Early morning sunshine and late afternoon gloom. We started this walk from a bend in the road at Hermon, taking a small side road down to the shoreline. Some wonderful houses along this stretch. Very envious of the view across the estuary – we even passed through the end of one of the Gardens. Quickly reaching Malltraeth and the marshes, we cross Afon Cefni, and head towards Newborough Forest, the largest public forest in Wales. A very popular area with the most walkers we have seen so far on any stage of the Wales Coast Path.
We are on the lookout for red squirrels, but not one did we see!
We abandoned the path and headed for the isolation of Penrhos beach, A vast expanse of golden sand, just ourselves, one man and a dog.
This time we had checked the tide tables and were able to walk directly across to Llanddwyn Island, this is such a special place. The church and well dedicated to St Dwynwen, the Welsh patron saint of lovers.
Onwards to Llanddwyn Beach, before reaching the car park and skirting the edge of the forest.
There are myriads of paths through the forest, and after I had a brief rant about signage, we didn’t access the main road at Pen Lon but detoured to Llys Rhosyr, the historical ruins linked to the Princes of Wales. Later rejoining the path at Penlon, passing a pig farm before turning right down a track leading to the stepping stones across the river Braint.
Two of the stones have moved, and are now virtually triangular so it was easier to take the shoes off and drop into the freezing cold water, than risk tumbling with camera and mobile phone into the water.
Some very muddy fields were to follow before reaching the spot at Dwyran which we had previously walked. Gratefully we made our way to the main road. The ice cold water of the river Braint had sorted out my aching feet…