9th June 2018- 18.2 miles
We camped at Church Bay and only had to walk 100 metres down the lane to pick up the Coast Path. This led up over the cliffs heading north. For once, the thrift or sea pink was in bloom. So often, we walk along coastal paths a bit later in summer when the flowering is over.
It was a hot, sunny day with blue sea and sky. There were clear views across to the lighthouse on the Skerries. A few months ago, we were near Holyhead with friends and trying to decide if this was a ship or an island on the horizon. It did look as if it was floating above the sea today!
Despite being warm and relatively dry underfoot, we still came to a very muddy patch – probably a stream in wetter weather – where Robby lost the end of his trekking pole!
We were glad to be here in summer and to be able to continue around the headland. It would be quite a long and dull diversion in winter, I imagine. There were some strange structures on the headland, which seemed to have no obvious purpose. We thought they must be for navigation, and later learned we were correct, and they are the White Ladies seamarks, pointing to a group of rocks offshore.
We continued heading east along rolling fields above cliffs until we got to Cemlyn Bay. There were quite a few more people here. We had been here before on a shorter walk. It seemed a long walk across the shingle spit. The nesting terns were in evidence but they mostly seemed to be staying on the lake.
We then came to a little bay with a watermill, which I remembered as an idyllic spot from our previous visit.
The whole character then changes as we approached Wylfa Power Station. This had been looming in the distance for a while. The path to it was well marked and laid out off the road. I was quite surprised to find we actually had to walk up to the power station itself, and then head off over the hill – this part was not well marked, surprisingly, as I thought they would want walkers to know the way and not be wandering around lost!
I was a bit tempted to cut off the loop that the path takes around the headland, but we didn’t! From there, it was not far into Cemaes Bay. We had half-hoped to be able to catch a bus back, although we weren’t sure of the route it took, but there would be a wait of several hours for the next one. We spoke of getting a taxi, but someone said there wouldn’t be any (although I am sure we could have rung for one). We decided to walk back along the road, and then the lanes, which wasn’t too bad, and we were back sooner than waiting for the bus! We had dinner at the Lobster Pot, which is another good reason for staying in Church Bay!