Monday, June 18, 2012

Saints and Islands of Southwest Anglesey

A warm and settled day greeted our small group as we arrived at Newborough beach. Llanddwyn Island was our first stop. The low craggy shores provided some excellent rockhopping fun with some gentle swell running in from the south.

Llanddwyn is not strictly and island because it is only cut off from Newborough Forest by only the highest of spring tides. The 'Island' takes its name from St Dwynwen, the patron saint of Welsh lovers, who lived there as a hermit during the 5th Century.

Having spent some time exploring, we headed off across the bays of Malltraeth and Aberffraw in search of St Cwfan's Church-in-the-Sea. There has been a church here since the 7th Century but the present building dates back to the 12th and 13th Century.

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