Anglesey - where spring comes early
7 -13 April
Leaders - Andrew and Kate Ross 02380 652939 / 07792 159368
surprisingly high percentage of visitors to Ynys Mon come laden with
back-packs and rucksacks. As well as walkers and ramblers there are
artists, photographers, geologists, naturalists and ornithologists. The
rocks are some of the oldest found in Britain and we may well clamber
down a copper mine to discover evidence of Neolithic mining activity. The
Anglesey coast is washed by the warming waters of the North Atlantic
drift which gives the island a mild climate, where spring comes early
and, along with the geology, helps to produce a huge mix of habitats and
coastlines which provides homes for plants, mosses, ferns and lichens
and so attracts insects, birds and mammals in abundance. Today most of
Anglesey’s 125 miles of coastline have been designated Area of
Outstanding Natural Beauty, although the estimated 1200 wrecks around
the coast bear testimony to fierce tidal currents and powerful storms
which have taken many a sailor’s
life. Most of our walking will be over rugged rocks which drop down to
small villages and beaches that have Green Coast awards. Out of the
summer season you can walk for hours and meet very few people. Inland
there is a past to discover, monasteries and holy wells to visit and
tales of saints who worked for the conversion of Ynys Mon.
Walks and excursions
- most of the walks will be 6 to 9 miles, sometimes strenuous, mainly
coastal with cliff tops and beach/sand dunes. If you wish to go down the
Copper mine you will need to bring wellington boots. The Art Gallery,
Oriel Ynys Mon is worth a visit, also the Ucheldre Centre.
we will be staying together in a self-catering country house near to
Dulas with a mix of double and twin bedrooms and plenty of living space.
We will have a couple of cars for transport and may also use the local
- this seemingly remote corner of Wales is actually readily accessible
by road or rail to most people living in England or Wales and just a
five-hour journey from London. There are good train connections from
Shrewsbury, Crewe and Chester to Bangor and Holyhead.
Our first gathering will be early evening on Saturday 7th April, but
feel free to arrive at any time during the day. We will pick you up from
Bangor - or Holyhead if preferred. Leaving mid morning on Friday 13th.
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