Braving a wet, windy weather walking day!

Sunday 26th June 2022

Day 6 of Anglesey Coastal Walking

It had been a foul night last night and still this morning it was raining buckets and blowing a hoolie! So, over breakfast it was a lot of “shall we?” “what do you think?” … until we decided that the Arctic explorers hadn’t been able to say “it’s too cold to go out today!!” We are the Rambling Roses and we have Anglesey to conquer, so of course it was a ‘yes.’ As we drove into Malltraeth, our starting point for today, we found ourselves making little motivational statements – “I think the rain’s easing off” “at least the wind will be behind us” “I think it’s getting a little brighter.” But who were we kidding, it was still chucking it down and the wind was swirling. We forced ourselves out of the car and made sure we were layered up in wet weather gear.

As we trudged through the inclement weather, we were occasionally treated to some sheltered woodland paths which gave us reprieve from the harsh elements. There were occasional hills over the first few miles but all quite manageable. We even had a stretch of country lane where we were able to walk three a breast and chat – very civilised – the only dangers of such sociable rambling can lead to missing the coastal paths signs – luckily that didn’t happen today. And we took it in turns to lead today – obviously the pace varied according to leader – that’s all I’m saying!!

After the first few miles of country walking we finally hit the coast – and boy, there was such a selection of beach walking ahead. We did hard sand, soft sand, sand dunes, shingle, pebbles, boulders, jagged rocks, seaweed – we had everything thrown at us today.

After a fantastic long stretch of easily walkable sand we found ourselves with an estuary which was just too deep to cross (although Steve got very wet feet in trying it out) … and so it was an extended walk with the wind on our backs to that ‘bridge too far’ … and then a long walk back on the other side, this time with the wind very much in our faces. The path eventually took us up onto the cliff tops where we continued to battle with the onshore wind in places – it can be quite precarious on narrow paths if the wind swirls in the wrong direction. Fabulous views of crashing waves – the sea incredibly lively today.
About 6 miles in, we found ourselves a little sheltered spot amongst the rocks and tucked into a selection of egg, peanut butter and cheese & marmite sandwiches (thanks Steve) – epic! And David had brought a flask of coffee – heaven! We quickly packed up and moved when we noticed a large group of ramblers heading our way – didn’t want to get stuck behind them on the path …. and it was a good call as the next couple of miles was particularly narrow.

Although some blue sky was peeping through now, the wind was still a great force. We literally got sand blasted in places – great exfoliation though! Passed a beautiful little cove with some brave swimmers and body boarders.

And for the final treat of the walking day we were faced with uppy and downy sand dunes – soft sand – so gruelling on tired legs.

After 12 miles of rambling, the Roses reached Rhosneigr, today’s destination and enjoyed a coffee in the Oyster Catcher. And the sun was shining!!

Wrapped up Sunday with a beer at the pub and a fabulous Indian meal at Rozis. And so to sleep and prepare for another day.

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