The Anglesey Coastal Path encircles virtually all the island to provide a diverse range of terrain for walkers to enjoy. Short sections of the Coastal Path or local circular walks can be chosen to exploit the beauty of the landscape without the demands of a long march. One of our favourite walks goes from Newborough along the beach to the historic and mystical Llanddwyn Island and back, ending up at the award-winning Marram Grass Café. Another is the walk from the Holyhead Country Park up onto the cliffs at South Stack before pausing for refreshment at the RSPB Centre and returning by a diagonal route.
The rocky cliffs, quiet sheltered coves and open wetlands are a birdwatchers’ paradise, attracting puffins, guillemots, razorbills, terns and cormorants and many varieties of wading birds and wildfowl. There are important reserves at South Stack, Newborough Warren, Cemlyn and Valley.
Anglesey is the largest island off the coast of Wales, known in Welsh as Ynys Mon, with a distinct history and character from the mainland. Most of Anglesey’s 125-mile coastline is classified as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, making it one of the most important wildlife habitats in the whole of the British Isles. The island also celebrates its human heritage: several ancient burial chambers show us that Anglesey has been inhabited from 4000BC. You could combine a walking route with a visit to one of the many Neolithic and Bronze Age sites dotted around the island to soak up the atmosphere of the timeless landscape.
If you want some relief from the walking you can spend a day at the elegant seaside resort of Beaumaris which features many interesting examples of more modern history with its World Heritage castle built by Edward I to subdue rebellion, its gaol and courthouse and its fine Georgian buildings. Or there is Plas Newydd, the country house owned by the Marquess of Anglesey encapsulates more recent history with its impressive interiors and gardens which look out over the Menai Strait to Snowdonia. If the sight of that challenging topography makes you want to put your boots on, Snowdonia with its wonderful mountain landscapes is only a short car ride away.
The island has everything needed for a thoroughly enjoyable walking holiday. Anglesey also has a wonderful choice of extensive sandy beaches with breathtaking horizons to captivate the senses. There are numerous guides to the best routes which you can find online, from guide books and from the multitude of way-marked routes which abound around the island – and we can give you some ideas. The compact dimensions and diverse landscapes of Anglesey mean you can enjoy it best by booking a self-catering holiday cottage and exploring the island from the comfort of your holiday home. Book a holiday cottage or apartment with Coastal Holidays, the Anglesey specialists at www.coastalholidays.net, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring us on 01248 430190 and we will be delighted to help you find your perfect holiday home.