The Anglesey section of the Wales Coast is a walker paradise. It is one of the most scenic and rugged parts of the path that remains untouched.
The entire Wales Coast path is a marvel. Some walkers have completed it in its entirety. But you can decide to cherry-pick and walk the best section. These ten circular walks on the Anglesey Coast are the perfect place to start.
Red Wharf Bay to Fedw Fawr
This section is still fresh. Not many people have had a chance to walk it because it was recently opened. You can easily walk it as a circular route using the old line of the coast path as the return route.
The path begins at Llanddonna car park on the eastern end of Red Wharf Bay. It climbs to the South-East corner of Ynys MÔn.
It won’t take long to reach the Cove at Fedw Fawr because the path is only a few kilometres long. The return leg goes through the old line of the coast with featuring bridleways and country lanes.
If you still have enough juice in the tank, you can extend the walk to Penmon. You will need a few hours to trace your way back to Fedw Fawr, after which you can take the old coast path that rejoins the official coastal path you started on.
Traeth Lligwy to Moelfre
The Traeth Lligwy to Moelfre circular walk is an easy one featuring plenty of long, exciting stretches. Compared to the other sections of the Anglesey walk that feature many towering cliffs, this one has a low coastline but quite rugged.
It’s best known as where the Royal Charter shipwrecked in 1859, killing all 400 people on board. One of the highlights of this walk is the Richard Evans bronze statue on your way to Moelfre. During his 50 years as a lifeboatman, he saved nearly 300 lives. You will also see the station from which he served.
You can choose to start the walk from either location. But it’s easier to find parking at Traeth Lligway in season. Both locations have places where you can get refreshments and make a great meet up points if you’re walking as a group.
Porthlechog to Porth Wen
The disused brick factory, the rugged coastlines, and the views across Porth Wen are the highlights of this walk. Although the brick factory might not sound as appealing as other monuments, its bizarre look is fascinating, particularly to amateur industrial archaeologists.
The walk ushers you into the magnificent Porth Wen. But you only get a taste of what to expect. To enjoy the full array of beauty and diversity that Porth Wen has to offer, you have to proceed towards Cemaes.
Cemaes to Porth Llanlleiana and Porth Wen
This walk features an undulating coastline that begins at the sandy beaches at Cemaes. There are numerous coves that will greet you at Llanlleiana Head, which is the most northerly point on the Wales Coast Path, with the nearby Llanlleiana being the northernmost settlement.
The walk is littered with bits and pieces of history, including the St. Patrick Church at Llanbadrig, the hill fort Dinas Gynfor and the ruins of the former Porth Llanlleiana China and Brickworks. The walk comes to an end in a coastal section above the brickworks at Porth Wen. For walkers that want to explore further, there’s a footpath leading down from this point.
Cemlyn Bay Walk
The Cemlyn Bay walk is perfect for walkers pressed on time or novices who are just starting to get their footing. It’s a short and easy circular walk that won’t take you more than two hours utmost to complete.
It starts at the shingle bar of Esgair Gemlyn, heading towards the headland of Town Cemlyn. It proceeds towards a viewpoint over Hen Borth then descends on its way back to cross Esgair Cemlyn at the start.
Walking this path requires proper research and preparation. Cemlyn Bay is an essential breeding ground for birds. During the nesting season between April and July, crossing the Esgair Cemlyn is prohibited.
Church Bay/ Porth Swtan to Ynys y Fydlyn Circular Walk
Most walkers have a bias to the north-west coast of Anglesey. This walk from Porth Swtan to Ynys y Fydlyn explains why.
The walk begins at the hamlet of Church Bay. Finding parking in this popular spot in season can be challenging. From here, the path follows the high cliffs reaching Ynys y Fydlyn – a tiny islet that is split into two.
A small lake has formed behind the shingle bar on the landward, which marks the beginning of the route back to the start. If you still have time, consider proceeding north into Carmel Head/ Trwyn y Gader using the track through Mynachdy to return.
It’s an excellent idea to climb to the summit of Penbrynyreglwys to capture more extensive views if you still have your legs under you.
Rhoscolyn to Traeth Llydan (Silver Bay)
This is a short and easy walk perfect for beginners and families because it has some stunning picnic sites. That walk starts at Rhoscolyn, heading to Traeth Llydan on Ynys Cybi (Holy Island).
You can stop for a picnic at Traeth Lydan. You can also stop at the White Eagle Pub at Rhoscolyn for a meal and a pint.
This path follows the official coastal path. It has a short return section on the road through Rhoscolyn. But if you have the time, extend the walk into Porth Saint and to the viewpoint at Hirfon.
Beumaris to Penmon Point
This seven-kilometre walk will take you two hours to complete taking you through the Beaumaris Castle, Carneddau Mountains, Trwyn Du Lighthouse, and offers breath-taking views of the Menai Strait.
Along the way, you get to see the many historical castles and Victorian buildings. You have to walk until Penmon Point to catch a glimpse of the historic lighthouse. The lush green gardens make a great place to rest your legs while you enjoy the superb views.
The Pilot House Café and Harry’s Bistro are great places to catch a bite nearby before you start heading back to the start.
Aberffraw to Porth Cwyfan
From the sandy beaches of Aberffraw, this walk follows a low rugged coast to Porth Cwyfan. It has a short return on a quiet country lane that allows you to take in the scenery in peace and tranquillity.
If the tide is out, make an effort to stop by the islet of Cribinau to visit St Cwyfan’s Church (Church in the Sea in English).
Although Aberffraw is now known as a small village, it once housed the court of the princess of Gwynedd. There’s a local pub in the area called Y Goron (The Crown), which possibly is in honour of this fact.
For avid walkers of the Anglesey Coast, this is a fond place for most of them. It is easily one of the best walks on the Welsh Coast, featuring phenomenal sandy beaches with that island feel. The route features a church and two lighthouses with views in the direction of Snowdonia and Llyn hills.
The beauty of this location is unrivalled. However, it’s often packed because of its popularity and the walk takes a mere hour or two utmost. But it squeezes as much of the magic that nature has to offer in that short distance.
Walking the entire Anglesey Wales Coast is a feat that every walker dreams of. A few have conquered this significant milestone. But completing it in one go will rob you the chance of enjoying the scenic views, historical monuments, and rugged coastline that most of the path offers.
By breaking down the walk and starting with the most scenic paths like the ones we’ve listed above, you have a reason to keep coming back to take on the next path. The best part is, some of the paths are short and easy and make for an excellent family expedition.