Thursday, 27 September 2012


The entire rural coastline of Angelsey has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  We haven't seen it all - the Angelsey Coastal Path is about 200k or 125 miles long - but we certainly appreciated the parts we did see.  We had stunning sea views from clifftops where we watched Harbour Porpoises breaking the surf; we walked through woods hearing  Buzzards calling and sat counting large flocks of Curlews and Terns on wide open beaches.  We visited historical sites and marvelled at the age of the rock formations (it has some of the oldest rocks in the world) and ended the week at an RAF air display.

In August the country lanes were filled with Crocosmia.

This month we were surrounded by Fuschia ..
...... rose-hips as big as babies' fists and the "glossy purple clots" of blackberries "like thickened wine".

This Magpie Moth was enjoying the afternoon sun.  Our visit also gave us Gatekeeper, Small White, Small Tortoishell, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Small and Large Heath, Small Copper, Common Blue and Peacock butterflies.

We saw about 80 species of birds including Chough. 

There are only about 500 breeding pairs of Chough around the UK so it was nice to get a close view of this one. We saw large numbers of Curlew and enjoyed seeing the Sandwich and Common Terns.
Rock Pipit
Here's something you don't see everyday!

My what big claws you've got!

We visited a 12th century chapel:

and the site of an iron-age village at Din Lligwy:

and a burial chamber thought to date back to 3000BC:

The capstone weighs over 25 tons! How did they shift it into place without machines?
We followed in the footsteps of Charles Dickens as we visited the site of  ship wreck that claimed the lives of over 450 people just yards from the shore.  It was October 1859 when hurricane force winds pushed the Royal Charter onto the rocks.  The passengers were wealthy people returning from Australia with large sums of gold.
We finished the week at RAF Valley.  The Squadron was celebrating its 100th year anniversary and our eldest son took part in the air display.

If you want to extend your 'visit' to Wales then Janet, a fellow blogger, is redesigning her Angelsey garden at Plantaliscious.  I'm sure she would be delighted if you visited her there!


  1. Sounds like a lovely place and you certainly took some great bird pics.

    1. Thanks for visiting. My husband is the birder and the photographer. I'm a point and snap merchant. If you look at my blog photos you can tell at a glance which ones are his!

  2. Hi, thanks for letting me take the journy with you, I thoroughly enjoyed that :-)

  3. Wow, Pat – we missed so much by not walking along that path on our visit 5yrs ago. I’d have loved to see (photo & video too) all those butterflies! It’s great you have shared this so others will take a closer look when along that way :-)

    Thanks for your comments on my blogs, sorry I haven’t visited much in return.