Four weeks ago as we set off on our planned tour of Ireland we followed the A55 through north wales on our way towards Holyhead where our ferry would depart early the following morning. With plenty of time on our side, we decided to pull over and have lunch, however when we tried to start the engine again an hour later, it would not start. The familiar sound of the engine turning over but not engaging was exactly the same as we’d experienced in Spain in 2016 when we had our main key stolen and tried to start the engine with our spare. It seemed like once again our immobiliser was not recognising our key. We called the RAC who told us is could be up to 4 hours for a patrol car to reach us. Glad of being in the motorhome with facilities, we sat it out until the patrol arrived confirming that there was indeed an issue with our immobiliser/ECU/keys (they were unsure which or why). We were passed back to the control room for them to organise a recovery truck. Meanwhile we had a phone around to try and find a Peugeot Dealer with big enough ramps to take our vehicle. The nearest one was another 50 miles further on in Anglesey. The recovery truck finally turned up at 8.30pm (6 1/2 hours on from our original call) and inch by inch Boris was hoisted onto the truck. The driver was unhappy with the rear overhang though and tried to lower him off so that he could get a larger vehicle out to us, unfortunately the camber of the road would not allow him to do this without the back end making contact with the road, so after a call to his boss it was decided he would continue on. Arriving at the dealership in the dark we soon realised that there were bollards across the entrance preventing us from offloading there, so instead we camped out on a local nursery’s car park, which was rather embarrassing when they all started arriving for work the following morning. I sheepishly emerged to apologise for blocking most of their car park! After several tests on diagnostics machines, it was concluded that we were going to need a new set of keys (again), so Boris was towed across to their overspill car park and we used our onward travel provision through the RAC to obtain a hire car so that we could get back home. With our friends Julia & Ian unable to travel to Ireland as well due to the loss of a close family member, it seemed something was telling us all we shouldn’t be going this time around.
Boris being recovered – What is it with us and keys!
So for us it was back to Southport for a 3 week wait for the new keys to arrive and be programmed. When we got the call to say Boris was good to go we decided to pack some bags and spend a few days exploring Anglesey. It’s been on our list for a while so it seemed a opportunity to visit. It really is a place of unparalleled beauty as well as being an historic island full of character. A place that inspires and appeals to all the senses. With craggy coves and around 140 miles of coastal paths, it’s certainly a place for those who like the outdoors. Being surrounded by sea gives access to fresh local seafood together with lots of other locally sourced produce from the rich agricultural and farming land that surrounds it.
As we would have our car with us as well this time we decided to book onto a small campsite Mount View in Amlwch (see below). For our first night though we made our way to Lligwy beach parking who allow around 5 motorhomes to stay overnight on their carpark for £10.
The wide, sandy beach is located just around the corner from the village of Moelfre. The beach is backed by low sand dunes giving it a wild, open feel. At low tide a large expanse of firm sand is revealed providing all the space you could need for beach games of any description. Along with a range of facilities including toilets and a cafe bar, the parking is situated right behind the beach offering beautiful sea views. The coastal path is accessible from here too and can be joined in either direction. We walked the short distance to the village of Moelfre which has a couple of pubs, cafes and shops. Of course we supported the local economy by partaking in a quick refresher whilst there!
The parking and coast at Lligwy beach – Boris found a mate there too!
Before moving along the coast to our campsite at Amlwch the following day though we detoured back to the Peugeot dealer after discovering the key that we’d been given wouldn’t open our habitation door, so it would seem our saga isn’t quite over yet and our wait starts again!
Amlwch is situated on the north eastern corner of Anglesey. A small town with a long history of working traditions around Amlwch Port from where copper was exported all over the world. The copper kingdom museum pays tribute to this once thriving industry.
Amlwch has a range of local bars and shops and hosts a local market every Friday. Outside of tourism though the small town doesn’t seem to have a lot going for it and is looking rather run down and tired.
It does offer access directly onto the islands coastal path though, so we took advantage of having this on our doorstep and managed and 16 mile walk following the path from Amlwch to Cemaes. The walk offers some stunning views from the cliff tops, passing by Bull Bay where dolphins can sometimes be spotted in its sheltered waters, unfortunately we didn’t see any.
The coastal path walk from Almwch to Cemaes
We also paid a visit to Beaumaris where they were hosting the annual food and drink festival. This thriving pretty coastal town is full of restaurants, delis, cafes and quaint shops and well worth a visit if in the area. The food festival enabled us to sample and purchase several local delights including a bottle of Anglesey Marmalade Gin to add to ever growing collection!
Beaumaris and it’s food fest
As Anglesey’s most westerly point, South Stack is one of Holy Island’s must-see landscapes. The cliffs at South Stack support large colonies of seabirds and it’s possible to observe them from the RSPB Ellin Tower Observatory. .
The area has an amazing seascape, with magnificent views of the Lleyn Peninsula and Bardsey Island. It is even possible to see Ireland’s Wicklow Mountains on a clear day! The spectacular 100m high sea cliffs can be viewed from the path leading to the lighthouse. The wonderful folded and faulted rock formations are thought to be of the Cambrian era. You can follow the road around the coast, and if you’re luckier with the weather than we were, have your pick of beaches and coves to visit. We made a stop for a coffee at Trearddur Bay which has a large sandy beach no doubt popular on sunny days.
A very windy day at South Stack
Lligwy Beach (GPS 53.358376 -4.261718) £10 per night pay in the cafe. This car park is located right behind the beach and although access is very narrow, it is worth it when you arrive. There is an old toilet block and a cafe on site (which closed at around 6pm on a Friday eve in August). Access directly to the beach and coastal path for walks in both directions.
Mount View Campsite (GPS 53.411177 -4.324176) £27 per night in high season inc EHU. This small campsite has just 8 pitches. Facilities are very clean and the location is quite (unless like us you were unlucky to have a couple have a blazing row on the next door pitch late one night). The cost is a little steep for what you get as CL’s provide similar. We used it as a base this time as having collected the motorhome we also needed somewhere to park our car. That said the owners are super friendly.
Planning for our winter trip has already commenced and although we had first thought of going away next month, we’ve now decided to postpone this in favour of a longer trip in winter. Watch this space.