Sunday 12th August 2018.
Today I was out with Crosby Rambling Club and our destination was Anglesey where we intended to walk a section of the Anglesey Coastal Path. The plan was for the coach to drop us off in the village of Pentraeth from where we would walk down a green lane to the shore of Red Wharf Bay. From here we could walk along the edge of the beach to the Ship Inn and on to the promenade at Benllech. We could then continue along the cliff top path to Moelfre with time left to explore the village.
What could go wrong? Everything.
We got off the coach in the village of Pentraeth and followed the footpath sign down to the shore where we found that the tide was in. The way seemed passable so we set off.
We had only been walking for a few minutes before we glanced back to realise we were being cut off by the tide. We quickly retraced our steps. The path we had walked along just a few minutes earlier was now submerged.
At the bottom of the track there was a cottage and water was lapping its walls. Outside was a chair. Gordon sat on it and tried his King Canute impersonation to try and turn back the tide. No, it didn’t work for him either.
There was no alternative but to walk back along the track. After one hour and two miles of walking we were back on the main road only a couple of hundred yards from where we had got off the coach.
After a short section of road walking we turned right onto a minor road that led to the shore. To make matters worse it was now raining steadily. Halfway down the road we had to step to one side to let a car squeeze by. When we reached the shore the car was there with water almost up to its wheels. A local resident had come out to ask where they were heading for. They pointed to a cottage a couple of hundred yards away but the approach to it was now under water. They had only popped out to do a bit of shopping.
The helpful man explained that this was an exceptionally high tide but if they waited for a couple of hours they should be able to get through. The same thing applied to us but we could not hang around so once again we had to retrace our steps back to the road.
Another section of road walking and a stretch along a disused railway track before we turned on to a footpath leading to the shore at Talgwyn Isaf. Here at last we were able to get on the beach and follow the coastal footpath.
Finally, at least two hours behind schedule, we reached the Ship Inn where we sat outside to have our lunch. It had actually stopped raining, but not for long.
Setting off again we passed on the inland side of a caravan park and then through woodland to emerge onto the beach at Benllech promenade. There were quite a few people on the beach, many sitting under umbrellas. Not the sunshade type,but proper umbrellas to keep them dry. Parents had promised their children a day on the beach and that is what they would get.
We continued along the Anglesey Coastal path following the cliff top.
At Traeth Bychan we dropped down to a little cove where we were able to walk along the beach, but not for long. The rocks were wet and very slippery. The risk of twisting an ankle was too great and we were glad to climb up a wooded staircase to re-join the cliff top path.
It was only another mile to Moelfre, we could just about see it through the mist and rain. We were all tired and wet. Any thought of walking round the village was abandoned and we headed straight for the Kinmel Arms pub for a pint. Everyone else must have had the same idea. The place was packed and it took me over ten minutes to get served. But it was worth it. An excellent pint of Unicorn Ale.
Later back at the coach I was able to get changed into dry clothes and I think I dozed most of the journey back.
Another interesting day out. Why do I do it?