The saintly sands


Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - Discover -

On the south cor­ner of the big Welsh is­land of An­gle­sey is New­bor­ough War­ren, an enor­mous nine square miles of dune sys­tem and, at low tide, a vast beach and es­tu­ary mouth. I once tried walk­ing with my eyes closed here, aim­ing for 500 foot­steps, but af­ter 268 I’d veered 90 de­grees to the left and walked into the sea.

At the cen­tre of all that sand is Lland­dwyn Is­land, the is­land of Dwyn­wen, Welsh pa­tron saint of lovers. Hers was a pretty mis­er­able lot – she fell in love but then re­jected the ad­vances of the young man in ques­tion, turned him into ice with a po­tion from a fairy and went to live on this is­land as a her­mit for the rest of her 5th-cen­tury days. Her nar­row is­land is only ac­tu­ally cut off at high tide, and pleas­antly lit­tered all over with pic­turesque build­ings and mon­u­ments, linked by wind­ing paths: a cru­ci­fix, a bea­con, a pep­per­pot light­house, and a pi­lot’s cot­tage that’s now a wildlife ex­hi­bi­tion. WALK HERE: Down­load New­bor­ough War­ren at­routes

GUID­ING LIGHT The light­house at the tip of Lland­dwyn Is­land, with views across the sea to Snow­do­nia.

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