Today is the day we complete the path on the mainland of Wales. We want to complete our journey around the Wales Coast Path path on the Isle of Anglesey.
Little did we know that our 12 mile walk would stretch to fifteen as the day went by.
An early start, the morning mist still hangs in the air as we parked the car at the nature reserve below Abergwyngregyn. We set up quick a pace along Traeth Lamar quickly reaching the Spinnies nature reserve.
Note to self: the nature reserves from Llanfairfechan to the Spinnies are well worth another visit!
We see Penrhyn Castle in the distance, and for much of the next hour we skirt the estate – so much nicer if we could have cut through the property rather than detour through to Talybont and Bryn.
Somewhere crossing the main road from Bryn we lost sight of the signs and had to tack back a couple of times before reaching Porth Penrhyn, where the slate from Penrhyn Slate Quarry used to be transported. First by railway from the quarry to the port and onwards.
We continue up the junction to the A5 and reached the Garth in Bangor with its impressive Pier. On optical illusion has you thinking that the pier reaches out as far as Anglesey – not the case.
The path does not go into Bangor,but descends to the shoreline and follows along towards Nant Borth nature reserve, through woodland then up passing a ruin and then a soccer training ground.
Back out on the A5 we head for Menai Suspension bridge, and the road to Anglesey. We continue towards the Britannia Bridge, opened in 1850 and designed by Robert Stephenson as a rail bridge. It was only in the 1970’s that it was adapted to take both road and rail traffic.
We continued left where the path heads right up to the A487, seeking the more attractive route, connecting again at the Faenol Estate. We followed the signs through the estate and found that in heading right up the field as directed there was no obvious route. We asked some local walkers and they directed us back down the field to follow a well cut path by the straits – they said it would take us to Felinheli. What they didn’t say was that we would be confronted by a 5 bar gate topped with a five bar metal structure. We retraced our steps only to confront another sign saying KEEP OUT. Fortunately the owner arrived, and kindly pointed us in the right direction, and after a bit of manoeuvring we arrived at our final stop. A robin popped his head out, as if to say “well done ladies”
Lucy’s comment of the day “the Path really doesn’t want to let go of us”
At this stage, the Wales Coast Path has developed a personality of its own!