70. Rhosneigr to Newborough

This section involved two walks, a long one and a short one, puncuated by a bus ride! I drove to and parked at the Llanddym Island parking spot in the Newborough Forest. I arrived at 8:30 but  no-one was at the toll booth to take the £4 parking charge. There were many other cars parked, mainly joggers and dog walkers. I asked a lady when I’d parked my car  and she said there was no machine, so at that time you did’nt pay. I did see  when I returned to the car park at about 16:00 a lady locking the toll booth up and leaving.

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Rhosneigr in the distance

To get to Rhosneigr I walked towards Newborough along the WCP, when I reached  the A4080, at the Pen Lon roundabout I caught the #42 bus to Aberffarw; where I changed buses and caught the #25 for a short hop to Rhosneigr.

When I arrived in Rhosneigr the first thing I could hear was the noise of engines from the Angelesy Racing circuit some 3 miles away!

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Barclodiad y Gawres tomb

The first couple of miles was easy beach and cliff-top walking before I came to my first port of call, the Barclodiad y Gawres, the largest Neolithic tomb in Wales. A metal gate blocks further investigation, but it is sometimes opended for guided tours.

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The church of St. Cwyfan on Cribinau
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Malltreath

The noise from the motor racing circuit increases as I get closer and the path makes an inland detour to get around the circuit. I see many marshalls, but cannot see any of the action until I emerge at a small bay called Porth China. I can see that motor bikes are being raced, as part of the circuit is now visible. I also noticed the small tidal island of Cribinau, with the 13th century church of St. Cwfan. As the tide was out, I visited the small church. Apparently, the church was once connected to the mainland, but erosion of the boulder clay made it an island. The remaining portion of the island and graves has been protected from further erosion by a stone wall around its perimeter. Unfortunately, the church was locked when I visited. It was kind of strange having motor racing a few hundred meters away, while I was sitting on this lovely tranquil island.

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Snowdonia and the Lleyn from Ro Bach beach

I round a small headland and followed the Afon Ffraw into  Aberffraw, the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Gwynedd. The Afon Ffraw was tidal, but today I could have simply taken my boots off and walked the 6 steps across. I opted to stay until the bridge and walk back alongside the opposite bank.

After the small beach of Aberffraw Sands the WCP sweeps inland for a large detour around the Bodorgan Estate, which is notable for having very few public footpaths on its Estate. The large detour takes the path directly into another small village, Malltraeth. It was here that attempts were made in the 19th century to reclaim land lost to the sea by building a large wall, The Cob, along which I walked. My next section was Newborough Forest, which is huge , although Forest tracks hold no great appeal to me. After 3 miles of forest walking I emerge onto the beach at Ro Bach. I could walk out to the attractive island of Llanddwyn, but it has been a long day and I am tired. The beach is very busy and crowds are enjoying the late autumn sunshine.

Distance today = 20 miles
Total distance =   1060 miles

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3 thoughts on “70. Rhosneigr to Newborough”

  1. That’s a looong walk, Allan 😀
    I did this section in 2 days last week, going the opposite way, of course. Shame that estate won’t open up a path for coastal walkers. The inland diversion was pleasant but irritating. I did visit Llanddwyn island, although had to wait for the tide to go down before I could get across. It was very pretty.

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    1. Hi Ruth, wow you must have at least 5 or 6 days of report writing to catch up on! Hope to finish “the gap” by Saturday. Although I doubt I will be going down Dolecroft lane! lol.

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