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Anglesey paths cleared in 'Silver Slashers' spree

Posted 16 January 2013
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Anglesey paths cleared in 'Silver Slashers' spree
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Suggestions that an outing to go walking in Anglesey might bring one face-to-face with the silver slashers might sound quite frightening - but in fact it could be good news.

The moniker has been conveyed on the Ynys Mon Ramblers, a local branch of the organisation that may not have youth on their side, but lack nothing in their determination to keep the paths on the island free of obstruction.

In his latest visit to the island, chief executive of the Ramblers Ben Southworth was able to see their work, as well as celebrating the opening of a new boardwalk in a Special Area of Conservation the Countryside Council for Wales has been restoring at Cors Bodeilio marsh.

The last five years have seen the Silver Slashers opening up 25 miles of path on the island, as well as installing 181 gates and stiles, building 61 bridges and adding 246 signs to help guide walkers on their way.

Visitors to the island may therefore buy Ordnance Survey maps in the knowledge that the paths marked on them should be clear of obstruction, ensuring they can enjoy some great walks there.

Anglesey's topography is fairly flat, which means it can offer those coming to north Wales an alternative to the mountain scenery inland, while still offering panoramic views across to Snowdonia.

Of course, one great advantage walkers in Wales have over everyone else in the world is the ability to walk the nation's entire coastline. The Welsh Coast Path, a world first, was opened last May and includes Anglesey, linked to the mainland via the Menai Bridge.

However, even before the national path was established, Anglesey had its own coastal path. Covering 125 miles, it brings walkers into close proximity with beaches and fine sea views, in addition to man-made wonders like Beaumaris Castle and the Marquis of Anglesey's Column, on the outskirts of the village with Britain's longest name, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801523001-ADNFCR