Southern Ynys Gybi - an ancient secluded coast
This page outlines the coastal walk between Pont-rhydbont [Four Mile Bridge] and Bae Trearddur, part of the Anglesey Coast Path which in turn is part of the Wales Coast Path.
Note : the track is not yet shown on the map on the right yet.
Use the navigation arrows on the photograph to see other photos in this stage or LDP [note: you can also double click the image to make it full screen as well]
The photo order and description below follow the walk in a clockwise direction around Anglesey, but of course you can walk it in any direction.
This coastal stretch of Anglesey has little public road access apart from Borthwen. As someone who lived and worked in the area for several years - much of this walk was a surprise with the sandy Silver Bay and the rocky coast around Porth Saint being just two of the highlights.
Description of the stage
The walk takes in the southern section of Ynys Gybi, the island off the Isle of Anglesey. It is quite remote with little road access and so it is largely unspoiled. Anglesey contains some of the oldest known rocks on the world [see the online geology map in the references below] and this area includes a selection. There is even a memorial to a geologist [Dennis Stephenson-Wood] for his work on PreCambian geology in the area.
The horizon as constantly changing as the curve of the coast takes in most of the compass: starting south east, the Rhosneigr coast of Anglesey, clockwise to the south west, Ynysoedd Gwylanod and the Irish Sea and then north to the west coast of Ynys Gybi as far as Holyhead Mountain.
The route is not too demanding and includes a marshy section, the channel between Ynys Gybi and Anglesey, and several rocky coves as well as the two fine beaches of Silver Bay and Trearddur Bay.
There is an option south of Four Mile Bridge, for part of the year there is permissive path [recommended] through the land west of Bodior.
Note: at the southern end of Coed Tan-y-Bryn the path signage is misleading where the Bodior path rejoins the road - in that the road and permissive directions are indicated but it omits the continued route to Silver Bay.
1. Places along the stage
|Stage terminus||Four Mile Bridge||bridge. north end|
|Passage point||Bodior||permissive path|
|Passage point||Silver Bay|
|Passage point||Rhoscolyn Point||geology|
|Passage point||Porth Saint||geology|
|Passage point||Porth y garan|
|Stage terminus||Trearddur Bay||north end beach|
2. Stage figures
|Total ascent:||250||[m amsl]|
|Total descent:||250||[m amsl]|
|Lowest point||2||[m amsl]|
|Highest point||63||[m amsl]|
3. Walk Log
|Date walked||Who||Walking time hr||Av. speed kmh||Stoppage hr||Direction|
|10 June 2016||KM&HM||3.65||4.2||1.02||clockwise|
Points of Interest
Getting there & notes to Walkers
We stayed overnight in Four Mile Bridge and had planned to walk from Rhosneigr back to Four Mile Bridge - but the local Arriva bus service let us down.
There is a regular bus service through Trearddur Bay and Four Mile Bridge and an infrequent rail service through nearby Valley
We walked a circuit ie return from Trearddur Bay to Four Mile Bridge ~ total of 19k
Start: 10 June 2016
End: 10 June 2016
References & Links:
|20160724||Ynys Gybi / Holy Island [Wikipedia|
|20160724||Official route map|
|20160724||Getting to the path on Anglesey|
|20160724||Geology map - zoom in to Anglesey|
Updated KJM 24 July 2016