Day 1 of the walk: Holyhead to Llanfrachaeth: 8 miles approx

Monday August 5th 2013.
The walk began at 5.30pm at Holyhead railway station, close to the docks where the massive ferries arrive and depart on their journeys across the Irish Sea.  Like the bass guitar notes of a vast rock concert, the deep reverberating throb of ships’ engines accompanied the first few miles of the walk!  I wanted to cover 7 miles before nightfall.

Ferry traffic dominates Holyhead bay

Ferry traffic dominates Holyhead bay

A short walk around the beautiful rocky coast brought me to Holyhead causeway:

Holyhead causeway

Holyhead causeway: 3 miles from the town

After crossing the causeway, walking North up the coast brought me to the Afon Alaw estuary as the sun was setting.  Ferries continued to loom large on the horizon, adding another dimension of journey.

Holyhead from Afon Alaw estuary

Holyhead from Afon Alaw estuary

The smokestack from Anglesey Aluminium marked its silent reflection in the waters of Afon Alaw.

Anglesey Aluminium and Holyhead mountain

Anglesey Aluminium and Holyhead mountain

A solitary walk, quiet enough to hear the bubbling sound of birds in the estuary.

Not too sweaty or smelly yet!

Not too sweaty or smelly yet!

The incoming tide followed me up the river to Llanfachraeth and a welcome rendezvous with Gill and the back-up crew!