Friday, 30 December 2011

#67.PUFFIN ISLAND WALK.28-12-11.

Donna and Chris were staying in the area and asked us if we fancied an easy walk locally and we said yes and we invited Howie and Julia too.My knee was sore from yesterday's fall but not bad enough for me to cancel the walk.Donna and Chris met us at the hotel and we drove in 2 car's to the village of Llangoed on Ynys Mon where we met Howie and Julia.The forecast was for a very wet day in the mountain's but only occassional rain shower's for Anglesey.I have done this superb walk half a dozen times so was chosen to lead.We left the car park and took the lane beside the Rhyd Pub to enter a field.

Leaving the field we headed up the lane to the Congregational Church in Glan-yr-afon.

The sun was shining but it was a bitterly cold day.

We now took the footpath that lead's to Plas Newydd.

The iron kissing gate's are very old and narrow and some of us had trouble squeezing through.

Just time for me to do a spot of farm work.

Passing through the hamlet of Caim we entered the old deer park once owned by the Bulkeley family near Pentir.A very wet section led us down to the old quarry.

We got our first glimpse of Ynys Seiriol AKA Priestholm AKA Puffin Island.

A very muddy stretch with slippery wet wooden step's led us down to the beach where we had a break.

2 seal's came quite close to the shore whilst we were eating,but the water was choppy and this is the best shot i could get.

Leaving the coast Howie and Julia treated us to the highlight of the walk,matching super sized hood's,ladies and gentlemen i give you Mr and Mrs Hooded Crow.

We walked up the lane for a visit to Penmon Priory and it's Dovecote.

I took them to see St. Seiriol's Well.

We continued along the road to Trwyn y Penrhyn.The tide was well in now.

We were now following the Anglesey Coast Path and it crosses this stretch of beach below but we had to find a way round as the tide was in.

We now followed the Afon Lleiniog along the new boardwalk and took a detour to visit Castell Aberlleiniog,a Norman Motte and Bailey castle built in 1090.

Returning to the path we walked the short distance back to the car park.Although it went a little cloudy we never had a drop of rain.

Today's walk was 7 mile long with 650 feet of ascent.Final total for 2011 is..........

MILEAGE       471.5
ASCENT        114,500
TOPS              108.

This year's total's are well down on last year mainly due to me picking up a knee injury on April 29th which took week's to get right.
2010 total was........

MILEAGE     672
ASCENT      200,822.

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