The Giant’s Stepping Stones

Heading into Newborough from Dwyran, a lane on the left takes you down to The Giant’s
Stepping Stones; more properly known as the Rhuddgaer Stepping Stones.

The Rhuddgaer or Giant's Stepping Stones

The Rhuddgaer or Giant’s Stepping Stones

The stones cross the Afon Braint and although they are now part of the Anglesey Coastal
Path, they remain a less visited place. The river is still tidal as it passes the stones,
and if you visit as the tide is turning, you can hear the change.

Looking back across the Rhuddgaer Stepping Stones

Looking back across the Rhuddgaer Stepping Stones

The stones are quite big and some of them are a fair stride apart. If you are able to cross
them, you can carry on along the path to Dwyran. But even if you can’t cross them, it is a
beautiful spot.

The gap between the stones

The gap between the stones

The nearest car park is at the end of Pen Lon (the Marram Grass one). From there, it is
about a mile to the stepping stones. The lane leading down to them is marked with the
Anglesey Coastal Path symbol. If travelling by bus, there is a bus stop right at the end of
the lane.

Rhuddgaer Stepping Stones

Rhuddgaer Stepping Stones

The holiday home of the late Maurice Wilks, an engineer who developed the Land Rover and the first gas turbine car, looks over the stepping stones.  Following his untimely death, Mr Wilks’ was laid to rest at the beautiful and peaceful church of Llanfair yn y Cwmwd in neighbouring Dwyran.

Llanfair yn y Cwmwd

Llanfair yn y Cwmwd

The gravestone of Maurice Wilks - creator of the Land Rover

The gravestone of Maurice Wilks – creator of the Land Rover

The inscription reads:

Maurice Fernand Cary Wilks – August 19th 1904 – September 8th 1963
A much loved, gentle, modest man whose sudden death robbed the Rover Company of a chairman and Britain of the brilliant pioneer who was responsible for the world’s first gas turbine driven car

Some have wondered why there is no mention of the Land Rover in the inscription. Apparently it is because the Land Rover hadn’t become the icon it is today by then and the work which Mr Wilks did for the Rover Company generally and particularly his work on gas turbine engines was of more consequence at the time.

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6 thoughts on “The Giant’s Stepping Stones

  1. Brian Cross

    Does anyone know when the stepping stones were put there ? Where they set down as part of the coastal path or do they date much earlier ?

    Reply
    1. Kay B Post author

      Hello – I don’t know just when the stones were placed, but they have been there for ever so long – they’re shown on maps from the middle of the 19th century: I’ll see if I can find anything more specific.

      Reply
  2. Stevemoore123

    Hey there, this is a wonderful blog! I actually just came here through the image but ended up reading away. I’m currently writing a blog post for my course at Bangor Uni. It’s about using motivational techniques to train to run for a marathon and I use a metaphor of stepping stones when describing one concept. I was wondering if I would be able to use the photo entitled ‘Rhuddgaer Stepping Stones’ in my blog for illustration. Its a beautiful picture and its local, so I’d really like to. Completely understand if not, very much enjoyed the blog, Newborough is a special place and it completely does it justice.

    Reply

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