A Walk, A Cake and Terrifying History
I love coming down to Moelfre's little bay in Summer when the tide’s in.
It look and feels like one of those idyllic Greek fishing villages you encounter by happy accident.
Yachts and cruisers moor close to the beach and small lobster boats bob up and down on the gentle swell.
These are images that fix happy holiday memories to carry you through cold Winter days, dreaming of next Summer.
This is a very small bay with an aesthetically acceptable little pebble beach.
I challenge you to set up a stable deck chair or lie down to sunbathe without crippling your back on the pebbles.
But hang on! Moelfre is a very, very popular and thriving little visitor village. So, it can’t be the beach that bring thousands of people to Moelfre every year.
And They Return.
It's the coastline, the walks and the maritime history that brings people here.
It's also the fishing that brings people here.
Experts and novices fish by the old lifeboat station and opposite Moelfre Island.
The experts amuse themselves watching novices knocking each other on the head with their rods by the Lifeboat rocks.
You will find the second beach below just around the corner to the north. People fish off this inclined ledge.
THE ISLE OF ANGLESEY COASTAL PATH
I would normally entreat you to take a few steps along the Anglesey Coastal Path because of its abundance of general loveliness.
In Moelfre there is no need to do this. The drop down to the beach will engage you in a gentle momentum up the other side of this little bay.
Take the obvious path to your right and keep going. The ground
before you is green and lovingly maintained.
Each meadow is traversed by a mown swathe should you wish to decamp back to the village.
I challenge you to resist the urge to move on
Contrasting with the ruggedness of the north west coast, two
colours dominate the eastern coastline: Anglesey's beautiful
emerald coastline and the vital blueness of sea and sky.
N.B. The well-worn shiny rocks and pebbles of coastal path demand you keep a keen eye on your footfall.
The path is low-lying shelved cliffs that can still do serious damage should you tumble.
Allow yourself plenty of time to rest and reflect on the courage of local lifeboat men at the viewing bench created to commemorate the Hindlea Rescue.
Half a mile further and you can step off the path to view the
memorial stone offering commemoration of the
Royal Charter Disaster
- No visit to investigate the history of the 'Royal Charter Disaster' would be complete without a visit to the Parish Church of Llanallgo.
The church and its then rector, the
Reverend Stephen Roose Hughes, displayed a most humane compassion toward the victims that were gathered within the church for identification.
It's only a twenty minute trot to Lligwy Beach, were you can rest a while with an ice-cream on either side of the beach.
This pleasant coastal stretch from Moelfre northward can be taken at a fair trot or at a more leisurely and appreciative pace.
I always choose the latter, as I come here in order to escape.
I do not always require the physical mantra of stiff exercise to deflect unpleasant thoughts.
Sometimes greater work is done to heal a troubled mind by embracing natural reassuring beauty.
Mind you, the effect is greatly enhanced by stormy seas and
My heart knows what it wants and, like a good pupil, I just respectfully follow.
UNEXPECTED ICKLE BUNNIES
Late Spring and Summer offer pleasant gentle discoveries for visitors.
Less so for those residents who have engaged with the challenge of growing salad in a salty air.
Rabbits gather to munch away softly at all such futile endeavour. (
Lat. Cutius Ickle Bunnium).
It can be a more than usual sweet and lovely evening amble about the village with these visitors abroad.
The RNLI Gwylfan Moelfre Seawatch Centre
Leave your car down by the beach and trot up the road past the beach will bring you to the
You could also follow the obvious path past the old lifeboat station just up from the beach.
Moelfre Seawatch is a permanent exhibition that commemorates and highlights one of Britain’s most famous lifeboat stations.
Here you can walk around one of the village's historic lifeboats.
Easter to September - Open 7 Days a Week from 10.30am until 4.30pm.
Gwylfan Seawatch Centre website
COXSWAIN RICHARD EVANS - Lifeboat VC
If you care to walk two hundred yards along the coastal path then in Summer you can enjoy a tour of the present lifeboat station.
Under Dic Evans' leadership the Moelfre Lifeboat pulled off one of the most astonishing rescues of the last century.
The Hindlea came to grief a 100 years and a day after The Royal Charter disaster in a 104 mph hurricane in 1859.
As with everything to do with the Royal National Lifeboat Institute, it is run by volunteers. So drop a quid into the collection box.
Step around the museum and you will discover a marvellous life-size bronze sculpture of Richard Evans.
In his Sou’ Wester he is eternally leaning into wind and storm, steering his lifeboat to some unfortunate soul’s rescue.
My parents were deeply moved when they first viewed the sculpture with the deeply focussed eyes and stoic character etched into his face.
This sculpture not only captures one of our greatest heroes but offers a sense of these astonishing men.
Take a moment to pay your respects.
In the last year a sculpture has been created on the seaward side of the Seawatch Centre that will steal away your breath with its stunning, sharp starkness.
This is the brass plate commemoration of the ROYAL CHARTER DISASTER.
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Don’t feel that you need to bring absolutely everything with you in the car when you come to Anglesey. Just bring yourself.
Everything you need for your visit you can buy locally.
Support small local businesses and enhance your contribution.
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If you want to amuse yourself, then stand back form the old lifeboat station on a sunny day and watch the novices cast and strike each other.
If you've got any ambition then you'll head for the ledges marks opposite Moelfre Island near the wreck of the
There are excellent marks along the coastal path to the north of the village. As good a spot as any lies in front of the Royal Charter monument.
Early to late Spring is a good time for mackerel bashing, that is, if you don't mind competing with the odd seal or pod of dolphins and porpoises.
Take bets with each other on who can strike and get the fish to shore intact. Can be a good place for fish heads and choral expletives.
SURFING, WINDSURFING & KITE-SURFING
Moelfre presents itself as an ideal centre for walking the coast, visiting the Seawatch Centre, fishing, enjoying a meal and a pint, or tea and a cake.
Surfing, Windsurfing and Kite-Surfing are not on the agenda here. Enjoy Moelfre for what it is: A delightful little village and a fabulous coastal path.
For some good action in this area:
Either, head a few miles down south to for excellent conditions when the NW or NE have been blowing for a few days.
LLIGWY BEACH Or, you can head North a few miles to .
The wonderful thing about living on an island is that when the conditions on the west coast of Anglesey - at and RHOSNEIGR - are not favourable, then head for the opposite coast.
TREARDDUR BAY Both beaches have excellent reputations and receive glowing reports.
Lligwy Beach can be wild and fantastic for the skilled.
BOAT LAUNCHING AND REGISTRATION
The coastline around Moelfre is shelved low cliffs, ideal for fishing but impossible to launch anything other than rowing boats.
You'll undoubtedly notice the number of sailing boats, jet-skis and power boats playing up and down this pleasant coastline.
So from where do they launch?
Down the coast between Benllech and Moelfre is Traeth Bychan. It is here that you can launch your craft.
The County Council requires you to register powerboats over a certain horse power and also lists the required qualifications.
Please CLICK HERE for all the above information and about launching fees on other Anglesey beaches and slipways.
PETS ON THE BEACH
• No major prohibition on dogs at Moelfre, but please keep them on a leash - Unlike Crazy Fido here.
• However, there are Seasonal Prohibitions on dogs on certain Anglesey beaches.
• Always bring a doggie poo-bag with you because the little dears can't always help themselves.
Imagine specific matter oozing from between your tanning and sandy toes.
Imagine a worse scenario; it’s your child.
• The main concern regarding dogs on Anglesey beaches is a health issue.
Doggie poo can blind for life.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT DOG RESTRICTIONS ON ANGLESEY BEACHES PLEASE CLICK HERE.
I would love to hear from you about your stay in Moelfre and Anglesey. Especially if you enjoyed the Anglesey Coastal Path and a walk up and down the coast.
Maybe you have questions that you want to ask before you get here.
Maybe you are one of those visitors who has been visiting Anglesey for decades.
Please tell me what makes Moelfre a really special place for you.
Maybe you have special advice - or even warnings.
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• Travel north from Benllech for about three miles on the A5025 coast road.
• Turn right at the obvious large roundabout decorated with a large anchor as a centerpiece. Follow the road down into the village.
• Turn down to you right at the village shop on the corner and drive down to the beach. There is a very small car park overlooking the beach.
There is usually plenty of kerb-side parking on the road down to the above beach turning.
Visit Llanallgo Royal Charter Church .
More about The Royal Charter Disaster .
The Royal Charter Sculpture .
Return from Moelfre to ANGLESEY EASTERN BEACHES .
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