Our summer break seemed to arrive very quickly this year, probably because we’ve both been busy running up and down hills but there was no need to rush as we packed the car with what seemed like everything we owned.
This time the mountain bikes were going on a rack on the boot so the journey down was going to be a gentle affair. The rack performed as intended but I think I’d be far happier with the bikes on the roof although most of the time they’ll fit in the boot (I have an estate car) so maybe for a few times a year the boot rack with be OK. I was amazed at how much drag they caused, both acceleration and fuel economy were severely hit.
We arrived at Cerrig-Y-Barcud at about 4pm to be greeted by AnnMarie in glorious sunshine, the weather being far better than the forecast suggested and after unloading the car and sorting everything out we chilled out until dinner then went for a leisurely walk around the back of Cerrig-Y-Barcud and Foel Farm to Anglesey Riding Center then back along the beach to the cottage.
Sunday was the first ‘no alarm clock’ day of the holiday. After breakfast, a lazy morning making sure the cake and coffee were still OK at Foel Farm (the tiffin was fantastic) we had a late lunch then made our way up to Cemlyn Bay for an afternoon walk.
The walk was about 11.5k going from the car park to the west of Cemlyn Bay and following the coast just past ‘The White Ladies’ (concrete pillars that were a 19th century shipping aid) towards Carmel Head. We then headed back east along the farm tracks back to Cemlyn.
The main purpose of the walk was to see if it was run-able for later in the holiday which it most certainly is; with good footing, not too many styles or gates and a few short hills although we may need the odd diversion round a few of the more adventurous cows. Where the path meandered too close to the cliff edge we could always find a route a little bit less precarious.
The weather was fantastic and we spotted some of the usual wildlife suspects; Sandwich Terns dashing back and forth, beaks full of Sandeels, Little Egrets fishing in the lagoon behind the bay, Gannets and Gulls soaring overhead.
We didn’t see as many butterflies as normal but this may have been due to the stiff onshore breeze.