ON TO ANGLESEY
Moving on we left the flat grey sea and the still arms of the wind turbines behind us, though starting out at about half past five it was still dark as the days are drawing in and the autumn is well under way, so there was nothing to see of the view over the bay and we just headed on towards Anglesey, using the A5 which is an excellent road, even managing to find some LPG at a reasonable price.
The bridges across the Menai Straits into Anglesea are spectacular and the scenery round about wonderful. I stopped to take photos, but the day was still early and the mist was hanging, though some nearby sleek coated cattle were close enough to see clearly.
Turning right to head up towards Penmon Point, across the waters I could just make out the faint outline of Beaumaris Pier through the mist, then passing by Beaumaris water and harbours it was just getting lighter so I stopped again to photograph the many yachts anchored there - a beautiful sight.
Beaumaris was named by Edward I as the beautiful marsh and today still lives up well to its name - what a wonderful view to sit and paint. The ENORMOUS castle at Beaumaris was built by Edward I too defend this important area from uprising or attack and also make it clear that he was in charge after the troubles lead by Madog ap Llywelyn and if you want to read the tortuous history of why he ‘uprose’ then I hope you can get to better grips with it than I http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madog_ap_Llywelyn
From what I can understand Madog had received substantial sums of money from Edward and also been granted lands in Anglesey, so Edward was probably pretty miffed when Madog overran Caernavon Castle as well as many others, occupying some and sacking and burning others, and in December 1294 Edward led an army into Wales towards Conwy Castle, which, though he reached it safely was then besieged until rescued by his own navy. Thinking he would put an end to further battles the castle at Beaumaris was started, though Edward died before it was completed, and when work finally stopped in 1330, long after his death, it was still not complete though £15,000 had been spent on it, a huge sum in those days.
Beaumaris Castle has been described as Britain's "most perfect example of symmetrical concentric planning”. The fortification is built of local stone, with a moated outer ward guarded by twelve towers and two gatehouses, overlooked by an inner ward with two large, D-shaped gatehouses and six massive towers. The inner ward was designed to contain ranges of domestic buildings and accommodation able to support two major households. The south gate could be reached by ship, allowing the castle to be directly supplied by sea. UNESCO considers Beaumaris to be one of "the finest examples of late 13th century and early 14th century military architecture in Europe", and it is classed as a World Heritage Site.
I wasn’t walking well that day and the castle looked unsuitable for Super Scooter, plus dogs were not permitted, so all in all after a cursory stop I decided we would press on toward Penmon Point, where I had heard there was a good place for motorhomes to park up near to a beautiful part of the coastline.