Wales Coast Path: Beaumaris to Mariandyrys

wcp-beaumaris-824 August 2016 – 9.8 miles

Another lovely day. We packed up the tent and left the car at the campsite, then walked down to the coast. We had walked back to the campsite along the Coast Path on-road route last night; this morning we did it again, but along the shore. The tide was well out, but some of the shore was rocky, some parts were muddy, but there were lovely views across to Snowdonia, and Puffin Island coming into view at the corner of Anglesey. We saw a few boat trips from Beaumaris heading out that way. wcp-beaumaris-2

We then moved inland at a small car park where a river came down to the sea. I’m sure I saw a flash of a kingfisher here!

We had a rest on a dangerous bench.wcp-beaumaris-3

wcp-beaumaris-4The route was now mostly along the road, although it was fairly quiet. We passed some old works – presumably from the quarry a little further inland – then arrived at Penmon Priory. We took a little time to look round the priory ruins, the church and the dovecote before continuing along the toll-road.

Penmon point was quite busy. It is such a familiar view from photographs, but neither of us had ever been here before. There was a little excitement – I think someone had decided to swim out to the lighthouse, and had got into difficulties. People on the shore began to shout and wave at a passing yacht to get help, but soon dismissed it shouting “It’s okay. He’s alright now!”wcp-beaumaris-7

We met very few people once we headed away from this point. The route heads away from the coast, but still gave views back towards Puffin Island for a while. We then headed through farm paths and lanes, until we reached a small junction near Mariandyrys which seemed a convenient point to stop.

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From here it was a straightforward couple of miles back to the campsite.wcp-beaumaris-to-mariandyrys

 

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North Cheshire Way

View of Helsby Hill

Sunday, 27th May 2012 – Bridge Trafford to Alvanley – 11.3 miles return

The North Cheshire Way is interesting if not the most picturesque route ever. It’s what I think of as ‘industrial countryside’ – fields with a view of pylons, motorway and an oil refinery, and walking along quite a lot of (quiet) roads. I sometimes struggle to see beyond that to the green fields and wildlife all around! Still, it’s another path within an easy distance of home, taking us to places we might not otherwise go.

Roads and pylons

Sunday was roasting hot – difficult to imagine we’d had the heating on the previous week. We decided not to head for the Pennines as a) it might be a little on the warm side, and b) it would be my first walk since pulling something in my calf a week before the Chester half-marathon. As it was, the calf was fine, but the weather was HOT!

Being watched

What is the affinity between stiles and nettles? Seems such a long time since last summer I had forgotten about them. There was one, short but overgrown path where I had to wrap the map around my legs but still got quite stung. I’m not sure if it is because it is still quite early in the season, but they were pretty virulent – still tingling at night! I almost forgot about the nettles when my foot sank in the cow poo …

Towers Lane, Alvanley