Anglesey Coastal Path – 20 More Helpful Tips

1. Bus 23 – Holyhead to Roscolyn – If you are walking the final or first leg of the path then bus number 23 which departs from Summer Hill is a good option. It follows the coast and drops off in Trearddur Bay.

2. Parking in Holyhead – If leaving your car in Holyhead town centre the best located car park is on Boston Street. It’s on the left as you come down the street and is only £3. It’s about 100 yds from St Cybi’s Church. Note – You can’t park at the church unless it’s under 2 hours.

3. X4/4 bus / Menai Parking  – When walking the south near Aberffraw to Four Mile Bridge bus transport is limited, especially if you are walking one way. One suggestion is to park in Menai and get the X4/4 bus to Holyhead and alight at Valley for the walk to Four Mile Bridge. When you arrive is Abberffraw get bus no 42 back to Menai. This can also be done in reverse.

4. Picnics Cafe on Williams St, Holyhead. On the corner of Summer Hill and Williams Street is a nice little cafe. Ideal to get a coffee or cake for the bus. Great prices.

5. Seal watching around North Stack – Coming down from North Stack you approach Porth Namach. Look out for seals especially in September when they come here to calf.

Porth Namch
Porth Namach

6. Neptune’s Fish & Chips in Menai – After a long walk what better way to end than the chippy in Menai. I have eaten here a few times and it’s always good. You can sit in if required.  It’s on the corner of Wood st and Bridge St.

7. Water– Don’t forget to take water. Some areas are not near a local shop. Take plenty. Then add some more.

8. Stick to the path – Learn from my advice. Look out for the signs and follow the path. Don’t go off it as it can be costly retracing routes. I find the OS Map app on my iPhone brilliant for getting an exact location.

Path near Llanidan
Path near Llanidan

9. Map – Get a real map as well as mobile phone. Just in case.

10. Aberffraw Village Shop – If you arrive by bus then there is a great little shop in the square selling lots of things . Try and support it or it will be lost forever. They even sell Aberffraw Biscuits.

11. 20p for Toilets – Most major towns and car parks have them. Some of free like in Moelfre but others are 20p like Trearddur bay or Holyhead. Make sure you have a 20p!

12. Rhosneiger Sand and More Sand- Beautiful beaches and sand dunes. It’s tiring though walking on sand so take your time, stop, drink and take a bite to eat.

13. Descending the North Stack – There are some VERY steep descents and ascents near the top of Caer Y Twr. It’s tough on the knees going down. Take it easy.

14. Craig Y Mor from m ITV Safe House – On the headland just outside Trearddur Bay near Porth y Afen is the large house used in the ITV documentary ‘Safe House’. It’s an imposing house and is called Craig Y Mor. You can see it here

ITV’s Safe House
ITV’s Safe House

15. South Stack Lighthouse – It is possible to pay and go up the lighthouse. Check with the cafe at the top of the road to get a ticket.
16. The Sea Shanty Cafe – In Trearddur Bay is a lovely modern cafe called the Sea Shanty Cafe. It’s right next to the beach car park and makes a great breakfast start. The menu is reasonable and well worth a visit. Here is the link

17. The Sea Arch – When walking across South Stack Nature reserve look out for the arch. I have circled on the map below where to look for the Arch.

18. Silver Bay Picnic Table – There is a lovely picnic table on Silver Bay that makes an ideal lunch stop when you are doing the Four Mile bridge route. Silver Bay is a very quiet beach and you maybe the only one there.

19. Church in the Sea – This has to be  one of the most stunning views on the whole walk. It’s not far from Aberffraw on the path but make sure you check the tides before you walk out to it.

Church in the sea
Church in the sea

20. The Start & End Sign – Don’t miss the small sign in St Cybi’s Churchyard that marks the start and the end of the Anglesey Coastal Path. It’s placed at the wall near the entrance to the churchyard on Market Street.

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