Day 3 of the walk: Wylfa power station to Pont Llinas, 11 miles approx

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

Wylfa nuclear power station: closer in

Wylfa nuclear power station: closer in

Wylfa nuclear power station and humans!

Wylfa nuclear power station and humans!

Wylfa: overhead cables leaving the power station

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?

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

A whole field of meadowsweet

I had not realised that Anglesey contained such a huge variety of rocks:

Anglesey's world-famous rock formations

Anglesey’s world-famous rock formations

Pre-Cambrian rocks: 860 to 542 million years old

Pre-Cambrian rocks: 860 to 542 million years old

Small copper butterfly

Small copper butterfly

St Patrick's church, near Cemaes

St Patrick’s church, near Cemaes

St Patrick's church, near Cemaes: interior

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

Middle mouse, Ynys Badrig, by Llanbadrig church

Middle mouse, showing sea currents

Middle mouse, showing sea currents

Looking back: Cemaes bay and Wylfa power station

Looking back: Cemaes bay and Wylfa power station

Near Trwynbychan

Near Trwynbychan

Old mine workings

Old mine workings

Above Porth Wen

Above Porth Wen, ruins in background

Sheer cliffs near Bull Bay

Sheer cliffs near Bull Bay

Bull Bay, chemical works and Pont Llinas in the far distance

Bull Bay, chemical works and Pont Llinas in the far distance

Stream near Amlwch polluted by leachate from old mineworking?

Stream near Amlwch polluted by leachate from old mineworking?

Polluted stream

Polluted stream near Amlwch

Warning message about adders!

Warning message about adders!

Last few miles to Pont Llinas

Last few miles to Pont Llinas

Pont Llinas - getting closer

Pont Llinas – getting closer

Almost there!

Pont Llinas: Almost there! (it’s for sale!)

Journey's end: well, Day 3 at least!

Journey’s end: well, Day 3 of the walk at least!  Thanks to the back-up crew for meeting me!

Cloud formations above Snowdonia

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.