03. Path Maps

The Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path is subdivided into 12 sections as shown below. The membership pack includes a glossy map for each of these sections.
 Scroll down or click on the box to see a
brief description of each section. Click on the links for 'Route Map', 'Route Directions' or 'Places of Interest' for  maps, detailed clockwise path directions and places en route, which can all be printed. There is also a file with the whole route described on page 01 'About the Path' that can be read on a phone.  Path directions are altered as changes to the Path arise. Clicking on 'Google map' or 'Tide predictions' will take you to other sites. Mileages and ascents here have been measured by GPS.

1 - Valley - Church Bay 2 - Church Bay - Cemaes 3 - Cemaes - Amlwch 4 - Amlwch - Moelfre 5 - Moelfre - Pentraeth 6 - Red Wharf Bay - Beaumaris 7 - Beaumaris - Llanfairpwll 8 - Moel y Don - Dwyran 9 - Newborough 10 - Aberffraw - Rhosneigr 11 - Holy Island South 12 - Holy Island North

1 - Holyhead - Church Bay                                            Caergybi - Porth Swtan

Although the start point of the walk is at St. Cybi's Church in Holyhead the initial short section to the embankment is shown on map 12. After the town, the Path passes through  Penrhos Coastal Park over the embankment to Valley, the map for Section 1 is from here. The Path is attractive and low-lying with views back towards the port. There is now a new route around the Alaw estuary so there is no need to break there as instructed in some of the literature, however the estuary near the footbridge can be flooded at high tide, so check the tide tables.                                   

 From        To  miles  km
 Holyhead  Llanfachraeth  7.5  12.1    100
 Porth Trwyn
 5.8  9.3    420
 Porth Trwyn
 Church Bay
 1.2  1.9    100
Tide rushing through culvert under                         Ceri Williams
Stanley Embankment

Route Map 1
Route directions 1 clockwise
Google map
Tide Predictions for Holyhead
Places of Interest 1
Wales Coast Path Map 24  

2 - Church Bay - Cemaes                                                Porth Swtan - Cemaes

 The Path here includes some of the island’s most remote scenery and much of the coastline is National Trust. Rocky coves merge into steep cliffs that twist and fold all the way to Carmel Head, passing a sea arch and island at Ynys y Fydlyn. A section from here is closed in the shooting season, but there is an alternative inland route (see route directions). A nature reserve is crossed at Cemlyn before reaching  Wylfa Nuclear Power Station, here owing to developments at the site the Path is subject to alterations but it is well marked. The section ends at the pretty, little village of Cemaes.

 From        To  miles  km  ascent ft
 Church Bay
 Cemlyn Bay
 6.5  10.5   1850
 Cemlyn  Cemaes Bay
 6  9.7  880

Route Map 2
Route directions 2 clockwise 
Google map
Tide Predictons for Holyhead
Places of Interest 2

Tern with fish at Cemlyn                                         Ceri Williams

3 - Cemaes - Amlwch

This offers one of the most visually stunning sections of the Coastal Path..

Leaving Cemaes, the Path immediately joins the rocky cliff-tops and takes you on a dizzying journey past Llanbadrig church, Porth Llanlleiana and Porth Cynfor to arrive at the spectacular bay of Porthwen. Low, rocky cliffs follow, leading into Amlwch Port. Here, near the watchtower (in the middle of photo) you can look at a fascinating geological 'clock'.

 From        To  miles  km  ascent ft
 1  1.6    150
 2.5  4     950
 Porthwen  Bull Bay
 3.7     430
 Bull Bay
 Amlwch  2.5  4     350

Route Map 3
Route directions 3 clockwise 
Google map
Places of Interest 3

Amlwch Harbour                                                     John Payne

4 - Amlwch - Moelfre
Warning: the Path between Moelfre and almost to Nant Bychan farm is closed

Leaving Amlwch Port along gentle heather clad terrain you could be forgiven for thinking this section of the Coastal Path is going to be easy on the legs. It is in fact, second only to section 12 in terms of height gain.

Once past Point Lynas, the landscape changes, taking in steep terrain with fine views eastwards. This diverse and often remote section of Path is characterised by the  sandy expanses of Dulas estuary, Traeth yr Ora and Lligwy.

 From        To  miles  km  ascent
 Amlwch Port
 Porth Eilian
 2  3.2  460
 Porth Eilian
 Traeth Dulas
 5.5  8.8

 Traeth Dulas  Moelfre  6  9.7  800

Route Map 4
Route directions 4 clockwise
Google map
Places of Interest 4

New route:
From Moelfre take the A5108 and turn left along an estate road leading to Nant Bychan farm
Fish trap, Lligwy                                                    John Payne

                                                                            Eric Chambers
5 - Moelfre - Pentraeth

This section of the Path, although short, offers a great variety of walking.
Starting from the attractive village of Moelfre, the Path takes a low level route to
Traeth Bychan.
From here, you are treated to a dramatic series of limestone cliffs, yet you are still sheltered by a thick hedge along much of the cliff edge. On reaching Benllech, the Path continues just above sea level around the western edge of Red Wharf Bay. Owing to landslides in the winter there are diversions in place along this section.

 To  miles  km  ascent
 3.5  5.6 550
 Benllech  Pentraeth     (beach)         
 2.8  4.5 150

Route Map 5
Route directions 5 clockwise
Google map
Tide Predictions for Moelfre
Limestone platform between Moelfre and Benllech    Ann Harden                                                                                   
6 - Red Wharf Bay - Beaumaris                                   Traeth Coch - Biwmares

There is now a new route, closer to the coast, which is well signed
This section of the Path probably feels the longest, as it involves a significant amount of shoreline walking.
You begin at sea level, taking in the eastern half of Red Wharf Bay before joining the top of a sea wall for a 500-metre stretch.
The new route from the beach towards Bwrdd Arthur is now open, climbing up here, you may wish that you were walking in an anti-clockwise direction, but the views through farmland to Penmon Point are an ample reward. The latter half of the walk follows the shore along a tidal route with fine views of the Carneddau mountains across the Menai Strait.                              

 From        To  miles  km  ascent
Red Wharf Bay
Penmon Point
 13.2  600
Penmon Point

Route Map 6
Route directions 6 clockwise with new route
Google map
Tide Predictions for Beaumaris
Places of Interest 6

Carreg Onnen                                                         Gwen Richards
7 - Beaumaris - Llanfairpwll 

Despite being largely road-bound, this section of the Path is enjoyable because of its attractive, elevated views along the narrowest section of the Menai Strait. The route passes under the historic Menai Suspension Bridge. The Wales Coast Path joins here. The route follows the Strait to the Britannia Bridge. It heads up and under the bridge before going down to St Mary’s Church, through the churchyard and along the shore to the hamlet of Pwllfanogl. There is now a detour inland around Plas Newydd so that the Path is complete with no gaps. You are advised to use the road route around Pen y Parc during winter months.

 From        To  miles  km  ascent
Menai Bridge
 7.2 400
Menai Bridge
Llanfair PG
( Pwllfanogl)
 5.2  200

Route Map 7       
Route directions 7 clockwise
Google map
Tide Predictions for Menai Bridge
Places of Interest 7
Wales Coast Path Map 14

Menai Bridge and Belgian Promenade from Church Island

8 - Llanfairpwll - Moel-y-don - Dwyran (Llyn Rhos Ddu)

Warning: Afon Braint is not passable at the stepping stones (20 Jan 2018)

This is the flattest section of the Coastal Path and  mainly keeps to the Menai Strait.
The landscape here is attractive; wooded farmland adjoins the shore and the mountains of Snowdonia and Caernarfon Castle provide a backdrop across the water.

You end the walk by heading inland to cross the Afon Braint over a memorable set of large stepping stones but  beware they are covered  at high tide and it is a long way round by Dwyran.

 From        To  miles  km  ascent
 Moel-y- don
 Brynsiencyn (Llanidan)
 2  3.2  175
 Llanidan Tal-y-foel
 2  3.2
 Dwyran  4.5  7.2  451

Route Map 8 
Route directions 8 clockwise
Wales Coast Path map 14
Google map
Tide Predictions for Caernarfon

  Damaged stones                                   
     Menai Strait                                                      Eric Chambers                                                                                          
9 - Newborough (Llyn Rhos Ddu - Aberffraw)                              Niwbwrch  - Aberffraw                                 
Warning: A temporary diversion is in place from Llyn Rhos Ddu to the beach car park
This section of the Path takes you through a National Nature Reserve where you can enjoy dunes, conifer forest and huge expanses of beach leading to the romantic island at Llanddwyn.

The remainder of the walk is a mixture of farmland and dunes, ending by joining the Ffraw estuary into Aberffraw itself. Snowdonia and  the Lleyn Peninsula provide a powerful backdrop to the walk.

 From        To  miles  km  ascent
 Llyn Rhos Ddu
Ynys Llanddwyn (end)
 3.5  5.6 300
 Llanddwyn  Malltraeth
 5.75  9.3  170
 Malltraeth  Aberffraw  5.6  9  360

Route Map 9
Route directions 9 clockwise
Google map
Tide Predictions for Llanddwyn
                                                 temporary route in red
     Newborough                                                  Eric Chambers

     Malltraeth estuary                                              John Payne

10 - Aberffraw - Rhosneigr

This section of the Path highlights some of the island's best sandy beaches.
The Path follows low rocky cliffs as far as the burial chamber of Barclodiad y Gawres at Cable Bay (Porth Trecastell).

From here, huge expanses of  beach backed by dunes stretch all the way to the Inland Sea beyond Rhosneigr.

 From        To  miles  km  ascent
 Porth Cwyfan
 4.8  310
 Porth Cwyfan  Porth Trecastell  2  3.2  200
 Porth Trecastell
 Rhosneigr  2.5  4  114

Route Map 10
Route directions 10 clockwise
Google map
Tide Predictions for Porth Trecastell

Aberffraw estuary                                        Ann Harden

Porth Cwyfan at sunset                              Judith Bennett
11 - Holy Island South  (Rhosneigr - Trearddur)                        Ynys Cybi De

From Rhosneigr the Path follows the shore, joining low-lying farmland to Four Mile Bridge where it crosses to Holy Island. The Path then heads slightly inland  and  through woodland.
After this, It closely follows a diverse stretch of coastline with rocky inlets, intermittent sandy coves and a series of striking cliffs in unusual colours.

You will pass the sea arches of ‘Bwa Gwyn’ and ‘Bwa Du’ before reaching a more developed section of coastline into Trearddur Bay.

 From        To  miles  km  ascent
 Four Mile Bridge
 7  11.3    800
Four Mile  Bridge Silver Bay
 3.2  5.1    160
Silver Bay
 Rhoscolyn  1.7  2.7 100
Rhoscolyn  Trearddur Bay
 4.4  7.1   675

Route Map 11
Route directions 11 clockwise
Google map
Tide Predictions for Trearddur Bay

Bwa Gwyn, Rhoscolyn                                       John Payne
12 - Holy Island North    (Trearddur - Holyhead)                   Ynys Cybi Gogledd

The island’s highest point is reached on this last section of the Path.
Once past the sandy bays of Trearddur, Porth y Post and Porth Dafarch you come to  heather-clad coastline and towering cliffs as you journey on towards South Stack lighthouse and Holyhead Mountain. The mountain itself gives stunning views in all directions, allowing you to take in just how far you have walked, before heading down to the finish near the Port in Holyhead.

As the official start point of the Path is St. Cybi's Church, the map for this section also covers the first section to Valley.

 From        To  miles  km  ascent
 Trearddur Bay
Porth Dafarch
 2  3.2  195
 Porth Dafarch
South Stack
 4.4  7.1  425
 South Stack
 Breakwater Country Park
 3  4.8  1000
 Breakwater Country Park
 St. Cybi's Church
 2.5  4  214

Route Map 12
                                                                                  Route directions 12 clockwise
                                                                                  Google map


Holyhead                                                                   John Payne