ANGLESEY COAST PATH
Cemaes to Amlwych [6½ miles]
This morning the weather was a bit off so we drove to Llangefni and took a quick walk around the Dingle. If you ever get a chance and want to see red squirrels then this is the place to go as you're alomost guarnateed to see the little creatures. Whilst there we spent a pleasant if wet time walking out to the Cefni reservoir and back after which we headed to Cemeas as the weather was looking more promising.
A short walk in the Dingle, Llangefni
This section of the Anglesey Coastal Path is one of the most stunning and quite demanding in places and starts from Traeth Mawr, the main beach in Cemaes Bay.
Having already walked a couple of miles we were looking for lunch almost as soon as we set out.
St Patricks Bell
Looking back at Cemaes harbour
After leaving Cemaes we headed for St Patrick's and found a pleasantly sheltered spot for lunch near to an old limestone kiln.
Our lunchtime spot
We were soon done and were heading to St Patrick's church for a quick walk out to the tip of Llanbadrig Point whilst Geri waited for us at a convenient picnic bench.
Porth Padrig, Saint Patrick's Bay
Once reunited we continued to the more dramatic part of the route, pausing to admire a seal bobbing in the bay - a quick check with the binoculars showed the 'seal' it to be a fishing buoy! On our left was the islet of Middle Mouse which Beryl commented didn't look at all like a mouse.
Wylfa power station in the distance
Middle Mouse Islet
We were approaching the down and up of Llanlleiana Head. I had told Geri about how tiring this section was when we did it last year and she was a little aprehensive.
Llanlleiana Head and the King Edward VII Coronation Tower
Llanlleiana Head is the most northerly point in Wales. It produced porcelain from deposits of china clay found on Dinas Gynfor nearby. The works consists of a main building and a remote chimney, this was to direct the noxious fumes away from the working areas. The works closed in 1920 after being damaged by fire. Porth Llanlleiana is a small harbour used to service the factory.
We clambered up the giant steps, and in spite of her apprehensions Geri climbed up without complaint and was really pleased with herself for her accomplishment. We passed by the Coronation Tower as we continued our walk towards Hell's Mouth.
We were now above Porthwen and the first evidence of the brickworks,
The winding gear above Porthwen
the remains of the winding gear used to take trucks down a gravity incline. At the back of the works was a crushing shed then storage for the crushed stone in readiness for the production process. The clay was taken from the hillside to the south.
The brickworks at Porthwen
The remains of a brickworks with the three 'beehive' kilns clearly showing. It was opened at the turn of the 19th century to make refractory bricks for use in the steel industry. The bricks were exported by sea from the works' own harbour. The whole operation closed down at the start of the first world war and most of it has slowly rusted away ever since.
Once we had left Porthwen we were back up on top of the cliffs and headed into Amlwych and to Mike's car, conveniently parked not far from where we came onto the road.