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Couple sitting on a cliff, looking at South Stack Lighthouse in Anglesey

Anglesey is a walker’s paradise: home to dramatic coastal paths, pristine beaches and charming countryside.

With its rugged coastline, serene reservoirs, ancient woodlands and breathtaking vistas, Anglesey is a haven for walkers of all abilities. Whether you’re seeking a leisurely beach stroll or a challenging hike along the coast, Anglesey has an option for everyone.

If you’re anything like me, you appreciate the simple joy of being outdoors. Nestled in the heart of North Wales, Anglesey offers some of the most spectacular landscapes to explore on foot.

Without further ado, here are five of the best walks in Anglesey, tried and tested… 

1. Newborough Forest and Llanddwyn Island Circular Walk

Llanddwyn Island in Anglesey, surrounded by green hills with mountains in the background.

Distance: 4 miles (6km) Duration: 2-3 hours Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Starting Point: Llyn Rhos Ddu Car Park

Route Details: Newborough Forest and Llanddwyn Circular Walk

Nearby Accommodation: Newborough Holiday Cottages

Looking for a walk that combines woodland adventure with coastal charm? Look no further than the Newborough Forest and Llanddwyn Beach Circular Walk.

This 4-mile route takes you through the enchanting Newborough Forest, before emerging onto the stunning Llanddwyn Beach, one of the best beaches in Anglesey.

Watch for red squirrels darting among the trees as you wander through the forest. And when you reach the beach, take a moment to paddle in the crystal-clear waters and explore the magical tidal island of Llanddwyn.

Top Tip: Take a picnic and enjoy the views of the Snowdonian mountains from Llanddwyn Island (one of my favourite views in North Wales!)

2. Cemlyn Bay Circular Walk

A row of houses with boats in the foreground in Cemaes Bay, Anglesey

Distance: 3 miles (4.8km) Duration: 2 hours Difficulty: Moderate

Starting Point: Bryn Aber Car Park, Cemlyn

Route Details: Cemlyn Bay and Llanrhwydrus Circular Walk

Nearby Accommodation: Cemaes Bay Holiday Cottages

Next up, we have the Cemlyn Bay Circular Walk. This gentle 3-mile route takes you along the coastal path, offering stunning views of the bay and its iconic lagoon.

The flat terrain makes this walk perfect for a leisurely stroll with the whole family, and there are plenty of opportunities for birdwatching along the way. Keep your eyes peeled for oystercatchers, terns, and other seabirds that call Cemlyn Bay home.

Experience historic sites, dramatic rock formations and charming sea views from one of the most popular walks in North Wales.

Top Tip: If you time this walk right, you’ll be treated to a magical sunset over the Irish Sea.

3. Holyhead Mountain Circular Walk 

A cloudy sky above South Stack Lighthouse, near Holyhead.

Distance: 10 miles (16km) Duration: 2-3 hours Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging

Starting Point: Holyhead Breakwater Country Park

Route Details: Holyhead Mountain Walk

Ready for a bit more of a challenge? Lace up your boots and head for Holyhead Mountain, the highest point on Anglesey.

Thought to be the most dramatic section of the Anglesey Coastal Path, the Holyhead Mountain Circular Walk is a must for outdoor enthusiasts.

This 10-mile circular route takes you to the summit, where you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the island, South Stack Lighthouse and beyond.

The climb can be steep in places, but trust me, the feeling of accomplishment when you reach the top is unbeatable! Plus, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife along the way, including birds of prey soaring overhead.

Top Tip: Drop into the RSPB’s South Stack Visitor Centre en route for a cuppa and cake to keep those energy levels up!

4. Parys Mountain Walk

The multicoloured rocks of Parys Mountain in Anglesey.

Distance: 2.2 miles (3.5km) Duration: 1-2 hours Difficulty: Easy

Starting Point: Parys Mountain Car Park (as you head south from Amlwch on the A5111)

Route Details: Parys Mountain Circular

Nearby Accommodation: Bull Bay Holiday Cottages

Step back in time with the Parys Mountain Walk, a fascinating exploration of Anglesey’s rich mining history and one of my favourite things to do on Anglesey.

This easy 2-mile route takes you through the otherworldly landscape of Parys Mountain, where vivid hues of red, orange, and purple paint the earth.

Parys Mountain isn’t technically a mountain, at just 340 feet high, but this doesn’t mean the views are any less impressive.

As you follow the trail past old mine shafts and abandoned buildings, you’ll learn about the area’s copper mining heritage and the impact it had on the local community.

Keep your eyes peeled for rare plants and wildlife that have made their home in this unique environment. And don’t forget to snap a few photos of the surreal scenery to share with friends and family back home.

5. Rhoscolyn Circular Walk

Views of the sea and Rhoscolyn head.

Distance: 4 miles (6km) Duration: 2 hours Difficulty: Moderate

Starting Point: St Gwenfaen’s Church (LL65 2NQ)

Route Details: Rhoscolyn Headland Walk

Nearby Accommodation: Rhoscolyn Holiday Cottages

Discover the hidden gem of Rhoscolyn, with this delightful circular walk along Anglesey’s southwest coast. This walk has some of the best scenery I’ve experienced in North Wales and is well worth the visit.

The 4-mile route takes you past secluded coves, rugged cliffs, and sandy beaches, offering glimpses of the area’s natural beauty at every turn.

Take your time to explore the picturesque village of Rhoscolyn, with its quaint cottages and charming church, before heading out along the coast. Witness seabirds soaring overhead and dolphins playing in the waves as you soak up the tranquillity of this idyllic corner of Anglesey.

Top Tip: Make sure to wear your walking boots, as some of the paths can get quite muddy!

So, there you have it – five of the best walks in Anglesey, from coastal strolls to summit adventures.

Looking for a place to stay whilst exploring one of these Anglesey walks? Discover our selection of Anglesey Holiday Cottages, the ideal base to explore this picturesque island.  

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