Exploring the Llyn peninsula and Isle of Anglesey

We continued to explore the Llyn peninsula and beyond for the last two days. There have been a series of weather fronts blowing in from the West with gale force winds battering the coast. On Monday, we drove to Criccieth on the edge of the peninsula. The Castle on a promontory was closed but we wandered round the village and had a nice lunch there.

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Criccieth Castle

We then crossed the peninsula to the village of Morfa Nefyn and drove out to the coast carpark near the golf course. The weather was foul with driving rain. Even the sheep were all facing the same direction away from the wind. I noticed a small village nearby at sea level which turned out to be Porthdinllaen – a much-photographed coastal hamlet with quaint houses and waterfront inn set above a beautiful half-moon of sands. The village and beach are owned by the National Trust, with access only by foot. Hope to walk there later in the week.

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Beaumaris Castle

On Tuesday, the weather was just as bad with mist, rain and strong winds. We had decided to visit Beaumaris Castle on the Isle of Anglesey, about 90 minutes drive away. The weather improved when we arrived in Beaumaris. The Castle was built as one of the ‘iron ring’ of North Wales castles by the English monarch Edward I, to stamp his authority on the Welsh. However, it was never finished, as money and supplies ran out before the fortifications reached their full height.

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Beaumaris Castle inner courtyard

Beaumaris is regarded by many as the finest of all the great Edwardian castles in Wales, and architecturally, is regarded as the most technically perfect castle in Britain. Its ingenious and perfectly symmetrical concentric ‘walls within walls’ design, involving no less than four successive lines of fortifications, was state of the art for the late 13th century. The gate next-the-sea entrance protected the tidal dock which allowed supply ships to sail right up to the castle. Beaumaris is endlessly fascinating. There is so much to see here, the 14 separate major obstacles that any attacker would have to overcome, the hundreds of cleverly sited arrow-slits, the deadly use of ‘murder holes’ to defend entrances. This outstanding fortress is a World Heritage inscribed site.

We then drove on to Penmon point, which is near the cliff (Flagstone quarry) where the celebrities in this years “I’m a Celebrity – get me out of here” started the programme a few days ago by abseilling down the cliff to get their rucksacks.. The programme is usually held in Australia, but this year, because of the pandemic, is being filmed in an old castle in North wales. Quite a lot to see including puffin island, a lighthouse, views across to Llandudno on the mainland, a priory, an enormous dovecot and a 6th century well.

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Penmon lighthouse and Puffin Island


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Penmon Dovecote

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