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FOR WALKERS A 12-step guide to the Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path and some of its many highlights 1 Holyhead – Porth Trwyn (14 miles) Beginning at St Cybi’s Church in the centre of Holyhead (the Coastal Path’s official start point), the route takes you from Holy Island to the sheltered banks of Afon Alaw. Rejoining the coast as you head north, look back to see the ferries making their way in and out of Holyhead’s busy port. 2 Porth Trwyn – Cemaes (10½ miles) This section’s visual highlight is the remote and unspoilt landscape around Carmel Head at the north-west tip of the island. Along the way you’ll pass picturesque Ynys y Fydlyn, a rocky outcrop with a distinctive, sea-carved stone arch and get great views of The Skerries out in the Irish Sea. 3 Cemaes – Amlwch Port (7½ miles) Head through some of Anglesey’s most striking and rugged coastline and you’ll pass Porth Badrig. According to legend, St Patrick founded a church here after being shipwrecked on nearby Ynys Badrig around AD440, making it one of the oldest Christian sites in Wales. Also keep an eye out for atmospheric views of the abandoned brickworks at Porth Wen. 4 Amlwch Port – Moelfre (12½ miles) Some real beach beauties here. Only accessible on foot or by boat, secluded Traeth yr Ora is one of Anglesey’s best-kept secrets, while picture-perfect Lligwy is a glorious combination of golden sand and deep blue sea. At journey’s end, the little village of Moelfre is one of the prettiest on the island. 5 Moelfre – Pentraeth (6 miles) This short stretch of the Coastal Path packs in plenty of variety. Watch out for distinctive rock formations between Traeth Brychan and Benllech, a series of platforms carved from the shoreline by millennia of waves. At Red Wharf Bay the wooded slopes of Mynydd Llwydiarth add a touch of green to the big blue sea views. 39


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