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Take the Anglesey Walking Festival in your stride

The Anglesey Walking Festival provides us with a unique opportunity to get to know all sorts of things about this fantastic island. The huge range of walks and other events are absolutely free of charge!

The festival offers everyone and anyone the chance to benefit from the amazing range of expertise present locally. Knowledgeable and experienced people lead the walks and events and their knowledge and enthusiasm bring all the unusual and interesting things about Anglesey alive. It really is a brilliant chance to discover and enjoy the coast, the interior, geology, history, legends and extremely diverse wildlife of Anglesey.

Walking, cycling, climbing and more

The title ‘Anglesey Walking Festival’ conceals the fact that in addition to a variety of fabulous walks, you can also take part in other activities such as cycling, rock climbing and rock pooling. Not only are there daytime walks, but some fascinating sounding evening events to enable you to discover nocturnal creatures such as bats and moths. I also spotted some star-gazing in this year’s schedule. There is really anything you can think of in terms of discovering Anglesey.

My recommendations

Just a few things that jumped out at me from the brochure:

– Creative writing in Beaumaris gaol;
– A walk to the beautiful Llanddwyn island to hear local stories of Welsh folklore;
– A seafaring history walk at Moelfre;
– A chance to discover how Anglesey sea salt is made;
– Learn how to forage for wild foods and about medicinal plants;
– Walk with a talented landscape photographer;
– Go mountain biking in the rainbow landscape of Parys mountain;
– Take part in a 100km cycle challenge!

I have personally led several walks for the Festival, and have really enjoyed the experience of sharing parts of Anglesey with people that they might not otherwise have discovered. I particularly love showing off the amazing local wildlife and witnessing the pleasure people have in gaining a first-hand experience of spotting a seal, recognising the rare chough, seeing a puffin for the first time and learning the names of the wonderful variety of wildflowers. It is great to share enjoyment with like-minded people and I think taking part in the festival is wonderful opportunity to do just that!

One year I led the Holy Island Challenge walk to complete the full 26 miles around the dramatic and varied coast of Holy Island over two days. Some of the best wildlife and most spectacular scenery is found on this extreme north-west tip of Anglesey. Every different walk or event this year offers a unique take on the special features of Anglesey, and each guide will give you an authentic island experience. I would highly recommend it!

Find out more

This year the Anglesey Walking Festival runs from May 21st until June 4th. The PDF version of the Walking Festival brochure can be downloaded from www.angleseywalkingfestival.com and further information obtained from Menter Mon on 01248 725700 or 01248 725719.

Please make sure you do book in advance and come suitably equipped for your chosen activity. You are asked to arrive 15 minutes beforehand to allow the walk/event to start on time.

Where to Stay

We have plenty of holiday cottages to choose from all across Anglesey – or base yourself in the heart of the island so you are only a short hop from everything.  We also have plenty of dog-friendly accommodation. Some of our cottages will also accept more than one pet – please just ask.

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