Sunday 26th September 2004 - Anglesey

Well here we are at the start of a new season of walking. We extend a welcome to our new members and hope you have all had a good summer. On Sunday 26 September we will walk in the Newborough area on the Isle of Anglesey. We last visited this area 9 years ago in September 1995. The coach will leave school as usual at 8.00 am prompt. There are toilets at the start of the walks therefore there will be no toilet stop en route. All walks finish in Newborough where there are basic facilities The white Lion pub, a tea room in the Pritchard Jones Institute (open until 4 pm on Sundays, but we are trying to negotiate on that!), a snack bar near the White Lion which does teas etc and is open until about 4.30 pm.

On the second recce, (having got lost in the forest the first time!) we discovered a film crew setting up equipment on Llanddwyn Island. Apparently they will be there for about 9 weeks (maybe on our walk day?) making a film starring Demi Moore and involving the lighthouse. We were told that access to the Island would not be affected. Our leaders did not ask if they needed 50 extras sporting walking boots and rucksacks! We plan to leave Newborough at 5.00 pm to be back in Formby at about 1930 hrs. Conditions underfoot mean walking boots will be essential.

Please return Booking form by Thurday 16th September.
‘A’ Walk
Distance: 12 ¾ miles
Ascent: negligible
Ken Bryning
Bob Scurr
Ken Bryning Bob Scur

Starting from Brynsiencyn on the A4080 (where there are toilets), we will use quiet lanes and field paths to reach the shores of the Menai Straits at Barras, where there are excellent views of Caernarvon Castle and Snowdonia.
After passing the Mermaid Inn we turn inland to reach Bryntirion where more field paths lead to giant, Glennis-defeating stepping stones over a tidal river. Don't worry, the tide is supposed to be out on September 26.
Once safely across, we make our way eventually to Llanddwyn beach using grassy paths through sand dunes to skirt round Newborough Forest.
A mile and a quarter along the beach brings us to Llanddwyn Island with its lighthouse and pilots' cottages.
After exploring the island and maybe seeing some filming in progress, we return to Newborough along very pleasant forest tracks.



‘B+’ Walk
Distance: 12 ¾ miles
Ascent: negligible
Dave Purdey
Glennis Poole
Dave Purdey Glennis Poole

Both the A and B+ walks will follow the same route with some very minor differences, but we will walk as two separate groups and at different paces!

‘B’ Walk
Distance: 9 miles
Ascent: Negligible
Barry Whitby
Peter Houghton
Barry Whitby Peter Houghton

Leaving Newborough village we are soon making our way over farmland to reach a nature reserve picnic area, our morning coffee stop, close to Maltraeth Sands.
Following a trail through the reserve to the shoreline we now head south along the Anglesey Coastline path and then onto stony forest track to reach Llanddwyn Island with its several interesting features.
Having had sufficient time to check out the island or just sit down and admire the views, we will then explore approximately two miles of Newborough Forest tracks and paths as we return back to our start point.

‘C’ Walk
Distance: 7½ miles.
Ascent: 150ft
Janet Purdy

Ray Webb/
Carol Bryning

Janet Purdy

Starting at the village of Newborough, we cross field paths to a Garden Centre where there is an opportunity to have coffee.
We then walk through pinewoods to Llanddwyn beach with impressive views across the Menai Straits.
At the end of the beach is picturesque Llanddwyn Island where we will have plenty of time to explore the lighthouse and museum, plus birdwatching.
We return through Newborough Forest passing the archaeological site of Llys Rhosyr, one of the Royal Courts of the Welsh Princes, before arriving back in Newborough.