by Menai Holidays
I’ve had my boots for 20 years, and they are like old friends to me now. Yes, the leather is a bit cracked, but they have seen me over streams and rocks, hill and mountain, winter, autumn spring and summer. So bring along your walking shoes and come and stay in these Menai Holiday Cottages that all have wonderful walks nearby.
The local ‘go to’ classic Sunday afternoon mountain walk. Often while the higher peaks are clagged (shrouded), with low cloud, this hill can sneak in under the cloud radar and deliver breathtaking, crisp views – North onto Anglesey, West to the Llŷn Peninsula and occasional glimpses of Snowdon as the cloud rolls across the hills. But it’s no stroll in the park.
This walk can be highly rewarding when the higher peaks seem a little daunting on a less than perfect day. Pop those boots on; the weather never feels as bad on the hill as you fear while cowering behind the car windscreen. See holiday cottages near to this walk here.
Watkin Path and Cwm Llan Walk
This is a mountain walk into one of Snowdon’s Cwms. It follows the Watkin Path, past Gladstone Rock to the old quarry workings in Cwm Llan. It passes some beautiful waterfalls and the views across the naturally wooded Nant Gwynant are stunning.
The route is easy to follow using footpaths, tracks and an old quarry railway. The terrain is rocky and potentially muddy in places. Good walking footwear is recommended. Find holiday cottages near to this walk.
For more interesting walks in the area, check out our 8 best Snowdonia walks.
Llŷn Peninsula Walks
Criccieth to Porthmadog Coastal Walk
A long, but relatively gentle walk, from the coastal town of Criccieth, along with the famous Black Rock Sands beach and around the headland and estuary into the coastal village of Borth y Gest and on to the historical town of Porthmadog. This walk takes in the breathtaking, expansive views across Cardigan Bay to the Snowdonia Mountain range. There are some elevated points that offer views back along the coast towards Criccieth and onto the Madog Estuary. There are many opportunities to spot wildlife including flora and fauna, as you cross marshland, fields, sand and woodland on the route. You can walk it either way and stay in holiday cottages in Criccieth or in Borth Y Gest or Porthmadog.
Llanbedrog Headland and Tin Man Walk
This walk takes in the headland at Llanbedrog or Mynydd Tir y Cwmwd, steeped in local history and with spectacular views of the villages of Llanbedrog and Abersoch. It’s a great walk for all ages and can be completed as a family. There are some steeper sections at the start of the walk, however, there is so much to see on this walk and such great views that even the youngest on the walk can be kept amused. There’s plenty of variety with the likes of the sandy beach, the outdoor theatre, wood carvings, the Tin Man and the abundance of wildlife. It is well signposted and can be completed in one go with only a short rest at the highest point to enjoy the views.
Holiday cottages nearby are in Pwllheli.
Seaside and Wild Cliffs Walk
Starting from the lovely golden beach at Trearddur Bay, this walk leads you through a hidden Nature Reserve and up to the spectacular cliffs and coastline at Rhoscolyn. You will walk through sheltered rocky valleys as well as enjoying the dramatic coastal views of the Anglesey Coastal Footpath around Rhoscolyn headland. Lots of historical features along the route too – such as St.Gwenfaen’s ancient well. And even better it’s near the fabulous white Eagle where you can stop and have lunch before completing the walk. Although the walk starts in Trearddur Bay it could just as easily be done the other way round and start at Rhoscolyn.
Moelfre Lligwy Moelfre
The coastline on the eastern side of the island is very different to the north-west. Sandier and gentler beaches. This winter warming walk traverses rugged cliffs, pebble-strewn coves, and a huge sandy bay! Beginning from picturesque Moelfre, heading to lovely Lligwy, there’s a beach to suit everyone along the way! With guaranteed birdlife sightings, as well as islands and ships offshore, plus the chance to spot dolphins, porpoise, and even whales! You’ll be spoilt for choice of holiday cottages in Moelfre.
There are some lovely places to eat at too en route either at Lligwy Beach Cafe or Ann’s Pantry or if you want some delicious fish and chips then Coastal Cafe has the best.
Rhosneigr to Cable Bay Circular Walk
This beautiful beach-side walk is just perfect for romantics, as well as great fun for families. With rocks and rockpools to explore, plus long sandy stretches, dunes to jump off, and a number of interesting geological and historical points along the way – there’s something for
Experience Anglesey’s gorgeous western coastline, its fabulous rocks, dunes and views – with a neolithic burial mound thrown in for good measure! The Oyster Catcher and Mojo’s are quality eateries, are there to welcome you on your return. We have a plethora of wonderful holiday cottages in Rhosneigr to choose from.
Enjoy the fresh air, the sea breezes, and the warm and cosy holiday cottages you can return to after your blustery walk in North Wales.
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