on its way to Liverpool all the way from Melbourne in Australia, which was wrecked here in October 1859, only 50 yards from the land, with the loss of 800 lives.

The Calm
And the Storm!

There is also a plaque and a sculpture to commemorate the bravery of the 29 villagers who risked their lives to save the few survivors from the wreck.

And what better way to finish our long trek along this dramatic coastline than with a lovely pint of ale at the local pub, the nice and friendly Kinmel Arms.

This is definitely a land with a lot to offer and discover. We left Anglesey with a promise to come back and explore further to the north and west of the island.  I wonder what we’ll find when we return. Can’t wait!


15 thoughts on “Moelfre, Anglesey, North Wales

  1. It’s a beautiful part of the island and one our favourite places to walk. Just beyond those boats and lobster pots is the small stony beach where I did a sponsored swim to raise funds for the island’s Search and Rescue Team I’m a member of …..in January….man, it was cold!! http://m-sar.uk/#home. The Kinmel Arms, just up from the beach, is owned by the parents of one of our SAR team members – great drink and food and dog friendly.

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    1. We saw that beach too. Not sure I’d like to swim there in January, though: I’m a warm water swimmer. 😉 The pub is a great place for families, dogs included, and it had a very lively atmosphere. Thank you for the comment and info. 👍🙂

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