Anglesey Coast Path

This page describes the Anglesey Coast Path which is part of the Welsh Coast Path.

This path largely follows the coast of Anglesey and can be walked either clockwise or anti clockwise.

Beaumaris Oct 2014:

- the start place we are using and walking the island clockwise. Beaumaris is well known for its 13thC castle.

Description of the path

The Anglesey Coast Path takes in a variety of terrain from the hilly north and north west coast to the sandy beaches of the south west and eastern coasts.

The terrain is undulating; people regard Anglesey as flat - compared with the mountains of Snowdonia, but there are some steady climbs around the coast.

Anglesey is formed of some of the oldest rocks in the world and was planed and gouged by ice sheets several times. Settlement started early and a early passage grave is passed on the west coast. The Romans drove the Iron Age “druids” through Britain who retreated to Anglesey where the Romans massacred them. They considered the druids to be a threat and disliked their barbaric practices of human sacrifice.

The route also takes in several well known places: Llanfair PG, Aberffraw, Rhosneigr, Holyhead, Cemaes Bay, Amlwrch, Benllech and Beaumaris.

The Anglesey Coast Path is also part of the Wales Coast Path - another example of the devolved governments leading the way over their English counterparts!

Anglesey Coast Path Stats

1. Overall

Topic Info comment
Terminus Beaumaris Green
Terminus Beaumaris Green
Total Distance 200.0 km
Lowest point Beach eg Llanddwyn 2m [amsl]
Highest point Holyhead Mountain* ~170m [amsl]

*The path does not reach the summit of Holyhead Mountain - a short diversion will take you to the top at 220m.

The official start is Holyhead (Caergybi) but you may start start anywhere.

2. Stages Completed

The stages below are stages completed to date and follow a clockwise order around the island. The distance is taken from the gps track data.

Stage Distance Terrain
Beaumaris-Llanfairpwllgwyngyll 12.0km coast-flat
Llanfairpwllgwyngyll - Newborough 21.3km coast-flat
Newbourgh-Ynys Llanddwyn 6.5km coast-flat
Ynys Llanddwyn-Malltreath south 8.1km coast-flat
Four Mile Bridge - Trearddur Bay 15.2km coast-flat
Glan yr Afon - Beaumaris 12.6km coast-flat

3. Percent and total distance walked to date

Completed % Who Distance Year Notes
38% KJM & KM 75.7km 2012-17 clockwise

Sections of the path have been walked for several decades (as the photos testify). The aim is to complete the full circuit of the island.

Cousin Andy Lomas was close to completing the circuit (October 2014), he lives in Holyhead - so has a slight advantage in terms of access!

Points of Interest

The Gt Orme & Penmaen Mawr from Beaumaris

Beaumaris: - a superb setting on the northern entrance to the Menai Straits, Beaumaris also provides magnificent views of the Carneddau and North Wales east as far as the Great Orme. The town is also the site of the castle built by Edward I in 1320 and is always popular with visitors.

Telford's 1826 Road bridge

Telford’s magnificent road bridge: - built in 1826 this enabled carriage services from London to the boats to Dublin from Holyhead. it was also a ground breaking feat of engineering.
Anglesey Coast Path: Newborough - Ynys Llanddwyn Llanddwyn: - this area of Anglesey is stunning with the pine forest set against wide sandy beaches and an island formed of ancient rocks.

Llanelian, Anglesey

Llanelian: - the north coast is rocky. This quiet corner includes a small bay and a lighthouse, Point Lynas, to protect shipping. Over the years several ships have been wrecked and many lives lost on this corner of the island.

Getting there - access

The stage termini are all generally determined by public transport access. The entire path is accessible by public transport (see official walk reference below) - planning your stage needs to take account of the bus timetable


Period

Start: October 2012
End: Onging


References & Links:

Date Reference or link
20141116 Anglesey Co Co coast path home page
20141116 Anglesey Coast Path [wikipedia]

Updated KJM 02 Nov 2017
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