We gain a rare insight into some Anglesey history on this ride, thanks to the diaries left us by one Anglesey squire, whose house we cycle past. His daily journaling takes us back to see what life was like in eighteenth century rural Anglesey. We also delve much further back in time as we visit some of the tiny churches which are synonymous with Anglesey. Stories revealed at the first church we visit take us back as far as pre-Christian Celtic mythology.
There are also spectacular views towards Eryri (Snowdonia), and Anglesey’s seascapes when you join us on this guided day-long bike ride to explore some of Anglesey’s history.
Cycling along some very rural lanes and quiet roads, we will come across tiny churches, which are so characteristic of the island. We also nod to an earlier era as we cycle past one of Anglesey largest standing stones as well. One of a remaining 40 odd standing stones still remaining on the island, this stone, as with others, is a named stone, in fact it has two names, Maen Pres or Carreg Lefn, meaning, literally brass stone or smooth stone.
Cycling in the area, we have seen hares. A hare has a role in the founding mythology of a nearby church. Who knows what wildlife you may spot as you cycle the rural lanes with us?
Wildlife or none, we will enjoy the spectacular views towards Eryri (Snowdonia) and the port of Holyhead, and towards the historic copper mines of Mynydd Parys.
Now a quiet village, our start and finish point, Llannerchymedd, was once the bustling commercial hub at the centre of the Island.
Meet us at the village’s old railway station to cycle around Anglesey’s largest reservoir, Llyn Alaw, towards Llanfechell.
We have strange tales to tell…
Let us tell you about King Pabo, the ‘pillar’ of Britain, and about the devil, who sorts the good from the bad among the congregation. We are indebted to William Bulkeley for recording daily life in eighteenth-century rural Anglesey, and will share his thoughts with you.
This guided bike tour is some 21 miles with 800 foot height gain.
We have a café at the beginning and end, and we stop for lunch at a lovely community Cafe in Llanfechell.