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A short break in Anglesey - 23 to 26 July 2019

The Menai Suspension Bridge

Crossing the Menai Straits on the A5 road. The Menai Suspension Bridge was designed by Thomas Telford and built between 1818 to 1826. This bridge was high above the straits allowing the passage of tall mast sailing ships. Before this bridge was built several ferries on hazardous routes crossed to Anglesey. Several shipwrecks with significant loss of life occurred . Most traffic now takes the Britannia Bridge on the faster A55 Road

Church Bay

before reaching Holy Island on the A55 road, we went roughly northward on the A5025 road, but diverted west toward Church Bay where these pictures were taken.

We then rejoined the A5025 road continuing to Cemaes (where we turned South for about 5 kilometres towards our B&B)

Church Bay
The Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path - which goes right around the Island
Church Bay and Coastal Path

The Church of St Rhuddlud above Church Bay


looking back at Church Bay from the Coastal Path



One of 5 'Time & Tide Bells' designed by Marcus Vergette and installed around the the coast of Great Britain. The bells rings at high tide. A poem is inscribed near each bell. At this one both in Welsh and English -

Tawel ei chnul uwch heli,

Enw Sant yn ei llais hi,

Cloch a’i thraw yn dweud o’i thrig

Dragwyddol weddi Padrig.

Above the waves, melodiously, sounds

The name of a saint, so fair,

A bell whose knell is here to tell

Patrick’s eternal prayer.

Pictures taken around the B&B

a view from our B&B window
a view from our B&B window

in the grounds of the B&B


a view from our B&B window of bird feeders and birds


Parys Mountain / Copper Mine

south of Amlwch - apparently first mined for copper in the early Bronze Age. Open pit mined from 1788 then later from adits and shafts

The Great Discovery


Do not know if these are present day mining operation of what ore? or whether closed down or mothballed?
Amlwch town & port once used for shipping ore mined from Parys Mountain
Large tidal range has to be accommodated in the harbour
Note how quay walls were built with vertical 'flakes' of rock

Three Ancient Sites - south of Lligwy Bay

Lligwy Chapel seen from road (as we walked up to the layby access point to the three monuments


a plan at the layby showing access to the three monuments


Neolithic Age Burial Chamber ~ 4500 years old
apparently burial chamber was buried in loose stone and earth which was removed at some time? when?

burial chamber constructed about 5000 years ago


Lligwy Chapel from early 12th centuary

Lligwy Chapel


views from near Lligwy Chapel of the bay

A British Farmstead during the Roman Occupation

Climbing up the hill to the farm. The trees apparently weren't there - to maintain visibility against possible attacks?

plan of the Farmstead

details of the farmstead

the ruins


Views on return journey to Layby


Lligwy Bay

large tidal range virtually covers all beach sand at high tides
ponds left as tide ebbs

Mechell Church near Cemaes Bay

Eglwys - St Mechell
Flower Festival at Church

First & Second World War Memorial

Second World War names added at end (far fewer than in First World War - no trench warfare). Note -  RWF - Royal Welch Fusilliers. RFC - Royal Flying Corp.
Three brothers from the Thomas family killed in First World War