Day 068 : Menai Bridge – Penmaenmawr

I walk under two bridges that join Anglesea to the mainland which is about as close as I get to Anglesea. I am not including walking round islands during this challenge, but I will be back one day.

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The first bridge is the Britannia which was rebuilt in 1970 to carry both rail and road traffic. The original bridge was built by Robert Stephenson which burnt down after a cinder from a train passing through set it alight . He also built many of the lighthouses in Wales. The original support towers have been used in the new bridge.

I leave this bridge and walk along the shores of the Menai Straights. This woodland area between the two bridges is owned by Bangor University. The School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography study the habitat and monitor the wildlife.

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Menai Suspension Bridge, the second one, looms up. This is a road bridge built by Thomas Telford and now has World Heritage status. I continue along the coast to Garth which has a pier. The Victorian pier has a series of octagonal towers or shelters down each side. It is all rather pleasant and not over commercialised.

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The harbour at Porth Penrhyn is now mainly used by the leisure industry with yachts and boats but was a major port in shipping welsh slate. As I walk along the coast towards Llanfairfechan, sometimes on the rocky beach or along a narrow grassy strip I notice the fence made of welsh slate posts which I quite liked.

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I walk through Llanfairfechan which has the feel of a seaside resort with a lake on the promenade. I stop for an ice cream before my last stretch to Penmaenmawr.