Michael and Pam's Travels

Plas Newydd, Anglesey, Wales. 2017

Travelled: 84 kilometres from Conwy to Amlwch on the Isle of Anglesey, Wales

Visited: Great Orme, Llandudno, parking ยฃ3 per 2 hours after 10am, then Plas Newydd at Llanfairpwll, National Trust ยฃ11pp

Stayed: A small carpark on Upper Quay Street, Amlwch above the marina, free. (Windcamping) N53.41597, W04.32891

 

We wake to seagulls squarking at something or other about 6am. ย There’s a hell of a racket, they must be fighting over a chip. ย The tide was running to it’s ebb last night and it’s running again now. ย  We have had a very quiet night didn’t hear a train or much else till the seagulls.

 

The morning is still very grey and chilly. ย Makes you wonder about Wales in summer. ย Yesterday we had planned a walk up the Great Orme, but a combination of drizzle and lack of parking made it impracticable. ย We have coffee and fruit before we drive back over to Llandudno to give it another go. ย Luckily enough we find a single spot for the Hymer and I reverse park into a premo spot. ย Better still pay parking doesn’t start until 10am so we have 2 hours to do the Great Orme.

 

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The Great Orme, a large limestone plateau jutting into the Irish sea overlooks Llandudno.

 

From the Great Orme looking east across the bay. Part of the Promenade at Llandudno can be seen.

 

From the top of the Orme we see a tiny church. We walk down to find St. Tudno’s Church. A church has stood on this site since the 6th century. ย The current building since the 12th century.

 

Walking back briskly to beat the parking meter we get a lovely view of the old caste iron pier at Llandudno.

 

Back in the Hymer with 10 minutes to spare we make our way to the A55 and head west for Anglesey. ย We are reminded of home as we pass Bangor before crossing the Menia Straights. ย Its only a half hour journey and we turn for Plas Newydd. ย The hereditary home of the Marquess of Anglesey. ย  Given to the National Trust in 1976 its in the style of a classic 18th manor house although the original building is much older.

 

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Standing above the Menia Straight (The channel between Anglesey and the Mainland) the house provides spectacular water views.

 

No front yard would be complete without several cannons guarding the place.

 

Considered to have the finest collection of art in Wales ? Not sure but the walls are full of interesting pictures.

 

Interesting bits and pieces.

 

Big taps for a big bath.

 

After our visit to Plas Newydd we drive north-west and follow the coast. ย Lots of old looking campsites and farms scattered about. ย It’s an easy drive with plenty of sweeping views across the Irish Sea. ย By the time we approach Amlwch we think we should find a spot for the evening. ย The Wildcamping data-base has a carpark here so we turn off the A5025.

 

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Our parking spot in Amlwch.

 

In the early evening we take a walk around to the port then up to the village. It’s a pretty little place.

 

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