Anglesey coastal walks - Our top picks
Anglesey is a small island off the North West coast of Wales and is easily accessible by road across the Menai Suspension Bridge or the Britannia Bridge. Anglesey is only 45 minutes by car from Snowdon, but often has a completely different weather forecast to the Snowdonia mountains. On a wet miserable day in the mountains, you’ll often find that Anglesey is dry and sunny. We love being able to walk along the islands coast and escape the rain. These are our favourite Anglesey coastal walks:
NEWBOROUGH WARREN DUNE WALK
Distance: 3.75 miles
Dog friendly? Yes, but watch out for the ponies and cows at the start and end of the walk.
This beautiful circular walk crosses pastures and sand dunes, taking you right up to the coastline where you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the Snowdonia mountains. You can either start at the Braint car park or the Llyn Rhos Ddu car park, then follow the pink footpath signs. Although it’s not a very long walk, the terrain can be a challenge as it climbs up and down soft sand which can be tough on the thighs! Summer is the perfect time to head to Newborugh Warren if you want to see the wildflowers, but this walk can also be rather exciting on a windy Winter’s day. Just wrap up warm because those winds are chilly!
CHURCH BAY & MYNYDD Y GARN
Distance: 6 miles
Dog friendly? Dogs need to be kept on their lead for most of this walk.
This is a lovely circular walk with beautiful views of Anglesey and the coastline. Start at the car park next to the National Trust cottage in Swtan village, then head to the cliffs and follow the trail around Carmal Head. From the cliffs you’ll have fantastic views out to sea and you may even spot some puffins. When you get to Llyn Fydlyn, take the signposted path leading inland and follow this to another car park. Here you’ll notice a lane to the right, which you should follow pass a farm (Orsedd Goch) until you find a stile on the opposite side (Grid ref. 306904). Cross this stile into the field and continue to follow the public footpaths through the fields to another country lane. Turning right onto this lane will take you to a path up to the monument of Mynydd y Garn. The views from the top are worth the climb! Once you’ve finished enjoying the vista, descend back to the lane and turn left to head back into Swtan village.
Distance: 4 - 5 miles
Dog friendly? Yes, but keep a close eye on dogs when nearing the cliff edge.
There are a few possible starting points, but we drove through Holyhead town towards the nature reserve and parked in the first car park we could find, next to disused mine and art gallery. No matter where you start, you’ll see the top of the mountain (which is quite small in comparison to Snowdonia’s peaks on the mainland), so find a trail that leads to the top and follow it up there! The landscape is wild and rugged with lots of small prickly plants covering the heathland, including Stack Fleawort, which can only be found on Anglesey. For more information about the unique plant life in this area, follow this link. On a clear day Ireland is visible from the summit across the Irish Sea. You may also notice the iconic South Stack Lighthouse, which you can walk to and is open to the public. The area is easy to explore, but make sure you remember which way you came from so you can find your way back to the right car park!
MOELFRE ANCIENT VILLAGE
Distance: 3 miles
Dog friendly? Yes, dogs can walk off-lead along the coastal path, but be wary of the cliff edge.
This is a lovely walk on easy, flat terrain across coastal pastures with beautiful views out to sea. Starting at the Seawatch Centre, you can learn about the local marine wildlife and check out the lifeboats before following the coastal path along the cliffs. The path will eventually head inland to pass the remains of an ancient village at Din Lligwy. You’ll then continue towards a quarry before heading back into Moelfre. The whole walk should take no longer than 2 hours, giving you plenty of time to look out to sea with your binoculars once you’re done!
For more information about this hike and for a lovely sketched map, visit The AA’s website by clicking this link.
We hope you like our choice of coastal walks on the isle of Anglesey, but if you want a longer hike, you could always follow the Anglesey Coastal Path which is 130 miles long! Click here for more information about the Anglesey Coastal Path.
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