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The Dingle (Nant y Pandy) Nature Reserve, Llangefni
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The Dingle is a nature reserve found just to the north of Llangefni, Anglesey, north Wales. Dingle is a common placename in the English language, which means "steep wooded valley", which describes it well. However, like many similar English names for natural attractions in Wales, e.g. Fairy Glen, the English name is recent and probably coined as tourism developed. The original Welsh name, still used by locals, is Nant y Pandy, as there used to be a wool processing plant in the valley. The park is naturally divided into two parts, the wooded southern half and the northern half which is in a clearing. The main entrance is by St Cyngar’s Church where there is a car park.The reserve is 25acre in area and is bisected by the Afon Cefni . It was formed by glaciers during the last ice age as they eroded the soft rock of the area. It gained its current name in the 1830s and was designated as a Local Nature reserve in 1995, although there has been a blanket tree preservation order in place since 1971. In 2003 the reserve was granted £122,000 for major improvements including better disabled access, boardwalks and tree sculptures. It was awarded the UK MAB Urban Wildlife Award For Excellence in 2004 thanks to this work. The new boardwalks mean visitors can make their way all the way north to Llyn Cefni, travelling parallel to the disused tracks of the Anglesey Central Railway.
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  • It does what it says... If you are quiet you will spot red squirrels also lots of other birds and wildlife... Very beautiful area. Wish we had more time to explore.. Whatever time of year you visit I ...  more »
  • There are several walks in the Dingle, the boardwalks follow the river and then a path continues up to Llyn Cefni, the reservoir, which in itself has a circular walk. The dingle is also a red squirrel...  more »
  • We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Dingle. The walk we took was very peaceful and the reserve is very tranquil and calm. Took lots of great photos of the woodland too.