Anglesey Coast Path
The Isle of Anglesey Coast Path runs for over 200km (125 miles) through some of the grandest coastal scenery in Wales: wide sandy bays and estuaries, intimate coves, dramatic cliffs and rocky islets, sand dunes and forests. Much of this coastline is designated as one of Wales' five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The majority of the route is low lying and makes for fairly easy walking, with the proviso that in many places consideration has to be given to tidal influences. For this reason careful planning is essential if you plan to walk this route in consecutive daily sections. For a leisurely journey allowing time for exploring, an itinerary of 10 miles per day over 12 days is ideal. This is the suggestion made by Carl Rogers in the official guide book to the Anglesey Coast Path. He describes 12 day walks with starting points at Holyhead; Trearddur; Four-Mile Bridge; Aberffraw; Newborough; Moel-y-don; Beaumaris; Pentraeth; Moelfre; Amlwch Port; Cemaes; Church Bay. Commencing at St Cybi's church in Holyhead this itinerary progresses in an anti-clockwise direction around the island.
There are twenty towns and villages along the Path, so access to refreshments and accommodation is not too difficult to arrange. It is best not to walk this route in the winter months as parts of the coast are very exposed and certain sections of the route will be closed as will be much of the accommodation.
The Isle of Anglesey is separated from mainland Wales by the Menai Strait which is only 250 metres wide at the narrowest point. Two famous bridges span the Strait. Stevenson's iron bridge, originally a railway bridge, now also carries road traffic which then speeds its way across the Isle to Holyhead, and then by ferry on to Ireland. The second bridge is Thomas Telford's elegant suspension bridge, opened in 1826 and at the time the first large iron suspension bridge in the world. These bridges are just two of many human and natural features that will enrich your walking adventure around the coast of the historic Isle of Anglesey.
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