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Only had time for a couple of quick sorties into Anglesey which, if nothing else, leaves plenty to go back for.

Llanfairpwllgwyngyll

Location

Gwynedd Map

Today the village, signposted as Llanfairpwllgwyngyll and known locally as Llanfairpwll or even just Llanfair, is mainly visited for the large Pringles superstore which also owns the now redundant station building and sells "platform tickets", stamps passports, etc.

It is, however, the station (now known simply as Llanfairpwll) which brought the village to fame.

In the 1860s, the village council contrived the name Llanfairpwllgwyn­gyllgogerych­wyrndrobwll­llantysiliogogogoch (St Maryʼs Church in the Hollow of the White Hazel near a Rapid Whirlpool and the Church of St Tysilio near the Red Cave).

Having "the longest name of a railway station in Great Britain" was an act of marketing genius which ensures to this day a steady flow of visitors to what, otherwise, is a fairly unremarkable place.

External Links and References

  • External Links

    • Llanfair PG
      More on the name, and how to pronounce it
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Llanfairpwllgwyngyll

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Treath-Coch (Red Wharf Bay)

Location

Gwynedd Map

Treath-Coch (Red Wharf Bay) is a beautiful spot, which, I have to admit, I remember chiefly for The Ship Inn, and because the kids insisted in calling it "Red Dwarf Bay".

That, and the large square shaped limestone rock called Castell Mawr.

Even though it can get quite busy with yachtsmen in the summer, it is still difficult to believe that in the eighteenth century this was a busy port.

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