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Monday, 13 February 2012
A (mini) Anglesey Adventure!
I was in
Bangor and had an hour or so to spare and I had heard great things about the
Anglesey Coastal Path so I thought I would go and experience just a little of
it for myself. I thought this would be a more productive and satisfying use of
my break- I had thought to go to the shops! I didn’t have time to do the whole
path, or even enjoy a shorter section, so just to give you a flavour of what
this incredible island has to offer, I condensed a few sights into my short
decided to be a bit of a tourist and go to the ‘town with a long name’!
Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch is one of the
longest place names in the world, having used my favourite source (Google!) I
have found it to be either second or third on the list, depending if the Thai
name for Bangkok is counted. Whichever opinion you share, it is clearly quite a
mouthful and the town is worth a visit, even if it is just to take your picture
at the train station like myself!From
the town you can see ‘The Marquess of
Anglesey's Column’, one can even walk up the 115 steps to the top, I imagine
that the views from there are stunning, but alas no climb up the steps for me,
unfortunately (or quite conveniently) I just didn’t have the time! The column
was made in 1815 and the statue of Henry William Paget, Earl of
Uxbridge, first Marquess of Anglesey was later added in 1860. He was second in
command to Wellington at the Battle of Waterloo where he was unlucky enough to
lose his leg.
incredible views and even when stopping at the side of road, the view of Menai
Suspension Bridge is unbelievable. I actually stumbled across a scene being
filmed for S4C’s ‘Rownd a Rownd’ when I parked up in a lay-by, not a bad spot
to choose by the location manager there!I was driving around the area to take
some impressive snaps of somewhere new. On the journey I passed ‘Kate –rose’
the Waitrose supermarket where Kate Middleton was pictured shortly after the
royal wedding, I popped in quickly but she wasn’t there, as Prince William is
away in the Falklands I thought I could keep her company and take her for a quick
drink at ‘The Bridge Inn,’ a lovely little pub by the bridge that I had come
across.....oh well, her loss I suppose!
The film crew!
So back to
the point in hand, as I was exploring the coastal path for a beautiful picture I
struck gold. St Mary’s church has the perfect location looking over the
estuary. During my time working for Walking North Wales and researching the
area, from my Facebook photos (find our page- Walking North Wales), it seems
that I have visited quite a few churches and graveyards recently, this has not
been completely intentional but they just seem to have the most beautiful
The view from the Graveyard
So my whistle-stop
tour of Anglesey does not do it justice I’m afraid. I was not sure whether to
write this blog post on it, however I hope that like me you now want to go back
and see more!