This 25 acre wooded valley is in Llangefni. It is a steep sided gorge formed by glacial meltwater during the last ice age and bisected by the River Cefni. Most of the reserve is ancient woodland, which is where Dingle comes from as it means 'steep wooded valley'. It took on this name in the 1830's. By some, locally, it is known as Nant y Pandy, "brook of the Fulling Mill", this refers to the old wool processing plant situated upstream. Another local name is Nant y Dilyw, meaning "Valley of the Deluge".
Bridge over the Cefni Photo by Keith Williamson
The Dingle extends from Cae Pandy (Pandy Field) in the West to Pont Plas (Mansion Bridge in the East, with one of the oldest sections of woodland on Anglesey, Coed Plas (Mansion Wood) extending eastwards behind Llangefni Church. The part of the woodland in the Dingle is three quarters of a mile long and three quarters of a mile wide and rises to 200ft above sea level at its highest point.
Its ancient woodland is dominated by sessile oak, ash and wild cherry, and is a carpet of bluebells during May. Other parts are mainly sycamore and the occasional ash tree with an abundance of ferns and mosses and woodland flowers, such as wood anemones. While Coed Plas, behind the Church, was planted with sweet chestnut, beech and Scots pine, and has a carpet of wild daffodils in spring. Other flowers than can be found in the woodland during spring include primrose, wood anemone and lesser celandine.
There is a circular trail of 1.5 miles and at a leisurely pace will take around an hour to complete. It starts and finishes at the car park next to at St Cyngars Church in Langefni. There is a PDF guide which details this and points out 12 significant spots along it. For the first 7 points a wooden boardwalk has been created winding its way along the River Cefni, which allows access to this section of the reserve, at all times of the year. There are also bridges which cross the river at various points. For the occasional rest you could use one of the sculpted benches or picnic tables.
Other wildlife includes:
Many butterfly species, such as the Gatekeeper and the Speckled Wood, as well as moths. There are also hoverflies, bees and wasps, beetles, slugs and snails, spiders, woodlice, and many other small creatures. Fish like trout, roach and perch may be seen in Llyn Pwmp, and sea trout are occasional visitors, as are eels in the river. Mammals are much more elusive but foxes are present as are Bank vole and wood mice who leave signs of nibbled hazel nuts to show their presence.
The Old Mill Pond Photo by Stephen Roddick
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