Along the Welsh Moorlands


We travelled the A5 secondary highway through Anglesey for a bit, and then decided to get off of the main road and follow the A4080 ocean side along the moors.

Our magic map lead us to an ancient village. What remained were many stone circle foundations forming a small community of what would have been round huts. The view from the settlement was nothing less than stunning, as pictured above.

On the Cheifs Seat Ancient Foundation

Anglesey has been settled since prehistoric times. It has also been associated with the Druids, and once in the 5th century pirates came from Ireland and colonized the area. They were driven out by a powerful warlord from Scotland.

From Wikipedia;

In AD 60 the Roman general Gaius Suetonius Paulinus, determined to break the power of the Celtic druids, attacked the island utilizing his amphibious Batavian contingent as a surprise vanguard assault and then destroying the shrine and the sacred groves.

Doesn’t sound real, does it?! You can read lots more about the surreal history of the Isle of Anglesey at Wikipedia.

Cliff Edge

We parked in a lot at the edge of the cliffs (remarked on how pathetic our rental car looked with its tiny tire), and walked the picturesque Welsh moorlands.

Overlooking the Edge

Anglesey has some variation to its natural landscape, with forests, fields and lowlands, a couple of big mountain-ish hills, sandy beaches and of course the magnificent moorlands.

Welsh Moorlands The Moorlands

Anglesey is also famous for having the village with the longest name in the UK; Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.

All I can say about that is – 3 L’s in a row? I really don’t know how that is meant to be pronounced – fantastic! Yes, I had to copy/paste the name to get it right.

Views of the A4080

70% of the population of Anglesey can speak Welsh, so it is a great place to tour if you have a love for foreign linguistics, as I do.

And the Welsh language was nearly exterminated at one time, so that is no small accomplishment.

Driving the A4080

There are a plethora of stone circles, ancient ruins and remnants from prehistoric civilizations – major archaeological finds here. Every side road enticed us for a visit.

And with the variation in the natural landscape there is something available for everyone – exploring, boating, fishing, biking, hiking, walking, beach laying and wind surfing to start the list.

Winding Road

The road above was calling my name, but we did not trust our pitiful vehicle or ourselves to make it up and back. If we had a few more days in Wales, we would be unstoppable – surely to our own detriment!

We were starving now, after hiking the moorlands and driving the ocean side, so we decided to make a stop in the Royal town of Caernarfon.

Additional photos in the slideshow.

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