Saturday, 17 October 2015

Ynys Llanddwyn or Llanddwyn Island, 30th October 2012

Ynys Llanddwyn or Llanddwyn Island is one of the loveliest places I have ever visited. Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or, mundanely, an AONB. on the already ravishing Isle of Anglesey,  it is cut off from the mainland for up to six and a half hours at high tide.

The walk to the island with the view towards Snowdon over the Menai Straits is a bracing one if the wind is in one's face as it was here. The popularity of the place is belied by the absence of footprints in the virgin sand. Sand is fabulous to gaze at or play with but hard work to walk on. It's about a mile from the public car park to the island.

Dedicated to Dwynwen, Santes or Saint Dwynwen, the Welsh Patron Saint of lovers, this is just one of a number of secluded beaches on the island, not all of which is available for the public at times of breeding birds.

The lighthouse and pilot cottages are picturesque albeit no-one at all is available to serve that much needed sugar rich drink. No toilets either.

The island is made for walking, a circular tour awash with scenic views and tranquility.

And the paths are made from white seashells. Enchanting.

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