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Anglesey - coastal walk - Aberffraw


This is a gentle, stunning coastal walk which is just over 4 miles long, depending on which route you take, offering you views over Caernarfon Bay to the hills of the Llŷn Penninsula. The well sign-posted path is easy to follow and good quality.

You can park for free near the old bridge at the entrance to Aberffraw village, but it does get busy.

Cross the bridge and turn left directly after it onto the gravel road beside the river following the sign posted coastal path (at low tide you can alternatively walk along the beachy riverbed). When you get to the river mouth, bear right and go through the kissing gate.

So just keep following the path winding through hedges along the rocky coast and admire the views.

If you – like me - like looking for sea shells, explore the little bays and go shell seeking as there is a particular kind called 'Queenies', which are tiny white and pink-ish snail shells buried in the sand.

You could sea seals and porpoises in the waters depending on how lucky you get.

Continue until you see the tiny church of Saint Cwyfan (7th century and rebuilt in 12th century) on a small island you can only get to when it's low tide, it's a lovely picnic spot if you would like to have a break here.

Now you have two choices – either walk the same way back if you like or continue along the beach and head inland for a circular walk. The inland path passes the church island and at the far end of the bay you find a track leading past a small cottage and you follow this passing the Anglesey Racing Circuit (which you might have heard earlier already) on your left.

Find the signed foot path to your right before the large house and walk through the kissing gate, continuing through the field heading towards the stile, which you need to cross. In the next field you need to find another kissing gate leading you to a footbridge over a little stream. Walk across the bridge and keep half-left through the field to another bridge across a small ditch. Again, half left across this final field to steps near an old kissing gate and continue along the edge of the field to the lane.

Turn left along the lane which leads you back to Aberffraw where you can stop for refreshments at a little cafe or at the pub. To get back to your car turn right at the Post Office in the centre of the village and continue downhill towards the old bridge.

My preference is to and from the little island at Porth Cwyfan along the coast, but then I'm definitely a seaside woman ;)


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