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The pair of us have had a relaxing day after last night’s partying but as the weather picked up we took the opportunity to explore. Thanks to Dawn I got to go to places old and new. Places that (as someone who doesn’t drive) I’d never normally get to.

We started off on territory that was very familiar to me because of family connections and childhood memories: Beaumaris. It’s a tiny but tidy little place that’s blessed with a rather impressive Georgian apartment block fronting the Menai Straits that rather sets the scene. Mind you, the old castle which dates from 1295 but was never completed also sets the place apart as a small town that punches well above its weight when it comes to buildings and architecture.

This property is a grade 1 listed building and a property here can set you back around £600,000! That said, for that price you will get 6 bedrooms and a Butler’s pantry!

We discovered something a little more to our tastes and price bracket in the narrow streets behind where we found the Little Chilli shop. It’s an Aladdin’s cave for those who love chilli’s and the myriad culinary uses they can be put to. It’s well worth a visit and we came away with a variety of chutney’s and jams.

After popping in to say hello to the party crew from last night we headed off to Red Wharf Bay which has a stunning beach that’s well worth visiting. Whilst we were there I encountered this avian critter which was a bird I’d never seen before. After posting the picture on Twitter I found out why. Apparently, it’s a Snow Bunting. You don’t get ’em in my neck of the woods as they’re coastal birds that nest way up North and the UK population isn’t exactly massive.

The bay’s a huge expanse of beach that’s very popular as it’s ideal for a long stroll, beach-combing, bird-watching, walking the dogs or simply enjoying the sea air and the great outdoors.

Moving on we decided to explore the coast further North and drove as far as Amlwch, a place I’d never visited before. The landscape here features the remains of an industry I’d never even knew had existed on the island – copper mining. Amlwch was an old industrial centre that boasted a small harbour and a freight only railway line that carried freight to/from the Associated Octel works until 1993 when the traffic transferred to road. Despite being unused since, the line remains mostly intact. There’s been talk of it reopening as a tourist line for many years but nothing’s ever come of it. Here’s some pictures of what’s left.

Here’s where the railway crosses the A5025 in central Amlwch. There’s several flat crossings in the town.
‘Eliseg’ an old 40hp Fowler built Diesel shunter from 1939 and an LMS Brake van sit rusting at Llanerchymedd, where the old railway station’s been converted into a community café. The locomotive was acquired from the Llangollen Railway in 2008 but it was in an unserviceable condition due to frost damage to its engine.
Moss covers the rusting rails at the old station in Llangefni which has been converted into a private dwelling. All the stations on the line were single platforms like this.

We’ve had a hugely enjoyable time here on Anglesey but tomorrow it’s time to leave and head home, so I’ll end this blog for now and update it with some more information as soon as I can and links to the rest of the pictures I’ve taken during our visit. Weather permitting, we’ll take our time getting home tomorrow, so there should be more pictures to add…