Jul 232014

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 roof although most of the time they’ll fit in the boot (I have an estate car) so maybe for a few times a year the boot rack with be OK. I was amazed at how much drag they caused, both acceleration and fuel economy were severely hit.

We arrived at Cerrig-Y-Barcud at about 4pm to be greeted by AnnMarie in glorious sunshine, the weather being far better than the forecast suggested and after unloading the car and sorting everything out we chilled out until dinner then went for a leisurely walk around the back of Cerrig-Y-Barcud and Foel Farm to Anglesey Riding Center then back along the beach to the cottage.

Sunday was the first ‘no alarm clock’ day of the holiday. After breakfast, a lazy morning making sure the cake and coffee were still OK at Foel Farm (the tiffin was fantastic) we had a late lunch then made our way up to Cemlyn Bay for an afternoon walk.

skerries from cemlyn bayThe walk was about 11.5k going from the car park to the west of Cemlyn Bay and following the coast  just past ‘The White Ladies’ (concrete pillars that were a 19th century shipping aid) towards Carmel Head. We then headed back east along the farm tracks back to Cemlyn.

The main purpose of the walk was to see if it was run-able for later in the holiday which it most certainly is; with good footing, not too many styles or gates and a few short hills although we may need the odd diversion round a few of the more adventurous cows. Where the path meandered too close to the cliff edge we could always find a route a little bit less precarious.

The weather was fantastic and we spotted some of the usual wildlife suspects; Sandwich Terns dashing back and forth, beaks full of Sandeels, Little Egrets fishing in the lagoon behind the bay, Gannets and Gulls soaring overhead.

We didn’t see as many butterflies as normal but this may have been due to the stiff onshore breeze.

cows at carmel head, anglesey

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]

Apr 232014
Berghaus Monsoon Jacket

A few weeks ago I was contacted by a representative of Berghaus asking if I’d like to review one of their jackets, the Monsoon. As I was on the look out for a new one due to my current jacket bing too big now I’ve been running for over a year, a few emails later a lovely olive green Berghaus Monsoon Jacket arrived in the post and first impressions were good. The quality felt excellent and compared with my (now) old [... read rest of post]

Apr 072014
All Hold While Training

I’ve not had much to post on here recently as a lot of my spare time has been spent either fixing injuries, working out how to fit a trail marathon training plan into my weekends or actually training as I’ve entered the Trail Marathon Wales in June and I want to give myself the best chance I can. What this mean realistically is that I haven’t been fishing or ‘properly’ walking since the back end of last year but the [... read rest of post]

Jan 272014
Merrell Trail Glove 2 Review

I’d been wanting to test Merrell Trail Glove shoes since I’d first read and heard about the ‘barefoot’ way of running, or ‘bareform’ as Merrell call it so it was great to be given the opportunity to review a pair by nightgear.co.uk. On opening the box first impressions were wow, these things weigh nothing and they look great, I couldn’t wait to get them on and go for my first ‘barefoot’ run. Taking my queue from all the articles on [... read rest of post]

Nov 212013
Weekend Running and Walking, Ingleborough, Yorkshire

Fishing has been on hold for a while, not through any specific reason, more like a combination of small things. The weather hasn’t really been up to much here in Lancashire plus we’d been putting in a bit of training running wise as a few weeks ago we went up to Clapham in Yorkshire for a couple of days running and walking. A group of us from SRC Chorley stayed in the The Old Manor House, bunkhouse boys in one [... read rest of post]

Oct 042013
Anniversary Adventure on Arran

This anniversary we were once again visiting an island but not Anglesey, we were going to Scotland for the first time since our honeymoon up in Fort William 15 years ago and this was to be our first visit to Arran. We made good time up the motorways into Scotland and arrived at Ardrossan far, far to early so had a quick walk round the ferry terminal while waiting for our crossing. The crossing on the ‘MV Isle of Arran’ [... read rest of post]

Sep 012013
Late August Fly Fishing at Mere Beck

It’s been a while since we did any ‘proper’ fly fishing as we’ve either been away, sea fishing or either running or training for some sort of running related silliness so I was looking forward to a visit to our local fly fishery, Mere Beck. The lakes looked great and Gordon, the owner of the fishery had obviously been busy during the summer months with the lakes, streams, reed beds and trees all beautifully maintained. The weather was bright with [... read rest of post]

Aug 152013
Holyhead Mountain via the Stacks

After our somewhat strenuous walk up Snowdon in the blazing heat our next walk was the little easier Holyhead Mountain. Not really a mountain in the ‘proper’ sense but that’s what it’s called and getting to the top did involve a few mountain goat style climbs in places. We started our walk at the car park just above RSPB South Stack where looking back down to the light house and forward to North Stack you got some amazing views of [... read rest of post]

Aug 112013
Sometimes a Normal Watch Just Isn't Good Enough

As a sea angler it is essential that you can quickly find the time due to the nature of the tides we fish. Therefore an accurate watch that your can see in the dark is invaluable. Internet Fusion have a few online presences which cater for this market very well and looking though their catalogue the quality and range seems to ‘gel’ with what we as anglers would require. The following article has been written by Internet Fusion and is [... read rest of post]