I decided to try somewhere new for an adventure over one weekend in May and figured Anglesey would be fun. I used NCR5 along the coast then headed over the Menai Bridge and turned South West.
My plan was to travel as light as I practically could and head to Newborough forest for the evening, grabbing some food along the way. I was hoping to use the Wales coastal path, however, following my route on the Etrex it turned out that large portions of the coastal path, are in fact, large portions of beach instead. Which meant I wasted some time pushing the bike over the rocks at Bryn Siencyn. After that I had to stick to the roads, some of which were pretty busy and unpleasant to share with cars!
I stopped in Newborough village around 6pm, topped up my water and grabbed some food from the chippy. I realised at this point I should have paid more attention to the weather and brought some sun screen with me. I was a bit red and crispy by this point.
Nom nom nom nom nom
I jumped back on the bike and headed in to the forest, the shade and sea breeze was very welcome. After an hour or so meandering around the network of paths and gravel roads and made my way to the beach to make my way to Llanddwyn island for the evening. I was in no rush to get setup so, again, spent an hour wandering around the island, giving the remaining visitors (photographers and tourists mainly) a friendly hello. The views are simply awesome, the Llyn peninsula to the South, Anglesey coastal reefs to the North and the entire Snowdonia range skyline to the East. Its sometimes easy to forget just how amazing wales is when you live here.
Once I had the place to myself I picked a spot, pretty much in the centre of the island and pitched the tent. I’ve come to the decision that Nescafe coffee sachets are sodding awful, I need to find an alternative. Any recommendations for decent “travelling” coffee are most welcome.
Skyscape Scout tent
As the weather was fine and clear skies were expected all night, I decided to take advantage of the new tents function where you can peel the fly sheet panels back, in essence turning it in to a bug net. It was brilliant, I spent time gazing up at the bright half-moon that lit the island up like a search light. Once the moon dipped below the horizon I had the stars as a backdrop. I’m seriously impressed with the Skyscape Scout tent!
In the morning I scoffed the obligatory “just add water” porridge and another mug of coff… black, hot water. Repacking everything was a doddle as I’d remembered to allow a little extra space, not packing things too tight. While I’m on the subject the new Lomo 12l bag swallows the tent, sleeping mat, poles, stakes and other random junk beautifully. It’s long and slim, and fits in the Bikepack.pl harness like a dream, it’s also very robust, but obviously there’s a slight weight penalty for that. Its dirt cheap too, £12.95 on Amazon.
Obligatory kit lined up picture
I left the island and would have loved to cycle down the hard pack sand of the beach, only thing was, for this trip I’d decided to make life easy on the tarmac and had fitted the 2″ Schwalbe Hurricanes, which didn’t have the volume to not bury themselves. The Nobby Nic and Rock Razor combo handles the sand here perfectly, impressive given that they’re not plus+ tyres. I got back to the gravel roads, lapped the forest and headed to the main car park to use the facilities.
Newborough forest car park
And that was that. Newborough and Llanddwyn are great, but next time I’d plan a different route, maybe up to Llangefni, then follow the Lon Las Cefni to the beach, not sure. Stay tuned…