Jul 312014

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).

towards mynachdy anglesey

We parked up at Porth Swtan (Church Bay) and headed north, inland a little, across the moors and climbing slightly until reaching the national trust land at Mynachdy. At this point we headed westward along the edge of the forest until coming out at a beautiful little cove at Ynys y Fydlyn, an ‘island’ that is cut off at high tide. The coast line here is weathered and eroded and has produced arches and sea caves which we explored a little as well as watching the Kittiwakes on their nests.

ynys y fydlyn and the skerries

Heading south, back along the coast we ended end the 5 mile walk in glorious sunshine, I was starting to wish I’d worn shorts as the weather had changed that much from morning. All down the cliff edge there were all types of  small brown butterfly’s but we’re not that good at brown butterfly ID especially close to a cliff edge. We also saw 3 Choughs on the fields heading back to the car park, the terrain is almost identical to South Stack although we didn’t know they were in the area, hopefully this is a sign of increasing numbers.

toward porth swtan

After gingerly sidestepping a few cows, one with a tiny calf maybe only a day or two old we ended the walk at the Wavecrest Café which was unfortunately closed as I could have done with a cooling drink, iced cream, cake or all three so we headed back to the cottage, another beautiful part of Anglesey discovered.

After dinner we made the most of the beautiful weather and went for another walk through Newborough forest, this time starting at the north (where the car park is free). We probably spend a little to long meandering along the forest tracks, some that we’d run along a couple of days earlier and as the sun dropped so did the temperature so we headed back to the car, a lovely and peaceful way to end the day.

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]

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]