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This cache has been archived.

YnysMonBirders: Due to the Coloumn being closed, and no indications of it opening in the near future, this site has little to offer. The SSI has an earth cache - it's a geology thing, and otherwise is just a play park for dog walkers and kids building dens, but is not that pretty; I'm archiving this geocache.

It is disappointing to do so as it's been a great spot for a large number of years.
Thanks to Southerntrekker for his help and patience.

Traditional Geocache

The Marquess Column

A cache by 3fatties - adopted by YnysMonBirders Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 8/10/2007
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Geocache Description:

New natural disguise. The cache has a biro and swag. Large enough for Tracker Tags, but nothing bigger. The squeamish may want to wear gloves.
Close to the tourist trail, but the Column itself is closed is to visitors and no indications that it will ever be open again. The car park hasn't been maintained by the council and is now a bit tatty.

Major muggle area, please be careful - thanks

The Marquess of Anglesey's Column Virtual Surround
As you approach the Isle of Anglesey over the Brittania Bridge, there appears before you a landmark set upon an ancient hill-top fort on the outskirts of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. This splendid column was finished two years after the battle of Waterloo, 18 June 1815.

The Marquess of Anglesey's Column is 27 metres high and was erected in 1816-17 as a tribute to the Marquess, Henry William Paget, Earl of Uxbridge, first Marquess of Anglesey (1768-1854) who lost a leg at the battle of Waterloo. The architect was Thomas Harrison of Chester, who also designed Holyhead's triumphal arch. The bronze figure of the Marquess, by Matthew Noble, was placed on top in 1860. You can climb up 115 steps to the top where there are spectacular views of Snowdonia and the beautiful Anglesey countryside. The column, surrounded by bluebell woods, stands on a rock which was a hillfort in ancient times
He was second in command to Wellington at the battle, where he lost his right leg by almost the last shot fired. He lived to the ripe old age of 85, having twice been Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland. His great house, Plas Newydd, now a property of the National Trust, is less than two miles away from the column.

The panoramic scene from the top is spectacular and memorable. The combination of the Menai Strait and the mountains of Snowdonia is nowhere better demonstrated.

On return from the climb you can sit in the peaceful tranquility of the column's garden where you can enjoy an iced drink or a cup of tea or coffee.

Nelson's Monument
As well as the long name, the village of Llanfairpwllgwyn is also famous for this great pillar of Moelfre limestone (Moelfre is a pretty, old herring-fishing village on the north-east coast of Anglesey).

Just south of the village lie the waters of the Menai Strait, just a short walk from the column. These waters, althugh mostly peaceful, can become treacherous under certain weather and tide conditions. At the foot of a very steep lane is the parish church of Saint Mary's and if you stroll through the woodlands to the water's edge, you will reach Nelson's Monument - a navigational aid erected in 1873.

Congratulation's to smethwickgg102 who was 1st to find this Geocache on the 14/8/07 at 12.30pm

Near by caches -
Nelsons Column (visit link)

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