New for 2014, a five day guided walking holiday on the Isle of Anglesey.
April 7th – 11th
May 19th – 24th
June 2nd – 6th
July 14th – 18th
September 8th -12th
Other dates could also be possible
The Isle of Anglesey is known for its ancient history and its prehistoric and Celtic remains. It is low and fertile, in contrast to the mountainous North Wales mainland, and hence it was an early grain-growing and stock-raising centre. Seafaring and fishing were also significant; trading contacts with Ireland were established early, and the island lay on a prehistoric sea route linking the Mediterranean with northern countries. Megalithic burial chambers and standing stones indicate late Neolithic and early Bronze Age habitation. Over 125 miles of the 850 miles of the All-Wales Coastal Path is on the island which connects over thirty coastal villages and towns and passes through scenery of which 95% is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)
For this tour, we have formed a partnership with Country Lanes Tours, a well established local business which has been in operation over the last 20 years in Wales.
Is the comfortable, well-appointed Carreg Bran Hotel, one the finest small hotels on the island.
Four nights accommodation and a full Welsh breakfast and three dinners at the Carreg bran Hotel
An evening tour of the Island with dinner at a country tavern
‘Meet and Greet’ and return transfers from Bangor Railway or Bus Station to the hotel
Car parking at Hotel if required
Packed Lunch each day
Return transfers each day to starting / finishing point of the walk
Daily walks with Caroline as described
£400 per person sharing
Day 1 – Half day walk – afternoon
Location: Newborough Forest and Llanddwyn Island.
This is one of the most beautiful beaches in Wales, with outstanding views of the mountains across the sea. We walk along the beach backed by pine forest and sand dunes to Llanddwyn Island – a magical place cut off from the mainland at high tide. We walk past hidden coves to the tip of the island where there is a ruined abbey, Celtic cross, two lighthouses and the old lighthouse keepers’ cottages. The whole are is a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its unique geology and wildlife.
Day 2 – Full day walk
Location – The Far Tip of Anglesey (Holyhead Marina – North Stack – South Stack – Porth Dafarch).
This walk includes the historic Breakwater Country Park, the spectacular cliffs of Holyhead mountain, the stunning wildlife at RSPB South Stack and its iconic lighthouse, Bronze Age hut circles and traditional Welsh farmland (with clawdd walls, Welsh sheep and Welsh black cattle. Wildlife includes puffins, razorbills, guillemots, the rare chough, peregrine, porpoise, dolphin, seal and a stunning variety of wild-flowers.
Day 3 – Full day walk
Location – Anglesey’s North Coast
This is a wild and rugged stretch of coast facing the Isle of Man and the Lake District (both of which are visible on clear days). Wildlife viewing includes the rare chough and a variety of heathland birds, dolphin, porpoise, guillemots and razorbills which breed on the offshore islands close-by (the Skerries and Middle Mouse). The walk also includes historic Llanbadrig church, Padrig’s Well and the interesting relics of the areas industrial heritage at Llanlleiana and Porth Wen.
Evening sightseeing tour and Pub Dinner
Day 4 – Full day walk
Location – Rhoscolyn Headland, lanes and beaches.
St. Gwenfaen’s historic church and ancient well, world famous geology and coastal scenery with black and white arches (Bwa Ddu and Bwa Gwyn), Rhoscolyn beacon and lookout, picturesque seaside village, secluded sandy beaches, woodlands and pretty Welsh lanes Wildlife includes the rare chough, peregrine, nesting shags, heathland birds and wild-flowers.
Day 5 – Half day walk – morning
Location – Aberlleiniog Castle and Penmon
A gentle woodland walk to the recently restored motte and bailey castle at Aberlleiniog, dating from 1080 we then return to the coastal path to explore the very different limestone scenery and wildlife at Penmon. Puffin Island is clearly visible across the water where in spring and summer there are nesting guillemot, razorbill, puffin, kittiwake, shag, cormorant and a small seal colony. The area is also rich in attractive historic buildings; Penmon Priory, dovecote and holy well which we will explore during the walk.