Sue and Martin above Zermatt - 2018

Sue and Martin above Zermatt - 2018

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Monday 16 April 2018 - The Anglesey Coast Path - Stage 1 - Holyhead to Trearddur

22 km, 750 metres ascent, 6 hours 50 minutes.

Sunny spells and a strong cold wind.

Apologies to those awaiting the denouement of our 2007 adventure in the Vanoise area. That has been postponed due to this prior commitment on Anglesey.

Paul and Jeanette have joined Sue and me for a romp around the island.

Easy traffic saw us in Holyhead after a two hour journey. The long stay car park misled us into getting a parking ticket for a few hours less than intended, so we need to get an extra ticket on the last day of the trip, which could be a problem. At least the coast path goes right past the car park.

A 2 km stroll brought us to the fleshpot of Holyhead, a small café where we imbibed suitably and braced ourselves for the challenge ahead.

Three of us have walking poles. I lost one of mine when taking a photo. After recovering it I clutched it tightly but on the streets of Holyhead didn't feel a need to use it. A builder's lorry pulled up, gesticulating, "you've lost a pole". The bottom section was lying on the pavement some way away. The poles haven't been used since last August. I must get used to them again!

The walk proceeded uneventfully along the coast and up to the summit of Holyhead Mountain, the descent from which proved interesting. Great views to North Stack and South Stack. Seals in the bay.

Lunch in a sheltered spot with fine views to the cliffs of Gogarth Bay , soon after which we enjoyed hot drinks in the comfort of an RSPB café. Then past prehistoric hut circles on easy paths to Trearddur.

All the time there were rough seas to our right, on this anticlockwise circuit of the island. The weather was bracing but dry.

Ingledene B&B - tired but friendly, with a great view over the bay.

Seacroft Hotel - a good meal apart from Jeanette's dessert, the wrong one, which contained gluten. She may explode during the night. Deconstructed cheesecake - see picture.

Flora and fauna - report postponed.

Pictures are chronological apart from the last one, which attempts to show you where we are. You may have to click on it for a larger image.

Time for a rest...

Note - second attempt as there may have been too many images in last night's effort.

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