LLYS DULAS COASTAL WALK
Staggering Natural Beauty
and Thieving Seals
LLYS DULAS on Anglesey's Eastern Coast really is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Coastal Path reveals this beauty in a spectacular fashion.
This is Anglesey’s Nature at its most glorious. And here it all is, JUST WAITING FOR YOU.
It doesn’t matter whether you want to enjoy a ‘COBWEB-BUSTING WALK' or just want to ramble for an hour or two.
There again, maybe you're just looking for a lovely place to enjoy a peaceful picnic with your partner or your family.
THE ANGLESEY COASTAL PATH
I know people who march through this area seeking to complete another section of the Anglesey Coastal Path and I worry about them a bit.
The LLYS DULAS coastline really helps me slow down. I find a pace that allows my daily anxieties to rush ahead on their own to disspiate themselves harmlessly in the wind.
There is something quite unique about the Llys Dulas area of Anglesey for me. I can’t quite put my finger on it - not exactly, at least.
I know that there's an enormous amount of maritime history attached to this coastline and that captivates me.
Then, maybe it’s the scale of the LLYS DULAS Estate grazing fields falling away to the rocky coast that lend a gentle mystique.
Whatever it is, all I know is that I find an essential comfort here.
Whether you come to LLYS DULAS to hike hard, to ramble or just to idle contentedly, I am quite certain that you will find it along this particular stretch of coast.
MY ANGLESEY WALKS
I am creating a list of my favourite walks on Anglesey. They are my views and my pictures.
You'll find your own – and I really hope you do.
But if you’re a first time visitor then have a look at my WHY ANGLESEY? Page.
You'll find a lovely gentle walk in the Dulas area there as well.
Why not also visit my DULAS BEACH page for something to do on a rainy day.
Or, when you have an idle moment and just want to stand and stare in awe and delight.
I wholeheartedly recommend you enjoy both the above walks on a lovely Spring or Summer evening just before sunset when the tide’s fully out.
A SUNDAY AFTERNOON WALK
I’ll tell you how to get to the Llys Dulas a little later. It is a lovely rural route and not really difficult to find.
Please make sure that you’ve bought yourself a Tide-Timetable so that you can arrive at about High Tide. Explanation later.
I easily found the parking space opposite the gate I’d passed before. Just one other car there.
Though I could not see a Coastal Path sign I assumed the route to be down the lovely looking woodland path.
So down I ambled, relaxing more and more with every the minute.
It’s early Spring and although the trees are without leaf they create a lovely atmosphere.
About five minutes later I realised that I had inadvertently –and innocently – wandered onto Llys Dulas Estate land not open to the public.
I discovered a pheasant rearing area surrounded by chicken wire and feeding pots laid out everywhere. But there wasn’t a bird in sight.
You'll find them wandering about the fields looking very handsome and pretty stupid.
So I made my way back to the road, arming myself with a decent excuse and good manners ready to engage with any armed gamekeeper I might encounter.
MOELFRE LIFEBOAT VC – COXSWAIN RICHARD EVANS
David ‘Moelfre’ Evans, son of Lifeboat VC, Coxswain Richard ‘Dic’ Evans once told me his father was a lobster fisherman, like many around the coast of Anglesey.
It was his habit to bring lobsters to Llys Dulas, where he was always welcomed warmly into the house.
After a chat with the Lord of the House, they would always part with the owner saying,
“There’s something for you in the kitchen, Richard."
Dic Evans passed through the kitchen and inevitably picked up a brace of pheasants.
I understand that the house held a very deep respect for Dic Evans.
David Moelfre has now gone to his reward, but not without first ensuring that his father’s courage and unique character is commemorated in a very appropriate and dignified manner.
Please visit MOELFRE SEAWATCH and step behind to see Dic Evans’ statue.
Those intense deep eyes draw you in to imagine the stormy seas breaking over the bows of the Moelfre Lifeboat.
Lifeboat VC, Coxswain Richard Evans stands ready to test his fathomless determination and judgement against fearsome tempests.
BACK TO MY RAMBLE
Returning to the road I wandered down toward a house a hundred yards away on the corner.
Here you will find a style emblazoned with Anglesey path signs for the Coastal Path and the Amlwch Copper Route.
On my way I disturbed a bunny (rabbit), which dashed across the road into the Llys Dulas wood.
Here it is, camouflaged behind a stick and blending seamlessly into the tree.
Over the style, the purest white lambs scattered to their mothers who recognised their panic and called to them.
N.B. If you arrive here during lambing season please keep your dog on a leash, as the sign recommends.
You may be fortunate enough to see a lamb sheltering under the gorse with its twin, just like children camping under a blanket covered table.
The Llys Dulas coastal path is obvious in that gravity draws you downhill along the well worn farm track to the bottom.
But please tarry a moment to appreciate exactly where you are:
In the middle of beautiful and gently rolling Anglesey countryside being drawn down to the sea.
YNYS DULAS - DULAS ISLAND
Ahead you will begin to make out Dulas Island a mile or so offshore.
The Llys Dulas fields are enormous and add to the sense of space created by the blueness of the sky and sea above and before you.
From here, the route is direct through one field to the next.
It's about two-thirds of a mile to the coastline at the bottom overlooking the rocky shore that is Porth yr Aber.
(ABER means ESTUARY but there is only a little stream falling onto the rocky beach, so I’ll look into this for you.)
THIEVING SEALS AND ANGRY ANGLERS
Now let me reveal why I encourage you to arrive at around High Tide.
Something I’ve missed that last two times.
Carefully make your way down to the boulder strewn beach.
It’s slippery, so please do take care.
Above you now and near the horizon is Ynys Dulas.
Or ‘Seal Island’, as some visitors choose to call it – much to the chagrin of us locals.
Nonetheless, it is an accurate description because it is the home and nursery for the Grey Seals, the bane of all anglers along this coastline.
You can usually hear the foul language issue northward from those fishing on Lligwy Beach. They fume as they struggle to get their catch to shore before the sly seals snatch it away.
Off Ravenspoint in Trearddur Bay the kids call this, "Catching Heads".
On quite days, when the wind is blowing gently from the East, you can hear the seal pups calling to their mothers. The lady I met here told me they sound uncannily like human babies.
As the tide comes in the Grey Seals swim very close to shore to feed and, as the lady told me, they are close enough to see their whiskers.
They bob there, standing vertical in the water. Bring your camera with you and you will be guaranteed some lovely photographs.
ROCKY BEACHES TO THE NORTH
Allow your eyes to be drawn northward from Llys Dulas, the steep rolling green hills limit your view to the two shingle and rocky beaches that are your next two objectives: Porth yr Helygen and Porth y Gwichiad
You will be drawn onward from hillock to hillock, invariably heading for a peak that is guarded by a solitary sheep.
You may well encounter others who have also set out for a pleasurable or even a challenging walk along the coastline.
As I mentioned above, this stretch of coast incorporates the Amlwch Copper Route and you could – if you feel fit enough - have a go at this.
A gentleman I met that afternoon had left his car in the Lligwy Beach carpark and walked to the top of Mynydd Bodafon (Bodafon Mountain) on the other side of the main road.
From its ambitious peak you can see most of Anglesey.
There is an etched plate attached to the triangulation point advising you what is revealed before you in all four directions.
From here he walked North to Parys Mountain above Amlwch and South along the coast toward you from Point Linus.
On your little amble you may well choose to walk North to view the lighthouse of Point Linus.
It’s close, but not quite that close.
You could always take a bus back from Amlwch, but that would still leave you with about a three mile walk back to you car.
I will leave you here to discover the peace and natural quiet of a beautiful and isolated coastline.
You choose to walk as far as you wish. It really is up to you.
But I can assure you that you will feel satisfied in that part of your soul that has longed for something without really knowing exactly what for.
DEALING WITH HUNGER
If you haven't brought your picnic with you then head back to Moelfre for a cup of tea and a lovely cake at Ann's Pantry or check out Benllech.
Please have a look at my ANGLESEY FACILITIES page for information about where to go for a meal after your walk.
There are a great many easy, moderate and difficult walkS on Anglesey, so you choose exactly what suits your fitness.
One thing that unifies each and every walk is that it reveals another beautiful aspect of Anglesey’s island geography.
Before you scroll down to GETTING TO LLYS DULAS please take a moment to reflect upon your journey along this particular.
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GETTING TO LLYS DULAS
Start from Benllech on the A5025 coast road and take the first left turning at the obvious Moelfre Anchor roundabout.
(You'll pass the Llanallgo Church on your left. Many of the Royal Charter victims lie buried here).
You will next encounter your first big downhill drop past the Pilot Boat Inn on your right - A FINE PLACE. Up the other side and keep going.
Continue on this road for until you pass through the very, very small hamlet of Brynrefail. A mile or so later you will see the road sign for CITY DULAS.
Down your second steep hill and up the other side past the garage.
(TAKE CARE this portion of the A5025 has a very tragic road accident history.)
Keep going to the very top of the hill. Take the righthand turning after the chapel on your right. The roadsign indicates LLYS DULAS.
(You are at the very top of the hill here. More or less opposite the turning for DERIMON SMOKERY. I've got a hankering for freshly smoked fish so I'll go there this weekend. Heavens! I can smell it from here.)
Now your on the Llys Dulas road. Keep going, keep going, keep going for a mile. You'll arrive at a junction (bunglaow on your right). TURN RIGHT HERE.
Carry on past the road that drops down to LLYS DULAS BEACH and is signposted LLANWENLLWYFO CHURCH.
Again keep going, keep going and keep going.
You will pass by a farm on your left and the woods on your right.
When the woods end on your right, YOU ARE HERE.
(You'll find the house on the corner and Coastal Path style and gate in front of you. Back a hundred yards is a very small parking spot opposite the gate I mention at the top of this page.)
YOU ARE HERE. Green hill and blue sky to your left, trees on your right and Llys Dulas coastal path in front.
I SINCERELY HOPE YOU HAVE AS WONDERFUL A TIME AS I ALWAYS DO
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