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September 21, 2011


Destination – An Anglesey Beach in Autumn

by gordonmichaelsutton

Next time having an actual destination in mind from the start might help. That’s not to say a long, ambling drive through North Wales wasn’t worth the extra miles. The itinerary’s either quite impressive or foolhardy depending on your point of view, taking in Ruthin and it’s fabulous Arts Centre, the Denbigh Moors, the stunning terrain of Snowdonia, Porthmadoc, and finally over the bridge to Anglesey.

   Here’s the Denbigh  Moors looking more welcoming than usual without mist or rain. And it was still only 11.30 in the morning! Quick stop and coffee to go from the petrol station and on towards Snowdonia.

Been this way many times before, taking a right into the Llanberis Pass. Not today, though.

Off the beaten track and a long drive through breathtaking scenery towards Porthmadoc and the coast. Have to say, the latter was disappointing, and moved on quickly via Criccieth (I did say an actual destination from the start might have helped).

Some great views of the sea here though. And I never knew Criccieth had a castle, dotted in on the coast between it’s better-known neighbours, Harlech and Caernarfon.

Caernarfon wasn’t going to figure on the drive today, however.


These are two shots of Snowdonia just before heading off for Porthmadoc.

But Anglesey had a beach in store that rounded off the day perfectly. And a chance find, too.

Aberffrawe Beach .. on the west side of the island. And still not the easiest to get to. First a long walk out across a sandy estuary and then suddenly, the sea.

Perfect skies added to the drama of the place. And only the seagulls for company.

One day this is exactly the sort of place I’ll walk the three labradors I’ve promised myself – Buddy, Champ and Brando. Well, either here or on a Mediterranean or Californian shore – who knows?

Beachcombing for driftwood over and just a few more photographs and time to head back.

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Sep 24 2011

    The scenery on Anglesey’s amazing at this time of year. The beach at Aberffraw is one of our favourites – love the photo!

    • gordon m sutton
      Sep 24 2011

      Thanks for your kind comments. Been to Anglesey plenty of times before and don’t know how I’ve missed Aberffraw. Will definitely be heading back. It’d be great to see it on a stormy day.


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