Dinas Dinlle may look a small unassuming little place but believe me it has a BIG history!
Here is just a taster of what you could explore and enjoy during your stay at The Wendon Apartments.
Dinas Dinlle is a small community with a long sandy beach with pebbles and shingle and hosts two caravan parks,
The Wendon Apartments, a Restaurant, a beach shop, a café / shop and two cafés
The village has magnificent views of the nearby mountains of Snowdonia, including Snowdon, and on a clear day one can see the small steam train making its way to the summit!
IRON AGE FORT
The cliff above the beach is known as Boncan Dinas and is occupied by an Iron Agehill fort which was a type of earth works used as a fortified refuge or defended settlement in the Bronze and Iron Ages.
The fortification at Dinas follows the contours of the hill with several lines of earth works still visible.
The fort was 164 yards from north to south and possible had a Roman Lighthouse there too.
It is still possible to make out small depressions which may indicate to site of Iron Age huts, and the mound may be the remains of a barrow.
The view is amazing from the top of the hill, a made up pathway is available for visitors to use.
Caernarfon Airport is now a small base but has a very large history!
RAF Llandwrog was opened in January 1941 as a RAF Bomber Command airfield for training gunners, radio operators and navigators and it was the largest World War II airfield in Wales. The Air Observers School flew Avro Anson and Westland Lysander aircraft.
Early in 1942, prompted by an increasing number of aircraft accidents in the North Wales Mountains, the RAF Llandwrog Mountain Rescue Section was formed on a local, volunteer basis. The team at Llandwrog, were officially recognised towards the end of 1943 and the Royal Air Force Mountain Rescue Service was formed in January 1944.
Also almost 71,000 bombs containing the nerve agent Tabun had been seized in Germany following WWII, and these were stored in the open at RAF Llandwrog, until 1954 when, in Operation Sandcastle, they were transported to Cairnryan, 120 miles (190 km) north-west of Ireland, for disposal aboard scuttling ships at sea.
Today the airport offers: training and pleasure flights all year around the Lleyn Peninsula, Anglesey or across the mountains and castle’s of north-west Wales.
On the airport site there is an aviation museum, large cafeteria and the home of the Wales Air Ambulance.
Contact: www.caernarfonairport.com telephone: 01286 830800
Information taken from Wikipedia.
DINAS DINLLE IS A SITE OF SPECIAL SCIENTIFIC INTEREST
Dinas Dinlle has a large beach with vast areas of sand from the mid-tide level; the foreshore consists of natural pebble banks.
Dinas Dinlle is a conservation area and along with Herons, Egrets, Oyster Catchers, Terns and Seagulls one can be see on occasions Dolphins.
The beach has sand dunes at the far end which run alongside the shoreline behind the beach, the dunes here are important in protecting the land against wild storms of winter. The dunes provide privacy and shelter from the wind.
The dunes at Dinas are well drained and often dry, and composed of calcium carbonate from seashells. Rotting seaweed, brought in by storm waves adds nutrients to allow pioneer species to grow on the dunes, these include marram grass and sea wort grass there is also heather and gorses. All these plants adapt to the low water content and have small, prickly leaves; it is a very beautiful area.
Just beyond the village of Llandwrog is Y Foryd, a tidal inlet, which is home to an amazing amount of wildlife and is an RSPB nature reserve. At low tide, there is a vast area of sand and mud habitats exposed; these are important feeding habitats for a number of native and migratory bird species.
During the winter, this intertidal bay which also has salt marshes in the south, are alive with a wide variety of ducks and waders. Large flocks of widgeon can be seen, as well as shell ducks, oyster catchers, curlews and lapwing, and other species in smaller numbers such as the ringed plover and redshanks, and sometimes a greenshank or two.
There is a bird watching hide located on the south-eastern flank of the bay, which is for public use, in order to use the hide, please contact the Countryside Wardens’ Office on 01286 679281.
You can gain access to Y Foryd either from the A487 just south of Caernarfon, or from the A499 near Llandwrog (follow the white and brown nature reserve signs).
Life was troubled in Wales in the late 18 century and there was the threat of invasion from the French, also there was a lot of hostility between the UK and America and the people of this area were afraid of unfriendly ships coming into their waters, which proved to be valid worry as some of the UK ships were captured as they sailed between Holyhead and Dublin.
Thomas Wynn the Constable of Caernarfon built a fort on the tip of the Dinas Dinlle Peninsula so that his soldiers could overlook the Menia Straits, which runs between the mainland and the Isle of Anglesey, Belan Fort became part of a line of defenses against the threat of a French invasion. During the Second World War Fort Belan was occupied by all three services of the Royal Air force, Army and Navy.
Today Fort Belan offers courses for young people and hosts musical events which are open to the public