Oct 172014

This month Autumn arrived with the first proper rain storm of the season, just in time for Wendy to run the Rivington Half marathon a couple of weeks ago and almost three months since our summer break on Anglesey.

darwen tower standing in the heather

After our break a lot of the weekends have been taken up running, walking or cycling round the Lancashire countryside. The hills around Chorley have been particularly colourful with one of my runs accidentally timed to perfection as I ventured over Great Hill and ended up surround by miles and miles of purple heather. With the sun shining and views as far as the Lake District and North Wales it was spectacular.

lancashire hills looking north to the lake district

low reservoir on the rivington half marathon route

As well as training and long (15-20 miles) for me we both ran the Rivington half marathon route a couple of times to give Wendy a feel for the route, again we were lucky with the weather although the ground being so dry it was a little hard on the knees, in some places the muddy trails had set and it was like running on rutted concrete.

The other major event of the season is that my parents purchased a chocolate Labrador. They picked her up at 9 weeks old and Martha is beautiful, I don’t think there’s anything quiet as cute as a puppy and Labradors are definitely one of the cutest there is. Needless to say we ‘forced’ ourselves to go and visit and we’ll be going again soon with the excuse of a Halloween / bonfire night visit.

red velvet cake from the chocolate rooms, tarletonOh yes, we also ate a lot of cake. After all, all this running about needs fuel doesn’t it.

The next ‘big’ thing for me is the Rivington trail marathon in a couple of weeks and then, all major running over for the year, I’m going to try and get some fishing done, there are rumours of Cod being caught off the Fylde Coast and I’m starting to get a bit twitchy.

Aug 172014
Traeth Cymyran Walk to Ynys Feirig

After Thursdays time on the beach we were both feeling a little tender on our shoulders where we should have re-applied sunscreen a lot earlier than we did, nothing serious but still a little too sore for the blazing midday sun so we elected to have an easy last day (all our Anglesey days are easy) and go for our walk after an early evening dinner. It was to be a day of ’lasts’. We did our last run before [… read rest of post]

Aug 142014
A Sunny Day on Newborough Beach

A ‘proper’ holiday in North Wales isn’t really complete until you’ve spent at least one full day lounging on the beach, no matter what the weather throws at you. Once more we were blessed with glorious weather during our two week stay on Anglesey so in a repeat performance from last year we did our ‘beach day’ on Newborough Beach. After the 10 minute drive (it took us longer to pack our picnic) we arrived at the car park just [… read rest of post]

Aug 102014
Fish from the Rocks at Aberffraw Headland

After a lazy morning we headed over to the headland between Aberffraw bay and Porth Cwyfan where we’d walked a few days earlier to try a spot of sea fishing either side of low water. When we got to the spot we thought would be great to float fish and bottom fish we found it impossible to get on to the ledge we’d spied so had a quick rethink and explore and ended up fishing from a different set of [… read rest of post]

Aug 052014
My 'Everything' Pants - Craghopper Kiwi

As I was just about to go to Anglesey for a break it was great to be asked to review the Craghoppers Mens Classic Kiwi Walking Hiking Trousers. Although I have some of my own (I have a lot of them) Outdoor Look supplied a new black pair for me to try which was handy as my current ones are getting a bit big since I’ve started running. Sometimes it’s hard to review ‘free’ things that we’re sent as bloggers [… read rest of post]

Jul 312014
Porth Swtan to Ynys y Fydlyn Coastal Walk

The day started with light rain so we didn’t get out and about until after lunch so needed something fairly quick and easy. A short circular walk was needed so we consulted our ‘go too’ coastal walk book (Coastal Walks around Anglesey by Carl Rogers) and headed to the North West corner of the island, Porth Swtan (Church Bay). We parked up at Porth Swtan (Church Bay) and headed north, inland a little, across the moors and climbing slightly until [… read rest of post]

Jul 282014
A Run Along the Straights, Another Newborough Paddle and a bit of Sea Fishing

After an early start for a pre-breakfast run along along the Menai Straights, past Anglesey Sea Zoo and up to the main road and back for a route of approx. 6k of hard fast hilly running we spent a lazy morning before heading over to The Boathouse Café at Red Wharf Bay where we continued to do nothing more exerting than reading until our sticky beef salad lunch, which was excellent. After lunch we headed over to Llanddona beach for [… read rest of post]

Jul 252014
Foel Farm Lure Fishing and a Newborough Beach Walk

Getting well into the swing of relaxing (it doesn’t take much on Anglesey) after a late start we had a gentle cycle up to a local café to check out the cakes, we were on holiday after all, which turned into a circular ride of about 18km (11miles). The afternoon was spent reading and drinking tea as the forecast was rain but as it never showed up, after dinner we went for a walk on the northern side of Aberffraw for [… read rest of post]

Jul 232014
Arrival on Anglesey and Cemlyn Bay to Carmel Head

Our summer break seemed to arrive very quickly this year, probably because we’ve both been busy running up and down hills but there was no need to rush as we packed the car with what seemed like everything we owned.This time the mountain bikes were going on a rack on the boot so the journey down was going to be a gentle affair. The rack performed as intended but I think I’d be far happier with the bikes on the [… read rest of post]

May 292014
An Active Anglesey Bank Holiday

A couple of weeks ago we ventured to Anglesey for our annual start of May bank holiday break. Every year it seems to take ages to get to the start of May but it certainly feels great once you realise the time is here. We took even more gear than usual as this year we had a couple of mountain bikes with us. We managed to get them in the car but only because this is a relatively short break, [… read rest of post]