Tuesday, 22 March 2016

UK Staycation: Anglesey, Wales

I think Wales comes second only to the Lake District in my most relaxing places to visit. I absolutely adore the place and have visited frequently over the past couple of years. 

Earlier in March, I visited Anglesey for a weekend, staying Friday to Sunday and let me tell you, it was heavenly! 

First of all, it's daffodil season in Wales at the time (and frog season...eeeek!) and everywhere, daffodils were coming into bloom. The only decent picture I managed to take of the daffodils was in a cafe in Penrhos...not one of my outdoors pictures was as nice as this one! Daffodils, to me, are one of the cheeriest flowers, bobbing in the breeze and signalling that winter really is over.


UK Staycation: Anglesey, Wales

We stayed just over the Menai Bridge at Anglesey Lakeside Lodges, a small, quite exclusive and very hidden resort of a few lodges all with spacious grounds. 

From there, we had a great base to explore the island of Anglesey. 

One of our stops was the village of Beaumaris, the home of a magnificent castle started in 1295. What grabbed my attention though was this old house on Castle Street in the village. I LOVE history on the streets like this and adored that it was now an estate agents...selling very modern houses! This is one of the oldest houses in Great Britain, dating from 1400. Imagine what it's seen! 

UK Staycation, Anglesey Wales

From Beaumaris, we continued along to Penrhos Coastal Park where we did a walk around the park (owned by Anglesey Aluminium Metal Ltd...). We followed a coastal path with fantastic views across to Holyhead (and it's ferry terminal!) 

A few things in its favour - it's free to park, there's free toilets and there's lots of dogs! Those things become very important when you're on a day out, haha! 

It seemed that around every corner there was more interesting things to see, including these charming owls.

UK Staycation, Anglesey Wales

UK Staycation, Anglesey Wales

UK Staycation, Anglesey Wales

The remains of a boathouse in a small cove provided a useful landmark and a gorgeous view! 

The following day, we decided to explore the area between Aberffraw and Rhosneigr. The walk here was muddy but worth it for the views and the rocky bays. There were loads of private little inlets that looked stunning and then as we rounded a corner, gorgeous sandy beaches and blue seas! 
UK Staycation, Anglesey Wales

UK Staycation, Anglesey Wales

UK Staycation, Anglesey Wales

Finally, on the way back to our lodge, we circuited the island and stopped off at Amlwch to see the port near there where this anchor caught my eye.


We made it back to our lodge in time for a sunset hot-tub session overlooking the lake - can you imagine a better day to end the day? 


All in all, Anglesey was so relaxing and ruggedly beautiful. I'd love to have explored more and stayed longer but at least I managed to get my walking boots muddy! 

Have a beautiful day, inside and out

Tori xx

P.S. Have you seen my other staycation posts? The Lake District, Manchester, Bolton Abbey in Yorkshire, Dunham Massey in Cheshire

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