Anglesey Coastal Path
The former First Minister of Wales, Rhodri Morgan, officially opened the 125-mile Anglesey Coastal Path on 9 June 2006. The path has now been enjoyed by thousands of nature lovers and those who love the open spaces and sea views on coastal path walks.
What's great about the path is that it runs along the whole coastline and includes Holy Island in the west.
While some may try to do the whole coast in one season, others may take a little longer. You choose what suits you best.
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I am looking forward to trying out a few of the coastal stretches which I still have not yet visited myself.
Below you will see reviews of individual sections of the Anglesey coastal walks.
So, for example, you could start on the Menai Straits close to Telford's Suspension Bridge and make your way south along the shoreline.
To get here you'll need to walk down Cambria Road, past the Bridge Inn until you reach a small road running parallel to the Menai Straits.
Along the shore are some intersting sites including Ynys Tyslio ("Ynys" means island), The Swellies and The Platters.
Further along is St Mary's Church and Nelson's Statue. I have sailed in these tidal waters of the Menai Strait and know how strong the currents can be, especially if you're going in the wrong direction.
So perhaps it's as well we are looking at coastal walking and not navigating these frothy, turbulent waters.
Further along you can see the other main transport link onto the island, that is the Britannia Bridge. You may even have arrived on Anglesey over this bridge, which combines a road (A55 trunk) above the Holyhead to London Euston railway crossing on the lower level.
See some of our Anglesey coast videos here.
The north coast is very different to the Menai Straits in the East. Between Cemaes and Amlwch there is, for example, a very secluded cove called Porth Wen which still houses the remains of old brick kilns and chimneys.
This small natural harbour was a hive of activity when silica bricks, produced from the quartzite in the nearby quarry, were exported by small coasters.
Further along the coastline you would come to the old port of Amlwch. This is well worth a visit. Once regarded as one of the most important ports in Wales, the present harbour is a shadow of its past.
Why was Amlwch port so important at one time? Well, in a word, "copper"!
During the Industrial Revolution, Amlwch exported tonnes of copper and the harbour at Amlwch port would have been packed with sail ships carrying the copper to other parts of the UK and overseas. The ore which was smelted on the quayside was mined at nearby Parys Mountain, a site originally found by the Romans.
Here you can read more about walking individual sections of the coastal path around the island:
From Holyhead to Trearddur Bay, Anglesey Coast Walk
Walking Trearddur, Rhoscolyn and Four Mile Bridge
Cymyran Aberffraw, Enjoy Sand Dunes, Sea and Surf
Aberffraw Newborough, Dunes, Meadows, Woodlands Experience
Pentraeth Llanddona, Walk Red Wharf Bay section of the island coast
See map of Anglesey here
On the western side of Anglesey there are some great walks and spectacular sea views. While Holyhead is built on the historic port and harbour, there are nearby cliff and coastal sites of outstanding natural beauty. Take a look at some of our coastal videos of Anglesey here.
South Stack Lighthouse is well worth a visit as is the nearby RSPB Observatory at Elin's Tower. The coastal path takes you across from Port Dafarch beach, past the old firing range and on to South Stack.
Once at the top of the hill overlooking the lighthouse, you've got a choice. Either take the 400 or so steps down to the light (remember, you have to climb back too!) or climb up the path that takes you towards Holyhead Mountain and North Stack.
On a clear day you can see the Isle of Man to the North and the Wicklow Mountains of Ireland to the West. Beautiful sea pinks, lavender, and bright yellow gorse add to the deep turquoise sea canvas to make it an unforgettable experience.
The above are just three examples of points where you can join the 125-mile long Anglesey Coastal Path. It's a big stretch of coastline and you may not do it all in one visit. But I hope this gives you a taste of what you can expect.
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