Walking the Anglesey coastal path at Aberffraw

Anglesey coastal path

The Anglesey Coastal Path offers 125 miles of superb walking amongst dramatic scenery, through some of the 60 Sites of Special Scientific Interest and four National Nature Reserves to be found on Anglesey. The path was opened in 2006 and has now been enjoyed by thousands of nature lovers, who enjoy open spaces and sea views. It is not uncommon for walkers (and kayakers) to spot seals, sharks, rays and bottlenose dolphins around the Anglesey coastline.

Route-finding on the Anglesey coastal path is generally straightforward, with most of the walking being fairly steady, although the steep cliffs along the North coast can be quite a surprise after the sandy beaches and coves of a lot of the rest of the island.

The Isle of Anglesey Walking Festival takes place every summer at the beginning of June and encompasses both walks (to suit different abilities) and talks on the history of some of Anglesey’s villages, including tales of shipwrecks, industrial heritage, cannibalism, smugglers and ghosts.

Why not time your stay in Stick Cottage with the Festival and discover the history of the island at the same time as enjoying some guided walks?

The Anglesey coastal path includes two sections that pass close to Stick Cottage:

Section 8, Anglesey Coastal Path: Moel y Don (near Plas Coch) to Llyn Rhos Ddu at Pen Lon, Newborough

Stepping Stones, Pen Lon, Newborough        Stepping Stones, Pen Lon, Newborough

This is the flattest section of the coastal path and mainly keeps to the edge of the Menai Strait. The landscape is attractive, with wooded farmland adjoining the shore, and the mountains, Felinheli and Caernarfon castle providing a backdrop on the other side of the water.

The final part turns inland towards Stick Cottage, Dwyran and then along the tidal river Afon Braint and over the impressive stepping stones at Pen Lon before finishing at the bird hide overlooking Llyn Rhos Ddu, Pen Lon.

 Section 9, Anglesey Coastal Path: Llyn Rhos Ddu to Aberffraw

Beach ridges            Sanderling at Llanddwyn, Newborough

This section of the path starts at the bird hide, Pen Lon and takes you through the National Nature Reserve of Newborough Warren leading down to Llanddwyn beach, with a variety of terrain including dunes, conifer forest and huge expanses of beach, leading to the delightful island at Llanddwyn.

The remainder of the walk is a mixture of farmland and dunes, ending by joining the Ffraw estuary which leads into the picturesque village of Aberffraw (well, it would be beautiful but for the Welsh love affair with grey pebbledash!). Snowdonia and the Lleyn Peninsula provide a powerful backdrop to the walk.

Either of these sections of the Coastal Path can be started on foot from Stick Cottage. We can provide a pick-up service for walkers doing any sections of the Anglesey Coastal Path.

Geology and the Anglesey Coastal Path

Anglesey has been designated with UNESCO Geopark status. Geologists will find that the coastal footpath is a convenient way to discover the ‘bulging variety of exposures’, as described by John Conway in ‘Rocks and landscapes of the Anglesey Coastal Footpath’, published in 2010 by GeoMon.