As well as sea fishing during our summer break we managed to do a bit of walking around Anglesey even though the weather this year was a bit hit and miss.
A new walk for us this year was local to the cottage where we stay at Bodedern. Setting off at Llanfachraeth, we did a circular. Westwards seawards then down the coast to follow the Afon Alaw back inland. A leisurely walk of about 6 miles which took in some quiet country lanes and some beautiful unspoilt coastline.
The fields and farmland have benefitted from the over abundance of rain on Anglesey as well as everywhere else with the yellow of Oilseed Rape showing everywhere. Near Bodedern we spotted a new colour, blue an returning home, after a bit of research, I found that these fields are full of Linseed Oil. Timing Is everything while trying taking a photo outside and it took a while, but eventually the sun played nice and I managed to get this shot.
In our eternal quest to locate new sea fishing spots we had a look at the Afon Braint, a small river near Newborough which flows into the Menai Straights, looking for shoals of feeding Mullet.
We only saw one fish jump while we were here but we did spend a good few hours exploring the area before the tide covered the exposed salt marsh. The dunes in this area offer a truly spectacular habitat for all forms of fauna and even without looking we spotted this pair of mating 6 Spot Burnett moths.
We took a couple of books with us and spent a very lazy afternoon reading on the banks of the river as the tide came in. The silence here is amazing, one of the few places where you cannot hear anything from the 20th century, amazing.
We left with Buzzards swooping overhead and ponies grazing on the marsh, even more relaxed. If there is one place we visit in all our travels Anglesey in undoubtedly the best place to unwind.
As well as walk along Afon Alaw we did a fair bit of sea fishing there and although the Mullet eluded us we did managed to catch a Bass while saltwater fly fishing. The lagoon formed by the river just before it enters the sea properly is a great place to spend a few hours chucking a fly or lure and is reached by walking past this ruin of a small cottage that Wendy wants to ‘mend’, hopefully she’s joking.
Every time we come away from Anglesey we’re convinced that it can’t get any better and every year we are proved wrong. A case in point this year was a spur of the moment visit to The Oystercatcher, a new cooking academy / restaurant in Rhosneigr. The service was outstanding and the food magnificent and I whole heatedly recommend taking the time to visit this new enterprise which as well as being a great place to eat aims to give a few young people on the island a valuable trade which they’ll hopefully be able to use in future careers.
After our evening feast we spend the last evening on another of our favourite beaches (there are quiet a few) Cymyran Bay and as the sun dropped below the horizon turning the sea to gold we braved the cold waves, well up to our knees, and said goodbye to one of the best places in the UK.