9 September 2020

· Anglesey ·

Down to the rocks again first thing. Sun dazzling on the water. Cormorants and razorbills fishing off the rocks. Gulls, oystercatchers, and the occasional curlew passing by. I briefly spotted either a porpoise or a dolphin about 300 metres away in the bay. A dolphin, I think. I waited for it to resurface, but I saw no further sign of it. Perhaps it drowned!

In the afternoon, another of my favourite walks along the north coast of Anglesey from Porth Wen via Hell’s Mouth to Porth Llanlleiana. The views were as stunning as ever.

Hell’s Mouth
Hell’s Mouth

Spotted a pair of choughs on a large rocky outcrop. There do seem to be more of them about these days. Fantastic birds.


Having struggled up the final, very steep climb from Hell’s Mouth, we took in the view from the Coronation ‘Tower’ of Edward VII. It’s more like a derelict concrete bus shelter than a tower, but the view across to Ynys Badrig is wonderful. This is the small island where the Briton now known to the world as St Patrick is said to have been shipwrecked en route to Ireland (in Welsh, Ynys = island; Badrig = Patrick). We then descended to Porth Llanlleiana, where we enjoyed our packed lunches while watching a trio of grey seals out in the cove, after which, we headed back to the car along the winding lane festooned with autumnal fruits.

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