Routes

The Anglesey Coastal Path route is approximately 130 miles.  The Coast Path is a  circular path around the whole Isle of Anglesey.  Click on a number on the map below to see more details of our 13 walks. This is our recommendation how to split the trail into sections if you want to walk the whole coastal path. Our 14 night, 13 day walking package follows this itinerary. All our packages are tailor-made so Anglesey Walking Holidays can create a walk with longer or shorter mileages.  Your hike can consist of more or fewer hiking days, it’s entirely up to you.  Some customers might not have the time to walk the whole path in one visit, that’s why we created the  half island packages of approximately 65 miles each.

Anglesey Coastal Path route

anglesey coastal path walks routes map with links

Anglesey Coastal Path Routes – click on the number for more details of each route

Each walk is a new discovery” was one of the comments left by a customer who walked the whole 128 miles.

Walking the Whole Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path

Arrive at Bangor. Settle into a local B&B or inn in the Menai Bridge or  Llanfairpwll area.  Llanfairpwll is well-known for being the village with the longest name in Europe – Llanfairpwll- gwyngyll – goger – y -chwyrn -drobwll – llan- tysilio – gogo – goch. Your car can remain here in safekeeping for the duration of your holiday.

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WALK 1 – Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path – Moel y Don to Beaumaris

Thomas Telford's Iconic Menai Bridge

Thomas Telford’s Iconic Menai Bridge

DISTANCE 10.5 MILES 17 KM **EASY TO MODERATE Elevation 296 m

Set off on the Anglesey Coastal path route from Moel y Don inland via Bryn Celli Ddu Burial Chamber and down to Pwllfanogl, where the acclaimed artist Sir Kyffin Williams lived. This stretch of path takes you past the two famous bridges crossing the Menai Straits, the Britannia and Menai Bridges and through the village of Llandegfan, which is away from the coast, but gives you fantastic views to Snowdonia. The walk ends in the historic town of Beaumaris with it’s Edwardian Castle (World Heritage Site), Old Gaol and Courthouse and numerous restaurants and hotels.

*2007 celebrated the 250th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Telford who built the Menai Suspension Bridge – an exhibition celebrating his life and work can be seen just off your walk at the Heritage Centre, Menai Bridge.

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WALK 2  – Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path – Beaumaris to Llanddona

Penmon Point & Puffin Island

Penmon Point & Puffin Island © Visit Wales

DISTANCE : 9.5 MILES 15 km **MODERATE              Elevation 353m

From Beaumaris, pass the mediaeval castle and follow the path to Penmon Priory and onto Trwyn Du lighthouse with views over to Puffin Island. Follow the path through farmland passing Bwrdd Arthur (Arthur’s Table). Have a little detour to the top as this is the highest point on the eastern side of the island with spectacular views of Snowdonia and the Great Orme.  Returning to the path,  cross farmland down to the beach of Red Wharf Bay by Llanddona.
***HTV featured Penmon and Beaumaris in their series about “Tidal Wales”,

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WALK 3 – Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path – Llanddona to Moelfre

Bronze Sculpture of Dic Evans, (Coxswain) Moelfre,

Bronze Sculpture of Dic Evans, (Coxswain) Moelfre,

DISTANCE 8.5 MILES 14 KM **MODERATE               Elevation 239m

From Llanddona proceed downhill, taking the beach or forest path round to Red Wharf Bay. This is a good location for lunch or refreshments, either at The Ship Inn or The Boathouse Restaurant. Continue to Benllech Beach. Benllech is an old fashioned type of beach with ice-cream cafes, and safe swimming. (A Blue Flag Beach). The path continues onto the seacliffs leading to another sandy beach called Traeth Bychan.(Small Beach) Again continue along the path which will lead to one of the prettiest little fishing villages on the east coast – Moelfre.
In 2009 the village of Moelfre commemorated 150 years since the sinking of the Royal Charter.

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WALK 4 – Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path – Moelfre to Lynas/ Porth Eilian

Coastal View from Dulas

Coastal View from Dulas

DISTANCE 11 MILES 20 KM **MODERATE                Elevation 566 M

Set off from Moelfre to Lligwy beach and Traeth yr Ora passing the Lifeboat Museum and bronze satute of renowned Coxwain Dic Evans. Also you will see the rocks on which the gold-laden Royal Charter foundered so disastrously . From Traeth yr Ora the path takes you north to a wild, unspoilt area, reminiscent of Ireland, eventually leading you to the telegraph station at Point Lynas.

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WALK 5 – Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path – Lynas/Porth Eilian to Cemaes Bay

Porthwen brickworks, near Bull Bay

Porthwen brickworks, near Bull Bay

DISTANCE 9 MILES 15 km ****STRENUOUS              Elevation 534M UNDULATING

Return to Point Lynas passing Ffynnon Eilian, a small spring which is said to be the holy well of St. Eilian, and continue to the small fishing village of Porth Amlwch, avoiding Amlwch itself. Rocky cliff tops will take you to Bull Bay. Stop to watch the seals, porpoises and dolphins, playing in the warm waters before following the coast to Porth Wen, a lovely isolated cove and an unlikely site of an abandoned brickwords with its strange tall chimneys and bee-hived shape kilns. You now climb quite high, with stunning views of Middle Mouse Island and if you take a little detour you will reach a summer house at Wales’ most northerly point! Descend to Porth Lleianna and the church of Llanbadrig.(St. Patrick’s), finally arriving at the village of Cemaes.

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WALK 6 – Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path – Cemaes to Church Bay, Porth Swtan

Ynys Fydlyn - island near Church Bay

Ynys Fydlyn – island near Church Bay

DISTANCE 10.5 MILES 17 km ***STRENUOUS            Elevation 484m

This is the island’s remotest coastline. From Cemaes follow the coast closely to Wylfa Head. The Wylfa Power Station looms between Cemaes and Carmel Head. From the gardens of “Cestyll” follow the path to the unusual beach of Cemlyn Bay and the lagoon which is a heaven for wildlife, especially the Arctic Tern, which features on the Anglesey Coastal Path logo. Continue to Hen Borth (Old Gate) and onto Trwyn Carmel Head. A group of rocks called the Skerries and another lighthouse can be seen in the distance. In summer, you might spot a seal or two basking on the rocks. From Carmel head continue to Ynys Fydlyn rock formation, eventually leading down to Porth Swtan (Church Bay).
*The popular BBC series “Coast” visited Carmel and featured an item on the family of “Bone Setters” who lived in this area.

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WALK 7 – Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path – Church Bay, Porth Swtan to Holyhead

Holyhead Marina

Holyhead Marina

DISTANCE – 14 MILES 22 km **MODERATE – LOW LYING Elevation 235m

This next section is not as elevated as the previous day, and very attractive in parts. As it is divided by the Alaw Estuary, which is unsafe to cross, you have to travel inland along its banks full of prolific wildlife, crossing the new ornate bridge before following the opposite bank to Valley, with majestic views of Holyhead Mountain. Cross over the Stanley Embankment onto Holy Island, through to the Penrhos Coastal Park onto the port of Holyhead -the gateway to Ireland.  You are now half way along the  Anglesey Coastal Path route.

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Day Trip to Ireland -Optional

Stena and Irish Ferries operate daily from Holyhead to Dublin.

IRELAND

Take the ferry to Dublin and enjoy a perfect break exploring this vibrant city. Try a pint of real Guinness in one of the hundreds of Irish pubs, or visit the Guinness Storehouse. Otherwise visit the many museums, or take a double-decker Sightseeing City tour around Dublin. We are agents for Stena Line and Irish Ferries, so ferry tickets can be bought directly from us.

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WALK 8 – Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path – Holyhead to Trearddur Bay

South Stack lighthouse

South Stack lighthouse

DISTANCE 12 MILES 19km ***STRENUOUS TO MODERATE Elevation 610m

This is probably the most attractive part of the coastal path rising up Holyhead Mountain, with abundant wild and unspoilt landscapes. Pass an old Iron Age hill-fort,  eventually leading to the famous South Stack lighthouse and Twr Elin. Twr Elin is owned by the RSPB, a popular vantage point for bird-watchers. Take a detour to visit the lighthouse (fee payable at entrance) – possibly one of the most spectacular and exciting locations on Anglesey. 400 steps lead down to the lighthouse. There, you will be able to see exhibitions on bird life, and visit the engine room before climbing to the top of the lighthouse.

Further along the coast, the landscape changes and levels out into small beaches like Porth Dafarch, with the path finally reaching Trearddur Bay.
* The popular television series “Most Haunted” were at South Stack Lighthouse in search of paranormal experiences. They weren’t disappointed!!!

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WALK 9 – Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path – Treaddur Bay to Four Mile Bridge or circular back to Trearddur Bay

Bwa Gwyn White Arch

Bwa Gwyn, White Arch Rhoscolyn, Anglesey

DISTANCE 8.75 MILES (OR 10 Mile circular) 14 km-15km **MODERATE  Elevation 231m

The next leg of the Anglesey Coastal Path route leaves Trearddur Bay and the landscape becomes rugged with interesting and unusual rock features created by the pounding sea. Follow the path up to Mynydd Rhoscolyn. Take a stop at Ffynnon Santes Gwenfaen’s Well. In the Middle Ages, people believed that the waters had healing powers.  Walk along the beaches of Borthwen and Traeth Llydan (Silver Bay), with the path finally taking you from the coast inland along gorseland and quiet lanes to Pontrhydbont or Four Mile Bridge.

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WALK 10 – Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path – Four Mile Bridge to Rhosneigr

Fishermen at Four Mile Bridge

Fishermen at Four Mile Bridge, Holy Island

DISTANCE 7.5 MILES 12 km *EASY – low lying             Elevation 280m

This stretch of coastline is the surfer’s paradise. It starts off fairly flat and sandy, taking the walker along beaches like Cymyran and Rhosneigr. On today’s walk you will most definitely have a close look at some of the military planes taking off or landing at RAF Valley. Further along the coastal path, in days gone by, this stretch of coast earned notoriety through its pirates (Lladron Crigyll- The Thieves of Crigyll – the name of the river that flows into the sea near Rhosneigr) Many a ship was taken over with travellers and crews killed for their spoils. Rhosneigr has become a busy, popular holiday resort but once it used to be a quiet fishing village.

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WALK 11 – Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path – Rhosneigr to Newborough Forest

Aberffraw bridge, Anglesey Coastal Path route

Aberffraw bridge © Visit Wales

DISTANCE 12.5 MILES 20 km *EASY – low lying          Elevation 219m

From Rhosneigr, walk the shoreline with views towards Snowdonia and the Rivals on the Llyn Peninsula. On the path, you will pass a burial chamber, which dates back to Neolithic times – Barclodiad y Gawres.  With prior warning we have access to the site.  Your walk will take you around Ynys Môn Racing Track and down to the shoreline at Llangwyfan, the church in the sea. The church can be reached at low tide. Follow the path to the beautiful beach of Aberffraw.  This section passes through an area of sand dunes and then takes you along a country road diverting onto the Malltraeth Estuary with stunning views of Snowdonia. It is along this stretch of path that Charles Tunnicliffe was inspired for many of his paintings. Many of his illustrations appeared on Brooke Bond Tea Bags and in Ladybird books. He lived at Malltraeth from 1947 until his death in 1979. This estuary is deservedly regarded of national importance due to its wealth of wildlife.  At Malltraeth, a cob was built to claim land from the sea. This land is used today as farmland. From Malltraeth walk along the cob to Newborough Forest.

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WALK 12 – Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path – Newborough Forest to Llyn Rhos Ddu (with an option of going to Aber Menai Point)

Ynys Llanddwyn Island, Anglesey Coastal Path Route

Ynys Llanddwyn Island © Visit Wales

DISTANCE  9 MILES 15 km *EASY – low lying (11 miles with Aber Menai point) Elevation 195m

From the edge of Newborogh Forest make your way through the forest for a couple of miles – where wildlife and fauna are at its best. The path will eventually lead you onto Llanddwyn Beach. Anglesey is quite often referred to as the Island of Romance. Llanddwyn is the hypnotic Island of Lovers, dedicated to Santes (Saint) Dwynwen, with its curved bay and dunes, clear sparkling waters and spectacular views towards the Llyn Peninsula. From the island walk across the dunes to Aber Menai point, ending at Llyn Rhos Ddu.

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WALK 13 – Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path – Llyn Rhos Ddu to Moel Y Don

Caernarfon Castle from Tal y Foel Anglesey Coastal Path Route

Caernarfon Castle from Tal y Foel

Distance 7.5 MILES 12 km *EASY – 127m – low lying    Elevation 127m
From Llyn Rhos Ddu, make your way to Afon Braint, where you will cross by means of giant stepping-stones, which will lead you to Tal-y-Foel with spectacular views of Caernarfon Castle and the Snowdonia Mountain Range. Continue passing the Anglesey Sea Zoo and Foel Farm (great for kids of all ages!) and follow the shore to Moel y Don car park where you will be picked up and taken to your accommodation .

This completes your self-guided walk on the Anglesey Coastal Path route!

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