Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Newborough Warren Wander

Newborough Warren Wander

Caernarfon Castle, Newborough, Snowdonia
Caernarfon, its castle and Snowdonia beyond

Arriving at the little Penlon car park (NGR: SH 432 644) we browse the slate fencing with its carvings of local wildlife, before setting off across the Newborough Warren sand dune system towards the Menai Strait. The path weaves its way through the white sandy part-grass-covered dunes and we keep an eye out for the feral ponies that are sometimes seen here. We catch a glimpse, but they keep their distance. Eventually we reach the saltmarsh fringing the bay between Abermenai point and the mouth of the Afon (River) Braint.  From here, Anglesey's most southerly corner, there are spectacular views over to Caernarfon, its castle, and the mountains beyond; temptations perhaps for another day? Looking right we see Abermenai point at the mouth of the Menai Strait, and the open sea beyond.  But we head left  towards the Braint, then back through the dunes and the end of our warren wander. Back at the car our minds stray to thoughts of steaming cappuccinos and the good food served at Marram Grass cafe which is just around the corner.  What better way to round off our gentle morning's ramble!  (The walk takes approx. 1 hour) 

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