Anglesey Trip

We returned from our trip to Anglesey last Friday and since then I have been playing catch-up with all sorts of things. I have been busy coping with our garden and field harvest – freezing produce, making jam etc. and this hasn’t left much time to visit here and write a report to do justice to our jaunt away.

Suffice it to say we didn’t actually circumnavigate the island on our tandem. We ended up staying on just one site and we know we will have to go back again one day. It was a lovely, non-commercial, welcoming and peaceful site  on the outskirts of a small place called Llanfrachraeth on the main island but not far from Holyhead on the smaller Holy Island, with only two other couples also camping there, so there we stayed.

Cemaes Bay

Cemaes Bay

The weather was rather variable; there were some sunny spells but it was also cold and windy at times and at least one day was a wash-out, but of the eight days in total we rode out on five, with two travel days and the one day of heavy rain taking up the rest of the time. Mostly our cycling was out in the morning and back in time for lunch followed by a restful afternoon. Even so we covered some 90 miles during the week. Compared to much of Wales the terrain is relatively flat, but there still seemed to be a fair amount of up and down.

Llynnon Mill

As well as Holyhead we cycled to Trearddur Bay on Holy Island, to Cemaes Bay (pronounced Kem-ice – the ‘C’ is hard in Welsh) on the main island, photo above, and also to Cemlyn Bay, which is a Nature Reserve and bird sanctuary. On the way to Cemaes Bay we stopped at the lovely Llynnon Mill, just a few miles from the campsite (see photo also above).

One place I have always wanted to visit, because of its famous name, we stopped off at on our way home. Here we bought some Welsh Cakes (delicious!) and a few other gifts. I refer of course to Llanfairpwillgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwillllantysiliogogogoch, often referred to as Llanfair PG and shortened on the map to Llanfair Pwillgwyngyll. I am reliably informed that the name translates to “The church of Mary in the hollow of the white hazel near the fierce whirlpool and the church of Tysilio by the red cave”, which you may be able to read on the photo below, but don’t ask me to say it in Welsh!

Llanfair PG

Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll

All-in-all it was a lovely week away and we were almost sorry to have to come home again. We will go back; there is so much more to see and the scenery is wonderful.


Cycling Tour

Just a quick visit to let you know I will be away for about a week.

For several years now we have been talking about doing a cycling tour of the Welsh island of Anglesey, so now we are packing up the motorhome, complete with our tandem, and will be heading off in the morning to do just that. The motorhome makes it easy to maintain social distancing and we can be pretty well self-sufficient – though we may need to pop to the shops for the odd item now and then, masked and sanitised of course.

As with previous trips away with the motorhome this year I will not be taking my laptop as I think it likely that internet access may not be viable (and it’s good to have a break from the computer now and then). All being well I should be back in a week’s time and will report on the trip then.

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