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A Fishy Tale!

May 23, 2017

Last weekend we toured the beautiful Isle of Anglesey with our visitors from Mumbai. They loved the beautiful view across the Menai Strait with the Snowdonia mountain range forming a spectacular backdrop.

 

In this photograph you can clearly see the famous Menai Suspension Bridge which was built by Thomas Telford and completed in 1826. The bridge removed the need to take a hazardous journey across the unpredictable Menai Straits and reduced the journey time between London and Holyhead from 36 hours to 27 hours.

 In the second photograph you can see a small island named Ynys Gored Goch nestling in the middle of the Menai Strait. The two buildings are privately owned and the one on the left is the old fish smokery. Fish used to be caught by using a fish trap, seen here just below the building on the right. At high tide the fish would swim into the trap and at low tide they would be collected and taken to the smokery for processing. This practice can be traced right back to the 1590's when the island was listed as belonging to the Diocese of Bangor.

 The Menai Strait has been known to have a tidal range of up to 10 metres so the buildings have had pumps fitted to prevent the current owners becoming too neighbourly with their fishy friends!

 

Learn more about Anglesey and beautiful North Wales on a tour with Bespoke Tours of North Wales.

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