Walking the Belgian Promenade ~ Menai Strait #Anglesey #Photography #SundayBlogShare

The Belgian Promenade is so named because it was built by Belgian war refugees. More than sixty refugees, men, women and children, fleeing their German occupied home town of Mechelen arrived on Anglesey towards the end of 1914. They showed their appreciation for the help, accommodation and welcome provided by the local people by building the promenade, which was finished in 1916. The pathway follows the Menai Strait from the town of Menai Bridge to Church Island, as shown on Google Earth.

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The promenade was restored in the 1960s after erosion due to storms and high tides and reopened, very fittingly, by the last remaining survivor of the original refugees. It’s a lovely walk, especially with the added attraction of Church Island.

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The modern stone circle, the Gorsedd stones, commemorate the Anglesey Eisteddfod of 1965.

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19 thoughts on “Walking the Belgian Promenade ~ Menai Strait #Anglesey #Photography #SundayBlogShare

  1. This is an amazing story. That little house tucked against and beneath part of the bridge is amazing. I wonder if it’s ever been drenched top to bottom during a storm. Gorgeous pictures. Lovely and interesting post. Thank you for sharing, Cathy.

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    1. You’re welcome, Tess. The house is the one I posted about a little while ago that was used as a fish trap but seen from a different angle. It looks completely different seen from ground level.

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  2. Gorgeous photos, Cathy. I would just love to revisit Wales. So many good memories and you remind me of them here. What a wonderful bridge the Menai is and a lovely story about the Belgian refugees!

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