This winter, step into the rhythm of timeless landscapes and coastal charm with our field guide for brisk strolls on the Anglesey Coastal Path – the ideal taster for building up to the full island trek! Lace up your boots and breathe in the sea air, as we dive into five wonderful walks for beginners and beyond.
St. Cwyfan’s Circuit
Distance: 5.3 miles
Time: Approx 2.5 hours
Where to start: There’s plenty of free parking at our starting point in Aberffraw, but it’s worth landing early to stop for a coffee as spots fill up fast.
When to walk: Low tide is best for walking and paddling along the beach. At high tide, you might expect a spot of light rock climbing!
What to expect: As an island, Anglesey is spoilt for choice with sunrises and sunsets splashed across the skies and stretched over oceans. In winter, you can enjoy the comfort of a later sunrise too – no walk quite does it better than St. Cwyfan’s circular.
With a picnic area at its highest point, why not pack your pastries for a sunrise breakfast. Explore quiet sandy coves and lapping shores with a warming cup of hot chocolate in hand. Enjoy humbling views of Eryri National Park (Snowdonia) and look out for seabirds on the coastline – including white gannets, shags, oystercatchers, and cormorants. You may even spot the odd seal!
As twilight settles, round off the day in Llys Llewelyn Cegin Bar for a closing drink and heavenly rarebit.
Where to stay: Ty Cwyfan is a Bolthole like no other. Our fisherman’s cottage for four promises rich, sunlit views of Eglwys Cwyfan - Anglesey’s church in the sea. Wake up refreshed to the sound of coastal waves and lose yourself in winding footpaths and ancient landmarks, before settling by the wood-burner in the inglenook.
Traeth Lligwy to Moelfre
Distance: 4 miles
Time: Approx 1.5 hours
When to walk: If heading down to the beach for a dip, be wary of tide times as the sea can rush in quickly! It’s worth checking in on predicted times here.
What to expect: Our next walk starts at a small cafe at Traeth Lligwy, where you can pick up a fresh sandwich or a hot drink to warm the cockles. You’ll soon pass the RNLI Seawatch Centre – worth a visit to learn about Moelfre’s maritime history, from gripping rescues to fascinating artefacts. Further along the route, you’ll find a memorial to the Royal Charter – a famous shipwreck due to fierce weather in 1859. As you venture north on the return leg of the circuit towards the sandy beach of Traeth Lligwy, keep a look out for large sea birds – or even dolphins! – which are often spotted on the horizon.
Where to stay: Trem Y Mor harbours two Boltholes against sweeping sea views. With room for six, 2 Trem Y Mor comes complete with hot tub to soak away your day’s adventures enveloped in steaming bubbles.
Distance: 2.2 miles
Time: Approx 50 mins
Where to start: Start your walk at the water by Llyn Maelog, parking at the off-road parking area beside Cefn Dref bed and breakfast on the A4080. Follow the footpath sign to the boardwalk.
When to walk: Walk on a clear day to take full advantage of Rhosneigr’s nature-watching!
What to expect: Rhosneigr: where windswept beaches and rolling dunes beckon. This quick stroll is well paired with your binoculars or camera to indulge in a birdwatcher’s delight!
Start by heading northeast past the Red Roofed House along Llyn Maelog lake, peaking at the footbridge over a delicate stream at the lake’s furthest point. From here, return south towards the coast, passing Maes Carafannau Penseri campsite on your left before journeying through sand dunes on Traeth Llydan beach. As the waves sing and a sea breeze prickles at your nose, you may catch the dance of kitesurfers on the horizon.
This circular walk encapsulates the laid-back feeling of Rhosneigr, offering vast sea vistas alongside the village's boardwalk charm. Though the walk is dog-friendly, one short area requires a leash as you’ll be greeted by grazing horses and donkeys!
Where to stay: As close to coastline as you can get, Glandwr is just a fifty-yard barefoot walk along a sandy track to the beach.
As you plan your next adventure on Anglesey, embrace the wilderness and let your spirit loose on an island rich with history, freedom, and inspiration.