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Mountain skyline from Malltraeth Cob

It’s the middle of May and there’s a fresh sprinkling of snow just on the very tops of Snowdon and Garnedd Ugain.

A fresh sprinkling of snow on Snowdon

A fresh sprinkling of snow on Snowdon

The benches by the Cob Pools near Malltraeth provide a lovely place to look at the mountains from. Newborough Forest blocks out much of the foreground and makes it look like the mountains are just beyond the trees. They’re not, but people do sometimes set off walking towards them (the Menai Strait and quite a few miles get in the way though)…

The view to Snowdon and the Llyn peninsula hills from Malltraeth Cob

The view to Snowdon and the Llyn peninsula hills from Malltraeth Cob

For more information on Malltraeth Cob, see this earlier post. There is an information panel near the bench that this photo is taken from.  As well as information on the birds and wildlife of the area, it has a panoramic painting of the mountain-scape with all the peaks named.

Malltraeth Cob

Malltraeth is the next village along from Newborough to the north. The two villages are linked by a “cob” – a dike wall – with a footpath/cycle track along its top.

Malltreath cob - the pools on the left and the sea on the right

Malltreath cob – the pools on the left and the sea on the right and very faintly in the background, the mountains

The cob was completed in the early 19th Century, under the direction of Thomas Telford and John Rennie. At the same time, the Afon Cefni was straightened (and straitened) creating what looks like a canal, but is still tidal. This created nearly 1,600ha of grazing land on either side of the Cefni. Much of this land is now a nature reserve managed by the RSPB.

The Afon Cefni at high water

The Afon Cefni at high water

From the cob there are beautiful views in all directions. On the inland side, lie a series of pools, known as the Cob Pools, with the vast Malltraeth Marsh / Cors Ddyga beyond. To the seaward side are the Malltraeth Sands with Malltraeth Bay beyond. The whole area is a haven for wildlife, particularly birds.

One of the benches looking out over the Cob Pools, across the marshes to the mountains beyond

One of the benches looking out over the Cob Pools, across the marshes to the mountains beyond

At the Malltraeth end of the cob, there are several benches and a small picnic area (and a chip shop in the village). There are also information boards explaining the history of the cob and the geology of the area, as well as a visual guide to help you identify the mountain peaks that form the horizon to the south.

Malltraeth parking area looking out towards the bay

Malltraeth parking area looking out towards the bay

At the Newborough end of the cob, there is another small car parking area, with picnic benches, known as the Malltraeth car park.

The path on the cob is completely flat. From one end to the other it is about a mile long.

Lots more information about the cob, Malltraeth and the history of the area can be found on the Malltraeth village website: www.malltraeth.com

One of the information boards at Malltraeth

One of the information boards at Malltraeth