SH5873 : Mud, Menai Straits

taken 5 years ago, near to Bangor, Gwynedd, Great Britain

Mud, Menai Straits
Mud, Menai Straits
The Menai Strait (Welsh: Afon Menai, the "River Menai") is a narrow stretch of shallow tidal water about 25 km long, which separates the island of Anglesey from the mainland of Wales.
The strait is bridged in two places the main A5 road is carried over the strait by Thomas Telford's suspension bridge, the first of its kind, opened in January 1826, and adjacent to this is Robert Stephenson's 1850 Britannia Tubular Bridge. Between the two bridge crossings there is a small island in the middle of the strait, Ynys Gorad Goch, on which are built a house and outbuildings and around which are the significant remains of fish traps, no longer used.
The differential tides at the two ends of the strait cause very strong currents to flow in both directions through the strait at different times, creating dangerous conditions. One of the most dangerous areas of the strait is known as the Swellies (or Swillies Welsh Pwll Ceris) between the two bridges. Here rocks near the surface cause over-falls and local whirlpools, which can be of considerable danger in themselves and cause small boats to founder on the rocks.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 19 February, 2015   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 17 April, 2015
Geographical Context
Coastal  Estuary, Marine 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SH 5874 7357 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:14.4185N 4:7.0917W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SH 5839 7327
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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