Day 2 of the walk: Llanfachraeth to Wylfa power station, 15 miles approx

Day 2: Tuesday 6th August 2013.
An early start from our camp-site near Benllech. We drove back to Llanfachraeth, then posed on this superb footbridge built to cross Afon Alaw.  European Union funding does do some good!

Footbridge across Afon Alaw

Footbridge across Afon Alaw

Once more, the tide was stealing in up the river.  As we watched from the bridge, shivering ripples in the water were accompanied on occasion by flashes of silver.  Sprats were coming in with the tide, looking for food.  And then we saw them, bigger swirls and splashes – grey mullet chasing the sprats.  And all the while, the water flowing up on either bank.  It was a magical moment, early morning, still, silent, a pure gift.

Gill with Ollie and Meg

Gill with Ollie and Meg, Afon Alaw in the background

Gill accompanied me for a short way, and then it was time for a fast walk down the estuary to the coast.  I met other walkers and it’s hard not to feel a slight tinge of competition, “No, I don’t want to be overtaken!”  Walking Northwards up the shore I was struck by the huge wide-open skies.

Looking back towards Holyhead

Looking back towards Holyhead

Looking North along the coast

Looking North along the coast

Seaweed and headland

Seaweed and headland

Wildflowers in profusion and everywhere the sound of bees

Wildflowers in profusion, and everywhere the sound of bees

Funnel web spider

Funnel web spider

Fireweed and meadowsweet

Fireweed and meadowsweet

Church Bay

Church Bay

Red Admiral Butterfly

Red Admiral Butterfly

Cliff path looking back to Holyhead

On cliff path looking back to Holyhead

Horses above Church Bay

Horses above Church Bay

Cinnabar moth caterpillar on ragwort

Cinnabar moth caterpillar on ragwort

Barley white unto harvest

Barley white unto harvest

Ground flowers - species?

Ground flowers – species?

Ynys y Fydlyn

Ynys y Fydlyn: amazing confluence of landscapes

The Skerries

The Skerries in the distance

Eroded arch near Carmel Head

Eroded arch near Carmel Head

Beached creature near Carmel Head

Beached creature near Carmel Head

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Who paints the sky into glorious day?

Old mine workings, and Wylfa nuclear power station

Old mine workings, and Wylfa nuclear power station

Grass and sheep!

Grass and sheep!

Peacock butterfly: glowing , glorious, graceful

Peacock butterfly: glowing, glorious, graceful

Wylfa nuclear power station, 90,000 tonnes on solid rock

Wylfa nuclear power station, 90,000 tonnes on solid rock

Day 2 ended in sheer exhaustion at the Wylfa power station visitor centre. About 15 miles walked, making a total of some 23 miles for Days 1 and 2.