52/2013 Week 14


Ynys Llanddwyn or Llanddwyn Island is a small tidal island off the west coast of Anglesey, North Wales. The nearest town is Newborough. Most of the time the island remains attached to the mainland at all but the highest tides. From the island there are magnificent views of Snowdonia and the Llŷn Peninsula.

52/2013 Week 14

Yesterday I was on the island for as you can probably guess some photography. The nearest car park is a mile away and most people walk along the beach to the island. If you plan to visit I recommend the forest path, with a short walk across the beach, as the sand on the beach is really soft and it’s hard going. Whichever way you go, remember the island is tidal. Failure to get across the beach before the tide comes back in could result in having to stay on the island a little longer than planned.

The island is very rich in legends, and in particular the association with Dwynwen. The name Llanddwyn means “The church of St. Dwynwen“. Dwynwen is the Welsh patron saint of lovers, making her the Welsh equivalent of St. Valentine. Her Saint’s day is January 25 and is often celebrated by the Welsh with cards and flowers. In this photograph you can see the remains of St Dwynwen’s Church.

As usual I am indebted to Wikipedia for much of the information for this post

 

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8 thoughts on “52/2013 Week 14

  1. petspeopleandlife April 5, 2013 / 18:24

    This is really good. Fantastic photo. Love the geography lesson. Love the island ponies or horses. I would like to know more about them. If the equines are there all the time or if they cross over during low tide. Is that a private island of does it belong to Wales. I’ll have to look this up, Maybe I can learn my answers from Wikipedia.

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    • Mike Hardisty April 5, 2013 / 20:32

      Hi Yvonne – there is a fence stopping the ponies crossing to the mainland. It’s not a private island as such. I think it’s owned by the welsh government now…

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  2. eof737 April 6, 2013 / 13:14

    What a beautiful place… Must be dynamite for feeding the creative spirit. 🙂

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    • Mike Hardisty April 6, 2013 / 13:48

      First time I’ve been there, boy was it cold. But, the light was great for photography.

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      • eof737 April 6, 2013 / 13:57

        I can imagine the cold… Very beautiful place.

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        • Mike Hardisty April 6, 2013 / 17:15

          Preparation, we dress for the cold and take plenty of hot drinks with us

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