The route meanders out of Beaumaris along a quiet country lane towards the tiny village of Llanfaes. As you ride through Llanfaes you’ll pass the abandoned Saunders-Roe factory on your left. Originally built around 1940 the factory was used to service and equip Catalina flying boats for the RAF.
After about a mile on the B5109 turn right (signposted Penmon) onto a quiet country road. Another mile, further along, you’ll notice some marshland on your left. Hidden in the trees on the hill above is the remains of the 900-year-old Castell Aberlleiniog (Aberlleiniog Castle), built shortly after the Norman Conquest. Visiting the castle is free – though you may need to push/carry your bike a short distance.
Also in this location is the Lleiniog Beach picnic area. From here you can enjoy incredible views over the Menai Straights towards the Carneddi range of Snowdonia, and to the Great Orme on your left.
The next stop on our trip is Penmon Priory. This may have been a religious site since as early as the 6th Century, but the present buildings date back to 12th and 13th Centuries. The spectacular dovecot was built around 1600 – and has room for a thousand birds.
We finish our journey – the outward leg at least – on the easternmost tip of Anglesey; Penmon.
Points of Interest
2 Abandoned Saunders Roe Factory
4 Penmon Priory
5 Penmon, The Lighthouse & Puffin Island