Having walked the Anglesey Coastal path recently there are a few helping hints that I think would be useful to anyone thinking of doing this fantastic walk. In the main we have done day trips from our home in Cheshire which has meant we have used the local infrastructure to get from A to B and then back to A.
Here are my 20 tips.
1. Bus Route 62-This is a super bus if you are walking on the north side of the island. It runs from Bangor to Cemaes Bay every half hour Monday to Saturday and provides access to a great number of sections along the north from Cemaes Bay right down to Menai Bridge. Check the times here http://bit.ly/Angbus62
2. Pentraeth car park – this car park is situated in the middle of Pentreath and makes a great place to park if you are walking any any section from Moelfre to Red Wharf Bay or vice versa. It’s free and the bus stop (no 62 ) is 10m away depending on which way you are travelling. There is a path that starts about 150 m from the car park that leads directly to and from Red Wharf Bay.
3. Cemaes Bay parking – The car park is right on the beach and has toilets and a small kiosk for refreshments. There is a charge for parking so bring some spare change. It’s a good place to leave your car to start or end the walk. Cemaes also has a couple of good pubs and a few decent shops if you need to pick anything up.
4. Bus Route 42- This bus is a great way to get to and from the southern ends of the walk around Newborough, Malltreath Menai etc. It runs from Bangor to Aberffraw and stops at very convenient places on route. Check the times here Anglesey Bus
5. Taxi costs – There are a few taxi companies around but plan carefully as they can be more expensive than you will probably be used to and are a lot less easier to find. A good taxi we have used is Queen’s Taxis in Amlwch. tel:01407 832244
6. Amlwch Coop –The bus stop is right outside the Co-op in Amlwch so it’s easy to find. It has a cash machine, and all the usual things you would expect. Good place to stock up before the walk to Cemaes or Moelfre.
7. St Patrick’s Church – just a short walk along from Cemaes Bay you will come to St Patrick’s church. It’s a lovely old building that was established after St Patrick was shipwrecked here. If a volunteer is around on that day they will tell you about the history and if you desire you can buy a souvenir.
8. The Stepping Stones – Down near Llyn Rhos-ddu are the famous stepping stones that stand about 3 feet proud of the river you are crossing. Take care as the spaces between stones is wide and some walkers may need assistance.
9. The Riverside Cafe – After walking out of Newborough Forest you have to cross the sea wall to Malltraeth. Just before you come onto Malltreath look for a road on your right. The Riverside Cafe Is about 100ft down on the left and is normally well signposted. Good cakes and food but it normally closes around 5pm. Riverside Cafe
10. Beaumaris hill climb – Coming out of Beaumaris is a pleasant walk along the shoreline but be aware that there is a very steep hill to climb up towards the golf club. Don’t try and walk along the Main road to Menai as the footpath finishes about half a mile along the road and it’s very busy. So take your time and walk up the hill.
11. The Ship Inn – One of the best pubs on the walk. Great food, good beer and a must if you are around the Red Wharf Bay Area. It’s about 2 miles walk from Pentraeth so don’t have too many beers..The pub link is here bit.ly/ShipRDB
12. Menai Bridge parking and bus routes – Most buses from Bangor come through Menai and it makes a great place to park and get to your destination. The car park on Wood Street is £3.50 (July17) for a full day and the bus stop is directly opposite for the south bus routes and on the same side if your off to Moelfre, Amlwch, Pentraeth etc
13. Lord Nelson – Walking on the section from Menai Bridge to Newborough Forest you will go under the Britannia Bridge and and follow the path through St Mary’s Churchyard to the shoreline. Here you will find a tremendous statue of Lord Nelson over looking the Menai Straight. It was erected in the 1850’s as a marker for ships by Lord Clarence Paget, son of the Marquis.
14. The Marram Grass– if you have made it over the stepping stones at the end of the lane where it meets the road, is the famous Marram Grass. I won’t mention to much about it here as I don’t want to spoil it but don’t miss booking a meal here or even visit the cafe bit.ly/MarramG
15. Kinmel Arms Pub – At the end of a long walk or just a stop half way the Kinmel Arms pub is another great place for a beer. It’s right in the beach in Moelfre and is owned by Robinson’s Brewery so the beer if well kept. Food is available but I have not eaten here. The link for the pub is here bit.ly/KinmelArms
16. Anne’s Pantry In Moelfre – This little hidden gem is a great place to have breakfast or a snack on route. It’s very reasonable , has a lovely outdoor seating area and worth a stop. I had a lovely BLT for breakfast. The website is here http://www.annspantry.co.uk
17. Moelfre car park and bus stop – There is a free car park in Moelfre at the top of the village and toilets. Don’t go to the one on the beach as that’s payable. The bus stop is right opposite so that’s another benefit.
18. Hat and suncream – Don’t forget to bring a hat a sun cream as the sun can be intense even on overcast days. Make sure you have these or learn at your peril. Unfortunately I know from experience.
19. Bus Route 61 – The Holyhead to Amlwch bus is great for reaching the routes on the west side of Anglesey . It allows you to connect Church Bay and the routes that run to and from there. Check times here bit.ly/Angbus62
20. The Black Lion – Situated in Llanfaethlu, the Black Lion is a Gastro Pub with accommodation. Having stayed here a couple of nights I can speak with experience. The rooms are lovely, clean, modern and worth the money. Breakfasts are excellent and what you would expect from such a place. Book at table as it’s very busy and don’t expect fast service as everything is cooked fresh. If you want to book a room click here bit.ly/BlackL
I hope you find this useful. If you have any comments or amendments please get in touch.