Sue and Martin above Zermatt - 2018

Sue and Martin above Zermatt - 2018

Friday, 20 April 2018

Friday 20 April 2018 - The Anglesey Coast Path - Stage 5 - Beaumaris to Benllech

25 km, 400 metres ascent, 8 hours 10 minutes.
Martin did about 11 km of bimbling.

A beautiful warm sunny day. This could be the height of summer.

Carole and Jeff provided a magnificent breakfast that included a huge bowl of fruit salad. It was hard not to linger for longer in Victoria Cottage B&B.

On the other hand, it was hugely sunny with only a light breeze - a perfect day for a walk.

After sourcing some provisions for lunch, I headed up to Penmon Point, where the Pilot House Café provided sustenance in the form of coffee and carrot cake. The coasters arrived having explored the remains of Penmon Priory, St. Seiriol's Well, and an impressive dovecote built around 1600. The dovecote has space for about 930 birds - a brilliant source of regular fresh meat for the Bulkeley family, who acquired the property after the dissolution of the monasteries.

I walked part of the next section with the coasters. Fine views to a lighthouse and Puffin Island beyond.

Whilst the others headed for lunch at the Iron Age hill fort of Din Silwy, I drove round to the beach near Bryn Hyrddin and walked around Red Wharf Bay to meet them. No tidal issues today; just a few groughs for Paul to negotiate in his trainers, which appear to be more 'toe friendly' than his boots.

The last stage of today's exertions saw us all arriving in Benllech at about 5.20 pm, the coasters having reluctantly walked past the attractions of the Ship Inn at Red Wharf Bay, in favour of getting to Sea View Guesthouse in plenty of time to relax before adjourning downstairs to the Bistro, where everyone enjoyed their meals, albeit they weren't as exciting as last night's tapas.

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