It’s a little-known fact that the Land Rover, one of the most iconic vehicles of all time, was born on Red Warf Bay. In the summer of 1947 plans for the first Land Rover were drawn in the sand at Wern y Wylan beach by Rover design boss Maurice Wilks, and his brother Spencer. The brothers had a long association with Anglesey and prototypes were tested at Newborough and Llanddona before finally being unveiled at the Amsterdam motor show in 1948. The rest, as they say, is history.
The route climbs out of Beaumaris and then passes through lush farming land to the village of Llanddona, and then onwards to Wern y Wylan. At low tide, the beach at Red Warf Bay covers some ten square miles. In 1910 the eastern end of the beach became a testing ground for early experiments in flight. William Ellis Williams, then Professor of Electrical Engineering at Bangor University, built and flew his own monoplane on the beach in experiments which lasted until the outbreak of the Great War.
With one significant hill in each direction, we consider this to be a route suitable for the more experienced cyclist. If you are such a beast consider amalgamating this route with ‘The Scenic Loop’ for a truly memorable cycling experience in eastern Anglesey.
Points of Interest
2. The Bulkeley Monument
Built to commemorate Sir Richard Bulkeley Williams Bulkeley (1801-75), and shown on the 1889 Ordnance Survey.
3. Red Wharf Bay