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19 June 2010


We’re on Anglesey this weekend. It’s one of the parts of the UK we’ve never explored so we’ve used my birthday as a reason to squeeze in one more long weekend.

Penmon is a fascinating spot on the eastern tip of Anglesey, quite well off the tourist trail. St Seiriol’s Well is a spring of pristine water in a tranquil dell, and the last reminder of the 6th century celtic origin of the church. A pair of 10th century stone crosses stand evocatively within the nave of the existing 12th century church, which is surrounded in turn by the ruins of other priory buildings which suffered in the Dissolution. Then there’s a grand 16th century dovecote built by the family who took over the land. From Penmon one looks over the Menai Straits to the distant Snowdonian mountains.

The airy interior and strange central pillar of the dovecote really captures the deep atmosphere of history, mystery and permenance that Penmon has. We visit hundreds of churches, castles and ruins on our rambles around Britain – this is one of the very best.

Photos from Anglesey

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