This weekend I headed to North Wales for a weekend with two of my fellow GetOutside Champions, Jason and Tracy. We were planning all manner of adventurous fun, but we didn’t decide what until we got there.
I needed an escape and the great outdoors gives me that, regularly, and so on Friday I hopped in my car and drove the 7 hours to Llanberis in rush hour… Good drills, Jamieson.
OS GetOutside Champions always need a good map!
We got up early on Saturday morning and headed to the famous and appropriately named ‘lonely tree’ in Llanberis for sunrise. It was absolutely beautiful, with just a few swans, a rowing team and a photographer for company.
That view cannot be beaten!
After a trip to the famous Pete’s Eats for breakfast – we wandered back, pored over maps and decided to head to Anglesey for the day.
My Welsh geography is terrible, I am not ashamed to say and I had this image in my mind of how long it would take to get there… It was wrong. Within about 40 minutes we had headed down past RAF Valley and we were on Anglesey.
Our first stop was the famous South Stack Lighthouse, built in 1809 to warn ships of the dangerous rocks below. e took the 400 steps down (and subsequently back up) the cliff, crossed the rope bridge and headed over to the lighthouse. We didn’t go in but it was a beautiful view back to the cliff.
After a quick stop for some lunch, we headed to the beach.
I love the sea, it is no major secret and Newborough Beach has now found a permanent place in my heart. Silhouetted mountains over a shining sea? What could be better. It’s also the first place I’ve ever been which has combined my two favourite things. I was definitely in my happy place!
If you continue to walk along Newborough Beach, you will eventually reach Llanddwyn Island. The island is rich in legend, and in particular Dwynwen. The name Llanddwyn means “The church of St. Dwynwen”.
Dwynwen is the Welsh patron saint of lovers, making her the Welsh equivalent of St. Valentine.
The lighthouse at the tip of the island marks the western entrance to the Menai Strait, the stretch of shallow tidal water separating the island of Anglesey from mainland Wales.
As we got closer to the summit the cloud came in and we were suddenly in a magical, snowy playground.
I love the snow. Cold weather in general, actually. I was in my element!
As for the summit? The last time I was up here it was about 27 degrees and sunny.
It couldn’t have been more different…
Wales, I will see you again soon!