Backcountry Roads on the Isle of Anglesey in Wales

May 31, 2016.

A drive along a series of twisting backcountry roads on the Isle of Anglesey in Wales.

Leaving the collection of several medieval structures at Penmon, we passed an overgrown stone building at the point of collapse.
Abandoned overgrown stone shed at Penmon on Anglesey Island, WalesThis old structure was used for warnings to keep the area clear for farm vehicles. Abandoned overgrown stone shed at Penmon on Anglesey Island, WalesWe followed a number of narrow country roads, all with wildflowers in abundance along the sides.
Country road to Llanddona Beach on Anglesey Island, WalesFrog crossing.Frog crossing sign on the road to Llanddona Beach on Anglesey Island, WalesWe saw a sign for Llanddona Beach and turned down the road to be greeted by a long stretch of golden sand.A long stretch of golden sand at Llanddona Beach in Anglesey, WalesPortrait of some pebbles on the beach. A portrait of an unusual rock with a beach pebble on Llanddona Beach on Anglesey Island in WalesA blue Scallop shell.
Blue Scallop shell at Black Point Beach in Anglesey, WalesI couldn’t resist picking up a couple of the Scallop shells and two unusual pebbles. shells and pebbles from our May 31 walk on the beach near Puffin IslandIt was quite windy and people were flying kites.Flying a kite on Llanddona Beach on Anglesey Island, WalesKite on a beach on Anglesey Island, WalesAfter walking along the beach for awhile we went back to the car and drove only a short way when Al was suddenly hit by jet lag. ‘I can’t keep driving, I have to have a nap,’ he announced, pulling over to a shady area beside the road. While he was napping I followed a nearby footpath aways and came upon this directional sign to the beach we had just visited, along with this somewhat uninspiring view. Directional footpath sign to Llanddona Beach on Anglesey Island in WalesI made my way back to the car where I found Al fast asleep so I got out my journal to sketch some of the wildflowers.Blue wild flowers on a tiny road on Anglesey Island in WalesYellow wildflowers at Llanddona on Anglesey Island in WalesMy sketch while Al napped.  During the half hour I was sitting there a family came along the path with a curious corgi who was briefly interested in me, then turned up her nose.

“You don’t have any food,” said the owner.

The next group along the path was a harried father who asked if I didn’t want to take a couple of his over-excited kids off his hands. By then the kids had run ahead and he plunged after them.

I finished my sketch and was getting a tad chilled. Searching for a warmer spot in the sun I came to the conclusion that stinging nettles and brambles also shared a fondness for the sun.

  • Al finally woke up and announced it was time for a beer. We stopped at the town of Moelfre and headed into the pub where I had a half Strongbow and Al a Robinsons Double Hop IPA.Tap for a Double Hop craft beer at the Moelfre in Beaumaris on Anglesey Island in WalesHaving a craft beer at the Moelfre in Beaumaris on Anglesey Island in WalesThen it was back to Beaumaris where we had started the day. Again we had problems with the mid-term-break crowds as every restaurant in town was completely booked except for the Italian where Al had a pizza, and me a lamb and feta salad. buildings in the town of Beaumaris on Anglesey Island in WalesFinally we went back to the hotel bar where Al had another British ale. With Citra hops it smelled good but was flat. I again opted for the cider, this time a Thatchers Somerset Cider.My cider at the Moelfre in Beaumaris on Anglesey Island in WalesI quite liked it; it was quite dry, and the glass had an ‘agitator’ in the bottom to keep it bubbly, something the beer could have done with.cider fizzer in the bottom of my glass at the Moelfre in Beaumaris on Anglesey Island in WalesLonely Planet map for May 31st drive along a mass of tiny backroads leaving from the town of Beaumaris to Penmon and its medieval structures, and then on to Llanddona Beach and back to Beaumaris. Lonely Planet map for June 1 drive from Beaumaris to Penmon and beyond
  • More about our 2016 trip to Wales.
  • More of the Lens-Artist photo Challenge: Country Roads.

8 responses to “Backcountry Roads on the Isle of Anglesey in Wales

  1. Thanks for contributing your beautiful images of Wales to the back country roads challenge. I think the first one of the overgrown stone building is my favorite.

  2. Love your sketch, so envious of that talent! Had to laugh about the roadside nap followed by a beer 😊. Beautiful images, loved your opener especially

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