Wednesday 23 May 2012

Anglesey – day 5: Llanddwyn Island (Ynys Llanddwyn)

Two buses took us to Newborough village via Aberffraw. From there we took the pretty footpath to Newborough Forest, which borders the huge dune system of Newborough Warren.

Newborough Forest

Clear paths criss-cross the forest – perfect for cyclists and horse riders. The forest is home to a large population of red squirrels, but we didn't see any.

Newborough Forest

The track eventually weaves through the woods and down to the beach.

And what a beach – a beautiful white crescent rimmed with pines...

...that curls round to Llanddwyn Island.

Malltraeth Bay

Another wonderful beach runs along Malltraeth Bay.

Llanddwyn Island

It's only a short crossing, when the tides out, to Llanddwyn Island.

Llanddwyn Island, west side

A clear path runs around the edge and through the middle of this sizeable island.

Llanddwyn Island

Llanddwyn Island chapel ruins

Llanddwyn Island lighthouse
Llanddwyn Island tower

The sheltered beach by the tower looked ideal for swimming, and we weren't alone in the thought. It wasn't quite as busy as it looks because this was a school party on a field trip.

Llanddwyn Island tower beach

Llanddwyn Island, east side

Llanddwyn Island interior

After walking back to Newborough we caught the bus to Aberffraw, but there was no connection to Rhosneigr this time. So it was a long walk home along the coast.

Ynys Meibion

We had to settle for a long distance view of Ynys Meibion as the coastal path took us the other side of the Motor Racing Circuit.


Just before the Motor Racing Circuit, in between Porth Cwyfan and Porth China, we came to our second tidal island of the day: Cribinau. The island consists of a 13th century church (St Cwyfan) perched upon a protective wall.

St Cwyfan's Church, Cribinau


Barclodiad y Gawres

Further on, just past Porth Trecastell is the Neolithic burial chamber of Barclodiad y Gawres. The entrance is closed now due to recent vandalism but it's still possible to look inside.

The sun was getting low as we neared Rhosneigr.

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