Monday, May 28, 2012

Carmel Head and Ynys y Fydlin

This last weekend was intended for some catching up with stuff at home but the lure of the coast was just too irresistible during the spell of warm sunny weather. Trev and I were looking for somewhere to hide from the brisk easterly winds that had been forecast.

We arrived at Cemlyn Bay on the north east corner of Anglesey. Beyond the shelter of the bay the sea was a choppy mess of blue and white. However, we spotted a route among the rocks close to the shore leading all the way to Carmel Head.

Before committing ourselves to the overfalls at Carmel Head we landed on a tiny shingle beach and walked over to the other side to check all was well with the sea to the west. It was much calmer so after a short rough stretch we paddled into the smoother waters of Anglesey's west coast.

Passing a series of craggy headlands and sheltered bays we soon arrived at Church Bay.  The welsh name of Porth Swtan is derived from the welsh name for whiting. This follows a tradition for naming natural harbour after the fish that were landed there. Trev and I skipped the fish course and went straight for the strawberries and cream scones all washed down with plenty of tea.

On the way back to Cemlyn we spent a long while exploring this areas hidden gem. Ynys y Fydlin has a beautiful pebbly beach, a freshwater lagoon and pine woodland. The moors above give stunning views to the Skerries, and along the coast to North Stack.

Even with the strong easterly wind sweeping down through woods, this place has a magical kind of peace about it.

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