The opposite of mining, but perhaps we were attracted by the bright light...112,000 candela to be precise, although I don't know what that would be in lumens. I certainly don't think there would be a problem illuminating the vast chambers underground in Wrysgan with that lamp, although it might be a problem dragging it up the steep incline...
Anyway, Point Lynas is on the north east corner of the lovely Isle of Anglesey. We encountered the place after having failed to find some mines that are reputedly to be seen in the beautiful sea cliffs round here. The lighthouse sits along a very minor road from Llaneilian and is, not surprisingly, on the Coastal Path.
The views out to sea are spectacular, while the sea is filled with huge container ships heading for Liverpool, laden no doubt with phones, computers and white goods from China. On the eastward side, in the lee of the wind, a great number of ships seemed to be waiting, for the tide possibly.
In the victorian era, Point Lynas was a pilot station and the captains of ships would anxiously await the sighting of a pilot cutter to help them navigate the vagaries of the sea around the Mersey. The first light station was built here in 1766, a little further towards the land than today's light. The present structure was built in 1835 by the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board at a cost £1,165. It was only electrified in 1951!
The light gives a "white occulting beam every ten seconds" and was fully automated in 1989.
|Jetty, horse and one of the many ships lying in the lee of the headland|
|The buildings in the courtyard are now let as holiday cottages. Fine, until one foggy night...|