Day 46 mile 46: The Spinnies! The Spinnies nature reserve is on my route to work, meaning I go past it twice a day most days. Like most things on the doorstep, I probably should make more effort to visit, so for this evening’s run I called in and went along the main coastal path.
It comprises a small woodland with a series of ponds and a lagoon. The lagoon and ponds were created when a sharp bend in the River Ogwen was deliberately cut off to form a lake, making Spinnies the ideal home for numerous species of birds and many other animals, plants and insects.
The run starts in the carpark and quickly exits onto the beach, with compacted sand and the smell of kelp and ozone. After this it turns into the woods up some steps which feel slightly terrifying in the dark, before blurting you out into fields overlooking the coastline. Charge along and come back, it’s that simple.
What this doesn’t take into account is the beauty of the lights across the water twinkling from Angelsey and the calling of the Oystercatchers against the deep navy blue of the night sky.
Daylight photo courtesy of North Wales Wildlife Trust.
The reserve is a favorite for large numbers of waders and a visit to the reserve’s main hide gives stunning views. Oystercatchers and curlew feed in their thousands on the coastal stretch of Traeth Lafan, up to 100 little egrets can often be spotted roosting on the edges of the coast or in the pools, and it’s is one of the best places in the area for seeing wintering kingfisher.
Although it was well through dusk by the time I got there it is still a wonderful place, made all the better by some beautiful music, although I have to admit some of the time it was nice to take in the peace too!
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Distance: 1635.7 meters recorded
(1 mile = 1609.34 m.)
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