Day 3: Wednesday 7th August 2013.
The rugged North cost of Anglesey is very beautiful but also slow going to walk along.
Hundreds of steps up and down the steep paths mean that your knees get hammered!
But overall it was still worth it.
The vast bulk of Wylfa power station was my starting point.
Wylfa Nuclear Power Station
Wylfa nuclear power station: closer in
Wylfa nuclear power station and humans!
Wylfa: overhead cables leaving the power station
Note the “Emergency plume gamma monitoring station” cabinet in the foreground.
These are sprinkled around the site, presumably to track any gamma radiation releases.
It was a little disconcerting to find that there was a basic spelling error on the labelling of each box, see below.
Is ‘monoriting’ a new word?
Nuclear power stations are some of the most complex machines ever constructed.
It’s worth remembering that they are built by fallible humans, and multiple fail-safe mechanisms will always be needed (except perhaps in checking the accuracy of labels!).
A whole field of meadowsweet
I had not realised that Anglesey contained such a huge variety of rocks:
Anglesey’s world-famous rock formations
Pre-Cambrian rocks: 860 to 542 million years old
Small copper butterfly
St Patrick’s church, near Cemaes
St Patrick’s church, near Cemaes: interior
Hard to imagine 1600 years ago when Patrick was apparently in a ship-wreck on this coast and founded the church. Would he be puzzled at the fuss we make of the Celtic saints today?
Middle mouse, Ynys Badrig, by Llanbadrig church
Middle mouse, showing sea currents
Looking back: Cemaes bay and Wylfa power station
Old mine workings
Above Porth Wen, ruins in background
Sheer cliffs near Bull Bay
Bull Bay, chemical works and Pont Llinas in the far distance
Stream near Amlwch polluted by leachate from old mineworking?
Polluted stream near Amlwch
Warning message about adders!
Last few miles to Pont Llinas
Pont Llinas – getting closer
Pont Llinas: Almost there! (it’s for sale!)
Journey’s end: well, Day 3 of the walk at least! Thanks to the back-up crew for meeting me!
Cloud formations above Snowdonia
Later that evening, near Dwyran we were having a meal at my brother’s place and I noticed these two striking pillar-shaped cloud formations above Snowdonia in the distance. Almost certainly they were due to thermals rising above the hot rocks and subsequent condensation of moisture droplets.