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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!