What’s nearby to Coed y Berclas

swan on the lake down the lane

Access to the whole of Anglesey and Snowdonia is easy, with outdoor pursuits such as cycling, walking, kyaking, diving and sailing around the Anglesey coast. Llanddwyn beach, with it’s miles of south west facing sand and sea, Pilots Cove, two lighthouses and forest walks, is only 30minutes away.
Pubs and Restaurants for eating out are plentiful in the area, one shore side pub just 300 yards from the cottage has lovely views across the water.

Sitting in the orchard you can gaze at the stunning view endlessly: sailing boats on the sea, distant Lowryesque figures on Bangor Pier, mussel boats over the sandbanks, starlit skies on warm summer evenings… Owls, Jays, Pheasant and Raven live in the woodland beside the cottage… and Red Squirrels have been seen.

Walking from the cottage along the lane, where traffic is infrequent, there is a positively ‘old’ atmosphere. This is part of the Anglesey Coastal Path. There is a footpath into fields and woodland, for walkers who wish to leave the road, through an exquisite area of land where modern farming is impractical and small fields intersperse with woodland and gorse.

Further along the lane is Baron Hill Golf Club. The energetic could walk it from the cottage in 15 to 20mins. It is available for public use.

Baron Hill Golf Club down the lane from Coed y Berclas

Christmas Day on Llanddwyn Beach, Anglesey

Christmas day on Llanddwyn beach

Following the wild weather across the UK before Christmas, it was a relief to awake on Christmas Day to the lovely morning which had been promised by the Met Office.

It was an easy decision to go to Newborough Warren and Llanddwyn which is only a short drive away from us, at the south western tip of Anglesey. When we arrived, the car park contained quite a few vehicles already. We put on coats and boots to keep us warm and set off to walk through the woods towards Ynys Llanddwyn, but we stopped by the entrance to the car park, enchanted by the wooden ‘totems’ standing like sentinels: they had been designed by local school children but there was nothing to say who had carved them. They depicted the creatures of the woodland around them.

totems at Llanddwyn beach
totems at Llanddwyn Beach

I always find walking through the woodland at Newborough Warren relaxing and quite wonderful – although I’m still waiting to see my first red squirrel there! The trees are a mix of deciduous and conifer, growing in sand-dunes which always remind me of camel humps. The sun was streaming through as we wandered along, greeting walkers we met along the way. We dropped down onto the beach and walked past the amazing pillar lava rock formations, across the causway and onto Ynys Llanddwyn – Dwynwen’s Isle.


Dwynwen is the Welsh patron saint of lovers and her story is on a board beside the ruins of the little church dedicated to her, to which many pilgrims trecked before Henry VIII intervened. Also on the island, which is a nature reserve, there are two lighthouses and a row of pilots’ cottages, which date back to the time when pilots were required to guide large ships across Caernarfon Bar and into the Menai Strait.

Pilots Cove at Llanddwyn island

There is a beautiful sheltered bay, Pilots’ Cove, with a sandy beach – now a delightful play area: in summer, yachts and power boats moor just outside its mouth. Even in the depths of winter people take pleasure in the tranquility and sense of history the island gives.

gate at llanddwyn island

Leaving the island just before high tide, we walked back along the long stretch of sandy beach, with wonderful views towards the mainland and down the Lleyn Peninsula. There were a lot more people walking towards us and because it was near high tide we were all restricted to a narrower section of the beach, so, for once, it felt a little crowded. We even met our neighbours and their house guests! Normally, even if the car park is full to bursting, everyone spreads out through the woodland and over the long stretches of sandy beach and there is never a sense of crowding. It is a wonderful place, in all weathers and at all times of year, and we islanders are very fond of this special area.

Dorothy Russell

26th December 2013

Happy Valentine’s day 2013!

Happy St Valentine’s Day, although in Wales we celebrate St Dwynwen’s Day on 25th January.

Dwynwen is the Welsh patron saint of lovers. She was one of the many handsome children of Brychan Brycheiniog. Maelon Dyfodrull fell in love with her but her father would not permit them to marry. (that’s fathers for you!)

Maelon was angry and threatened to rape her (it doesn’t look as though there was much love involved in his side of the relationship!!) Dwynwen anxiously prayed to be saved from his advances and Maelon was turned to ice (that probably slowed him up a little!)

Given three wishes by an angel, Dwynwen wished to be free of Maelon, that she would never marry and that she would be able to help others to find love.

With a sister and a brother, Dwynwen travelled, preaching and establishing Christian churches, finally settling on a little island just off Anglesey, now known as Llanddwyn, Dwynwen’s church/parish.

Dwynwen's church/parish on llanddwyn Island

Llanddwyn is a beautiful place, with miles of sandy beaches, walks through mixed woodland and is lapped by the Irish Sea in all its moods The island is accessible by a short causeway at most states of the tide and is well worth visiting, whether or not you are encountering difficulties in love. Currently, work is being done to maintain the remains of the little church dedicated to Santes Dwynwen on Llanddwyn.

Valentine’s Day 2013

Kite Surfers at Llanddwyn and European Geopark Status

Kite surfers at Llanddwyn beach

Daf and I had a lovely walk along Llanddwyn Beach in a brisk breeze and lovely sunshine the other day. It was great to get some exercise and blow away the winter cobwebs. Obviously the kite surfers felt the same way; they were out in force, their brightly coloured kites flying high and skimming them across the white capped waves. We just had to stop for a while to watch them: luckily Daf had his camera with him.

The Isle of Anglesey has been awarded European Geopark Status

On my first visit to Oriel Ynys Mon I stood in the history gallery fascinated by a relief map of the Isle of Anglesey which showed its fascinating geological structure. Huge upheavals exposing widely differing strata were evident and here lay the explanation of the environmental diversity across our Island.

Now this special geology has been recognised by the awarding of European Geopark Status. If, like me, you’d never heard of it and have no idea what it means, let me explain: a European Geopark is a clearly defined area with a number of important geological sites which are rare, aesthetically appealing and of scientific interest. They may also have cultural, archaeological and historic interest.

A superb description of Anglesey: there are beautiful examples at South Stack, Paris Mountain, Newborough and Llanddwyn and in many other places around the Island.

We have always known how diverse and beautiful Anglesey is and now we have ‘official recognition’.


23rd January 2010