by Katy Depledge
The Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path is a popular walking destination for outdoor enthusiasts. The 130-mile coastal path is home to dramatic views, rugged coastline and an array of wonderful wildlife.
Anglesey is an island off the northwest coast of Wales, boasting inspiring coastline, golden sandy beaches and interesting history. Whatsmore, Anglesey is an unspoilt haven for walkers, with plenty of routes and trails to choose from. Hundreds come to experience the Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path every year, making their way around the edge of this idyllic island. Whether you take on the full 130-miles or enjoy a small section of the route, you’ll be treated to the wild beauty and breathtaking scenery of Anglesey.
Lace-up those walking boots, it’s time to explore our top 5 Anglesey Coastal Path Walks…
The Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path falls within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, covering 95% of the coast. The long-distance route is primarily used by walkers, however, certain sections can also be enjoyed by cyclists and horse riders.
Highlights include exploring the romantic Llanddwyn Island, experiencing stunning views of the Menai Strait and Menai Suspension Bridge and visiting South Stack Lighthouse, all whilst witnessing an array of fascinating wildlife. Here are some fun facts about the Anglesey Coastal Path …
The official start point of the Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path is St Cybi’s Church, Holyhead (grid ref. SH247 826). The church, founded in 540 AD, is nestled within the walls of the abandoned Roman Fort, Caer Gybi.
The Anglesey Coastal Path is 130 miles (200km) in distance and passes through scenic farmland, coastal heath, woodland and along dramatic cliffs. Anyone who completes the full 130 miles will be rewarded with a special badge and certificate to recognise their achievement.
On average, it takes 12 days to complete the Anglesey Coastal Path but can take anywhere between 8-15 days, depending on experience and fitness. The long-distance path has been divided into 12 manageable sections, which can easily be tackled as day hikes.
If you don’t have the time (or energy!) to complete the full 130-mile long-distance path, then you’re in luck. We’ve picked out some of our favourite sections of the Anglesey Coastal Path. From family-friendly circular walks to day hikes along the coast, here are our top 5 Anglesey Coastal Walks…
One of our favourite sections of the Anglesey Coastal Path, the Ynys Llanddwyn (Llanddwyn Island) Circular Walk is a must for those visiting this stunning island. Ynys Llanddwyn is a popular beauty spot, once inhabited by the patron saint of Welsh Lovers.
Highlights of this circular walk include the romantic ruins of St Dwynwen’s Church, the famous Tŵr Mawr Lighthouse, the golden sands of Newborough Beach and the winding paths of Newborough Forest. With views of the mighty Snowdonia mountains in the background, Llanddwyn Island is one of the most beautiful places in Wales.
Time: 2 hours
Starting Point: Newborough Forest Car Park
Route Details: Wales Coast Path Circular Walk – Ynys Llanddwyn
Discover the delightful Ynys Llanddwyn Circular Walk whilst staying in one of these charming holiday cottages in Newborough.
Showcasing the wild and dramatic landscape of the Anglesey coast, the Cemaes Bay Circular Walk explores one of our favourite sections of the Anglesey Coastal Path. A rugged route, full of historic landmarks and picture-perfect scenery, the Cemaes Bay Circular Walk takes you to the northernmost point of the Wales Coast Path.
Explore the old Porth Wen Brickworks, the Porth Llanlleiana China and Brickworks and Llanbadrig Church, boasting stunning views of the coast and beyond. This stretch of the Anglesey Coastal Path can be challenging in places, so be prepared with the right footwear and a well-packed bag. The breathtaking views make it all worthwhile, making this section of the Anglesey Coastal Path one of our favourites!
Time: 3 hours
Starting Point: Cemaes Bay Pay and Display Car Park
Route Details: Cemaes Bay Circular Walk
If you’re looking for somewhere to stay in Northern Anglesey, be sure to check out our selection of holiday cottages in Cemaes Bay.
Discover historic castles, Victorian buildings and breathtaking views of the Menai Strait and Carneddau Mountains as you walk from Beaumaris to Penmon Point. Starting from the captivating seaside town of Beaumaris, spend some time exploring its magnificent castle and Georgian architecture before heading along the picturesque coast.
Upon arriving at Penmon Point, you’ll be treated to views of Puffin Island, the ninth-largest island of Wales. Home to an abundance of wildlife, including guillemots, cormorants, kittiwakes and razorbills, Puffin Island is a popular destination for wildlife enthusiasts from near and far. You may even be lucky enough to spot a porpoise or dolphin at this attraction which is featured in our ultimate guide for things to do in Anglesey!
Time: 2 hours
Starting Point: Beaumaris
Route Details: Beaumaris to Penmon Point Walk
Enjoy a coastal adventure and walk from Beaumaris to Penmon Point whilst enjoying a stay in one of these cosy Beaumaris holiday cottages.
Taking you from the picturesque Trearddur Bay via the iconic South Stack lighthouse to Holyhead, this spectacular walk is the final section of the Anglesey Coastal Path. The route follows a rugged and interesting coastline, home to numerous bays, delightful scenery and the famous South Stack Lighthouse.
This section of the Anglesey Coastal Path takes you to the highest point of the long-distance trail; Mynydd Twr. A slight detour off the official path will take you to the summit of Holyhead Mountain, where you’ll be treated to views of the entire island. From here, it’s all downhill to Holyhead, the largest town on the island.
Time: 6 hours
Starting Point: Trearddur
Route Details: Anglesey Coastal Path Stage 12, Trearddur to Holyhead
Before setting off on this final section of the Anglesey Coastal Path, why not enjoy some home comforts in one of these stunning Trearddur Bay holiday cottages.
Experience a breathtaking sunset over the Irish Sea on this short but memorable coastal walk. Cemlyn Bay is home to a sweeping stretch of shingle beach, where a shingle ridge provides a barrier between a large saltwater lagoon and the beach itself. Owned by the National Trust, as part of the Cemlyn Estate, the reserve is best known for its colony of breeding sandwich terns.
The Cemlyn Bay and Llanrhwydrus Circular Walk provides wonderful sea views, with a chance to explore the elegant Llanrhwydrus Church and the Henborth drumlin – a rock formation in the shape of a beached whale.
Time: 2 hours
Starting Point: Bryn Aber Car Park
Route Details: Cemlyn Bay and Llanrhwydrus Circular Walk
Whilst exploring the rugged beauty of Northern Anglesey, why not stay in a holiday cottage in Church Bay, for a rural getaway like no other.
Looking for a place to refuel whilst exploring the Anglesey Coastal Path? Check out our favourite restaurants in Anglesey. Or make a pitstop and spend an afternoon at our top beaches in Anglesey.
After a day hiking along the Anglesey Coastal Path, why not relax in one of these Anglesey holiday cottages. The ideal place to base yourself whilst exploring this breathtaking island. For more scenic hikes and strolls, browse our guide to more Walks in North Wales.
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