Tag: Anglesey

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…

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A couple of weeks ago we ventured to Anglesey for our annual start of May bank holiday break. Every year it seems to take ages to get to the start of May but it certainly feels great once you realise the time is here. We took even more gear than usual as this year we had a couple of mountain bikes with us. We managed to get them in the car but only because this is a relatively short break, for anything any longer we’re going to have to ‘carry’…

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So it’s just under a month until my first marathon, “Trail Marathon Wales” at Coed-y-Brenin, Snowdonia and I’m starting to get excited and admittedly a little anxious as well. Will my training have been OK? Have my previous injuries fully healed? Have I planned and practiced my fuelling strategy well enough? These and a thousand other questions will no doubt enter and leave my head in the coming month but as each one has surfaced, so far I can confidently say, Yes. I am as ready as I want to…

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After our somewhat strenuous walk up Snowdon in the blazing heat our next walk was the little easier Holyhead Mountain. Not really a mountain in the ‘proper’ sense but that’s what it’s called and getting to the top did involve a few mountain goat style climbs in places. We started our walk at the car park just above RSPB South Stack where looking back down to the light house and forward to North Stack you got some amazing views of the cliffs on  this side of Anglesey. After walking to…

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Another of our favourite beaches on Anglesey is Sandy Beach, and yes it really is called that. Local information says that you fish it a couple of hours either side of low water for either; Bass if there’s a surf or Smooth Hound if it’s flat. As Anglesey was treating us to some truly fantastic weather we visited Sandy Beach one evening over low water. The sea was mirror calm as we loaded our pulley rigs with fresh Peeler crab, waded out to gain a few yards distance and launched…

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It’s not often that we get a ‘summer like it used to be’ but this year seems to have renewed my faith in the good old British Summer. We’ve just been to Anglesey for a couple of weeks and it’s been a scorcher. Temperatures over 30°C and glorious blue skies. It’s been a bit thundery since we got back with the odd torrential downpour, but skin is waterproof so it didn’t stop us running although it won’t surprise me if I hear people complaining after the summer break that we…

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After a few days relaxing we elected to visit a beach on the western side of Anglesey, Porth Nobla or ‘Broad Beach’ as I think it’s called. This beach has thrown up a few good fish for us in the past and even though there was no wind to speak off we were hoping for a good evenings sport with a few dogfish and, after chatting to an angler on our walk along the Cymyran Beach a few days earlier, a Turbot or two. The beach was almost deserted as…

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An early start saw us making much better time than anticipated on our journey down to Anglesey so we popped in to ‘Oinkys’ a new cafe on the A55 at Llandulas owned and run by Gareth, who coincidently owns Menai Angling where we picked up a healthy supply of bait for the next two weeks. The café was excellent and the bait equally so and we arrived at Our cottage at Ty Cristion around lunch time. The usual unpacking was quickly followed by a trip to the local supermarket then…

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After visiting Newborough, Anglesey, a couple of months ago we’d been hoping our fitness ‘played ball’ for our summer visit to the island and, as we arrived once more at the main car park for Newborough Beach we couldn’t help but feel a little excited. This was to be one of our challenges of the holiday, 1 lap (approx. 11k) of the 2011 Commonwealth and Mountain Running Championship Trail Run (the official run was 5 laps). You can click on the image to the left which is the sign near…

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It’s always the same isn’t it, that stupid excited feeling you get as your first holiday of the year arrives. So it was a few weeks ago when we ventured once more to the beautiful Isle of Anglesey and 2.5 hours later we were unloading a small expeditions worth of gear into ‘Bethan’s Corner’, the cottage at Ty Cristion that was to be our base for the coming week. We were so relaxed it took us a while to get going. The bait was keeping well in the fridge and…

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