Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path

The Isle of Anglesey lies to the North West of Wales and the Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path (part of All Wales Path) circumnavigates the Island of Anglesey, including the Isle of Holy Island.

The Isle of Anglesey section of the Wales Coast Path runs for some 125 miles through some of the best coastal scenery in Wales – dramatic cliffs and rocky islets; sand dunes and forests; wide sandy bays and estuaries; intimate coves. Much of the coastline is designated as ‘Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ – and when you visit you will know why.

Leaving the North Wales Coast section of the Wales Coast Path at Bangor, it is just a short walk across the Menai Bridge to the Isle of Anglesey. The bridge affords magnificent views of the Menai Strait and the south coast of Anglesey, and once you are on the path itself look back to the bridge – as the Menai Bridge is a true “wonder of Wales” if not a “wonder of the British Isles”.

On reaching the island we bear to the right and take the Anglesey footpath in an anticlockwise direction, heading along the banks of the Strait famed for its clear waters and abundant marine life.

Passing through the towns of Menai Bridge and Beaumaris, we reach the east coast at Penmon. The east coast boasts glorious countryside, a wealth of historic monuments and, of course, the marvellous beaches for which the island is famed – including Benllech, Lligwy, and the massive expanse of sands at Red Wharf Bay.

Point Lynas Lighthouse heralds our arrival at the north coast of Anglesey where we head in an easterly direction (the point itself is a popular viewpoint for wildlife including dolphins, porpoises and for the fortunate few….basking sharks).
Both Amlwch and Amlwch Port remind us of Anglesey’s association with sea-faring men and the historic copper trade at Parys Mountain.

However, the pride of the north coast must be the beaches and harbour at Cemaes Bay, while nature lovers and bird watchers might favour the lagoon and pebble beach at Cemlyn Bay.

Rounding Carmel Head to the west coast of Anglesey we find the popular beach at Church Bay before crossing to Holy Island, with the port of Holyhead, the dramatic cliffs, nature reserve and lighthouse at South Stack and the beautiful beaches at Porth Dafarch and Trearddur Bay.

Continuing south we come to Porth Cwyfan with its famed “church in the sea”, before continuing south to the village of Aberffraw and the pretty estuary of the Afon Ffraw.

Skirting Malltraeth Bay the path cuts through Newborough Forest en-route to Llanddwyn Island with its tiny cove beaches – a little piece of heaven dropped to earth!

Turning eastwards at the Newborough Warren we head along the south coast of Anglesey, returning to the Menai Bridge and the crossing to the Welsh mainland. Enjoy fantastic views of the Snowdonia mountains and Caernarfon Castle.