Anglesey, the rural island in North Wales, is a pretty sleepy place, but the inauguration of the Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path is enticing visitors to explore the superb scenery of the North Wales coastline. The 125-mile (200-km) walking path, marked with distinctive yellow signs featuring the Arctic tern, passes through twenty towns and villages, where good facilities to eat, drink, and stay overnight can all be found within easy walking distance.
The full twelve-stage trail, along terrain that is gently undulating and suitable for all abilities, passes through a picture-postcard landscape of farmland, coastal heath, salt marsh, dramatic cliffs, and pristine beaches. Equip yourself with a copy of the 0. S. Explorer maps 262 (west coast) and 263 (east coast) before setting out, and allow 2 weeks to cover the whole path, walking a daily average of around 7 miles (11 km). The path has its official start and end point at St. Cybi’s Church in Holyhead, but each of the twelve stages can be tackled as an individual day hike, ranging from 7 to 13 miles (11 to 21 km) per day. Some of the sections, particularly the far northern trails from Cemaes to Church Bay, make for bracing strolls against a dramatic backdrop of wild, windswept scenery.
The most popular leg starts in Beaumaris and continues via Penmon Point, with great views across to Puffin Island, toward Llanddona, a pristine beach for swimming. This б-mile (10-km) stretch on the eastern side of the island offers a good taster for the trail. The final stretch is a tiring 2 miles (3.2 km) along the shoreline, but well worth the effort.
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