The Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path is a long distance hiking trail that follows much of the island’s coastline. It's a secret gem of a trail, and at times it is hard to even believe it is in the UK. If you want a trail that will give you remoteness and an ability to switch off, it's well worth checking out.
In September 2020, my friend Jess and I set out to complete the Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path. This was my first long distance coastal path and for Jess, her first real multi-day thru hike, and we'd planned to walk it with a mix of camping and hotel stays. It would be an interesting experience carrying our packs on our backs weighing in at about 15-16 kg, hoping the promise of stunning landscape will distract from the weight. We planned to walk this trail in 6 days, although it would be advisable to try and spread it over 7 days. However, we felt fit enough to complete the average of 21 miles (33.8 km) a day.
Bear in mind our Coastal Trail motto, 'keep the sea on the left and we will be alreet'!
The Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path falls within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) which covers 95% of the coast. It passes through landscape that includes a mixture of farmland, coastal heath, dunes, salt-marsh, foreshore, cliffs and a few small pockets of woodland.
Length: 130 miles (209 km)
Total height gain: 13,695 feet (4,174 m)
Official start point: St Cybi's Church, Holyhead
Average number of days to complete: 12
Towns/villages directly on the path: 20
Possible to complete all sections using public transport: Yes
Highlights include Holyhead Mountain (the highest point on the island), South Stack lighthouse and sea cliffs, the sea arches at Bwa Gwyn (Rhoscolyn), Ynys y Fydlyn (Carmel Head), and Porth Wen, Llanddwyn Island, the Menai Suspension bridge, Britannia Bridge, Llangwyfan (Aberffraw) Llanbadrig and St Tysilio (Menai Bridge) churches, Cemlyn Nature Reserve, and Penmon Point and Priory.
Also be on the look out for choughs, peregrine falcons, terns, porpoises, seals and springtime wild flowers.
Also check out this komoot Collection for additional details: komoot.com/collection/898648/epic-beauty-wildlife-and-prehistory-isle-of-anglesey-coastal-path
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Last updated: December 9, 2021
The start of our Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path hike, well talk about starting hard... just a a casual 24 mile (38.6 km) stroll today!
Thankfully we did not need to carry all of our camping weight on our backs on this first day. We were staying in a hotel at Cemaes Bay, they kindly allowed us to keep our…
Our second day was the day that had the most amount of ascent and descent and the day we were fully loaded with our camping gear, but it was the most stunning day and genuinely I was in total awe! It was the kind of day where you could have cried at how stunning it was, and obviously the glorious sunshine…
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On the third day, the weather changed to a moody grey sky with rain was on the horizon, not an exciting prospect. It was a double blow, as Jess's feet had swollen over night and she really did not feel able to walk. She was going to rest and try find some special wedges to ease her underlying foot condition…
Every day so far had been superb, but unfortunately just like sparkly shiny pop stars' new albums with some banging number 1 smash hit and then some filler tracks, our fourth day was a filler track.
Jess joined me today again, back on the trail and complete with insoles, and the weather good as we set…
Today was a day of redemption for the Anglesea Coastal Path, it had to be. We packed up early and headed out of our campsite and down into the Newborough Forest. The sun was warm and Jess and I both without saying anything instinctively knew that we were not going to say much to each other. Not because…
Phew, the sixth and final day on the Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path. This 18.2 mile (29.3 km) stretch took us from Four Mile Bridge right the way around the western coastline, including the highest point on Anglesey, Holyhead Mountain to finish.
It was the final day. It is always an odd feeling on the…
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