Countryfile This Sunday: Anglesey

This Sunday, the Countryfile team explores Anglesey – if you're planning a visit there yourself, read on for our guide to the area.

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This Sunday, the Countryfile team explores Anglesey – if you’re planning a visit there yourself, read on for our guide to the area.

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Just off the coast of Wales by the Menai Strait, Anglesey is the largest island in the Irish Sea, connected with the mainland via the two famous bridges – the Menai Suspension Bridge and the Britannia Bridge. Although not physically far from Wales (at its narrowest point, the Menai separates the island from the mainland by just 250 metres) Anglesey at times feels like an entire country of its own – sandy beaches, rugged hills, and ruined castles all dot the landscape
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History is important to Ynys Mon- ruins and remains dating from Neolithic times, through to the Roman conquest of Britain and early Christianity, can all be visited- one tour company- Ancient Footprints– specialise in archaeological fieldtrips to various sites with Celtic heritage.
 
One of the most popular reasons to visit Anglesey is for a walking, hiking or cycling break. Most of the coastal circumference of the island has been placed under a level of protection, such as Site of Special Scientific Interest and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty-230 miles of public rights of way through some of the most unspoilt terrain in the country.
 
From the award-winning beaches at Benllech and Llugwy, it is possible to spot seals, dolphins and porpoises, and the island is a haven for birdwatching- a variety of rare species can be found on the island, such as the red-billed chough, the Roseate Tern and the Bittern.
 
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On one the best places to eat on the island is the Beau’s Tea Rooms in Beaumaris, which offer home-cooked food ranging from light snacks to full meals, while Little Italy in Amlwch and The Harbourfront Bistro at Holyhead are firm favourites with the locals. Of course, you should pay Beaumaris’ ice cream parlour a visit- but it gets busy on warm days!
 
For a relatively small place, Anglesey has a wide variety of accommodation to suit any type of holiday and budget- from the elegant Gadlys Country House at Cemaes Bay (to the north of the island) through to self-catering cottages and campsites. Be warned- several locations do not allow pets, and some do not allow children- take this into account before booking.
 
Although a relatively sheltered island with mild winters and fairly warm summer (in fact, olives were successfully grown here), the weather on Anglesey can be very wet and windy at times- particularly during autumn. Waterproofs are advised!
 
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