Almost invisible by day, Celtic druids still live in the local population in Anglesey. Be courteous when talking to local people. You never know.
The Roman historian Tacitus and Emperor Nero, told the world that Anglesey was the last bastion of Druidical activity, they tried to conquer them, but many hid in the hills and survive to this day on Cawl and Cockle pie.
The Ancient Druid Order, rely a lot on The White Goddess, a book by Robert Graves. He claimed to have discovered a Druidic tree alphabet. Many trees were cut down in Anglesey. The Druids still observe an eightfold cycle of rituals, worshipping the trees that are left, which lies at the heart of their practices. So be careful when you are tempted to pick buds or tree foilage.
The local council in my manor are having a bit of a clamp down on dog fouling. So much so that on a lamppost in my street they have put a sign to say that dog fouling is prohibited. I noticed that the notice / sticker on the lamppost is quite low down I guess that this is so that it is eye level with the dog so your mutt can actually read the notice. And very helpfully it is written in welsh just in case your dog is not bilingual.
As with in England probably the only part I didn't like were the roads! So long and thin often with stone walls or hedges that prevented two cars passing safely. I am not big into reversing at the best of times let alone under pressure. Probably the worst part for me was you would spot some things you wanted to have a better look at but there was no where to pull off and by the time you found some where you were so far past it you didn't bother.
Mind you knowing that history is the reason for these tiny roads makes it all worth it.
My recommendation is hire a small car!! Or walk.
This is a light-hearted entry.
The photo is a warning seen on a fence post. I asked a local what it said, and he said "DRIVERS!"
But, there is real danger from dangerous drivers. Coming through Snowdonia we were held up by a horse carrer . We were aboutfour cars behind him. Then from out of nowhere a youth forced his way between us and the car in front of us. Shortly after, in spite of the narrow winding and climbing road, he went speeding off to overtake all the cars and horse carrier. My daughter commented on his recklessness. Over an hour later we had to slow down because police cars and ambulances were attending the scene of a crash. It was the same youth, who had crashed into the back of another vehicle.
So take care on the narrow roads and obey the speed limits.
If you're travelling in Wales (or England, or Ireland, ...) and you're trying to watch your waistline you should definitely not try to achieve this goal by ordering vegetarian meals. I had to find out that the vegetarian menus, in most cases, are way more greasy than the "normal" food.
Speed Cameras are evil. There is no reasoning with them and they do work, all too effectively. There are about 6,000 speed cameras on UK roads – and the numbers are growing. They are both fixed and mobile. At the very least you usually do get a waning sign. If you do see a camera sign, SLOW DOWN!
Below are the different types of mechanical beasts that they use to drive up your motoring and insurance costs:
Sited at the road side, Gatso speed cameras use radar technology to measure speed and a photo of the back of the vehicle is taken. There are markings on the road to do this. Can only see from behind, so you could say someone else was driving.
Sited at the road side, forward facing Truvelo speed cameras use loops in the road to trigger when a speed limit is exceeded. Takes a frontal picture. They can see the drivers face. You are so caught!
Sited on yellow overhead gantries, it measures your average speed between 2 points. Warning signs say AVERAGE SPEED CHECK. If you go past one or 2 cameras, pull over on the hard shoulder and say you had warning lights coming on.
On the road side, Peek speed cameras use loops in the road to trigger when the speed limit is exceeded. They are rear facing and a bit rare outside of London and the south. You can say someone else was driving.
On the road side, Speedcurb speed cameras use loops in the road to trigger when a speed limit is exceeded.
On the road side, Watchman speed cameras use radar technology to measure speed, a photo of the rear of the vehicle is taken. You can claim someone else was driving. These are often paired with a speed display board you can see and covers a long distance. Slow down!
On the road side, Traffic Light cameras are mainly used to enforce red lights. Go over the white line and you will get zapped. These systems can also be used in the same way as a Gatso and the government is looking to make many of these detect speed during green lights. Rear facing, you can lie.
I love driving along lanes, as you can enjoy the scenary without traffic... Even if this was ot a lane, I feel like it, we did not cross any car for miles until ..... well you can see it in the photo.
so beware of unexpected while driving along.... :-)
Have you ever been to those places where people say "you should have been here last week, it was glorious" - well no one ever said that while I was in Wales.
It was November though, so I suppose you can't expect miracles, but when it rains it really does rain.
As a consequence the road conditions can get pretty bad - so extreme care is needed in bad weather! - especialy in the more remote areas.
Certain parst of Anglesey can be very exposed and the weather can turn in an instant if you must camp in a remote or exposed spot make sure your tent is strong and is properly secure.
Dont have it blown down like us!!!
The South Wales town of Port Talbot is the most polluted place in Wales, according to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. Extremely high levels of soot, dust, smoke, fumes and diesel emissions have been measured here!
All this is a result of decades of heavy industry built on the narrow strip of flat land between the South Wales coast and the mountains. Port Talbot has a massive steelworks and is close to the M4 motorway.
On the positive side of things, Port Talbot steelworks is extremely pretty at night, lit up with thousands of bright lights. And the industries of South Wales - mining and metal processing - have drawn workers from all over the world and kept people in jobs for two centuries.
Only Central London is more polluted in the UK than Port Talbot. So if you plan to avoid Port Talbot, make sure you never go to London either ;-)
To explore Wales more fully, we drive off the beaten path at every opportunity. The roads become narrower and in many places are only just one car width wide. There are passing places of course, but care must be taken on the many bends to ensure there isn't someone coming the other direction just around the corner.
Wales is famous for sheep. The sheep graze alongside the road, mostly behind fences, although in many places, a cattle grid will denote that sheep could be found wandering on the road. They seem to be particularly unafraid of cars and people and walk about as they please, sometimes crossing the road right in front of you. Take care!
One rarely hears about driving in Wales. As scenic as some of the roads may be, driving on them can be a nightmare. Having done a lot of backroad driving in the Tanat Valley and around Llansannan, I must issue a sincere warning about the smaller roads there and the way locals are driving on them. There are many single lane backroads differing from those in Ireland or Scotland in that there are extremely few passing places and hedges on both sides of the road, so you have no sight ahead and little chance to avoid oncoming traffic!
Some oncoming people were absolutely suicidal -- especially on a Saturday evening when either coming to or from the nearest pub. Our landlady told us some overseas visitors actually were crying when they arrived at the B&B. There are lots of words on Irish boreens -- believe me, they are harmless against the North Wales backroads!
Be very careful and take into account reckless driving by oncoming motorists, or your trip might end rather unpleasantly: at the Ysbyty!
On some remote locations in Wales you could find yourself being the main course of a welch culinary delicacy. For centuries explores have warned us about remote welch villages where the practice of killing and eating foreigners is still observed. To this day this is still true.
As much as walking is great for you, briliant excersize and good for the old cardio vascular bit, just be warned that this activity can TIRE! hehe!
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