Featured • November 11, 2023 • Author, Sharon Watkins
Today we want to share with you some of the best circular walks in Anglesey. If you’ve tried some of the other walks mentioned on our site such as the Coastal Path walks from Rhoseneigr and the Julie Bradbury walk you’ll agree with us that walking is one of the best ways to explore and see the beauty of the island.
These paths not only offer a refreshing workout but also stunning vistas and a burst of pure air. Strap on your hiking shoes; it’s time for an adventure!
The list below doesn’t claim to be exhaustive and you will find even more circular as well as “out and back” walks over on our Wonderful wildlife walks page. If you happen to be looking for a circular walk with history on Anglesey check out the Porth Dafarch to South Stack Walk.
Superb Circular Walks In Anglesey
Holyhead Mountain Circular
- Walk Duration: About 2 h 20 min
- Parking: South Stack Lighthouse car park (Google Maps link here)
- Distance: 4.9 miles
- Highlights: Holyhead Mountain, South Stack Lighthouse, views of the Irish Sea, Tŷ Mawr Hut Circles.
Starting at the South Stack Lighthouse car park, this moderately challenging 4.9m walk takes you along the coastal path and around Holyhead Mountain circular path. Take in stunning vistas, picturesque trails, and historic landmarks as you traverse the coastal route and circle Holyhead Mountain. This area is a favourite spot for bird enthusiasts and hikers, so expect to come across fellow explorers during your visit. The path is accessible throughout the year, making any time a good time to experience its beauty. The trail is quite open, making it challenging during windy and rainy weather. Hence, it’s ideal to tackle this path when the weather is calm, clear, and dry, ensuring optimal visibility.
Llanddwyn Island and Newborough Forest
- Walk Duration: About 4 h 15 min
- Parking: Traeth Llanddwyn car park (Google Maps link here)
- Distance: 7-8 miles
- Highlights: Llanddwyn Island, views of Snowdonia, Newborough Forest, sandy beaches
Beginning at the Traeth Llanddwyn parking area, the path initially leads to the tidal island of Ynys Llanddwyn. This area offers intriguing sights, including two lighthouses, the remnants of St Dwynwen’s Church, and St Dwynwen’s Cross. The path then returns to the mainland, winding its way along the coast and through Newborough Forest before circling back to the starting point. Ideal for hiking, running, and strolling, you can expect a relatively solitary experience while adventuring here.
More info: take a look at the Saint, Sand and Sea Trail
Moelfre to Traeth Lligwy
- Walk Duration: About 1hr 30
- Parking: (Google Maps link here)
- Distance: 4 miles
- Highlights: Coastal scenery, Traeth Lligwy beach, ancient burial chamber at Din Lligwy
Begin the easy circular walk at the Moelfre Seawatch Centre, a destination well worth exploring. As you follow the Wales Coast Path heading north around a quaint peninsula, you’ll stroll by a charming line of fishermen’s homes overlooking a pebble-strewn beach, providing vistas of Ynys Moelfre.
Your journey culminates at Traeth Llugwy (though locally, you might find it referenced as Lligwy), a magnificent sandy shoreline adorned with dunes and intriguing rock pools ready for discovery.
For your trip back, take the road leading inland from the Lligwy beach car park, crossing the initial junction. From this point, you have the option to tread along the rural roads or take the inland trails that lead back to the village core.
Cemaes Bay Circular
- Walk Duration: About 1 hr 46
- Parking: (Google Maps link here)
- Distance: 3 miles
- Highlights: Coastal path, views of the bay, countryside scenery
This easy, child-friendly route that is a popular trail for hiking, running, and walking starts and finishes in the Cemaes Bay village. The round trip walk starts by tracing the shoreline to the historic Llanlleiana Porcelain Works, Nunnery, and Graveyard, then circles back through an inland path. Along the way, enjoy breathtaking vistas of the sea, lush landscapes, and native fauna.
- Walk Duration: About 50 mins
- Parking: Rhosneigr Pay and Display Car Park (Google Maps link here)
- Distance: 2.3 miles
- Highlights: Coastal views, sandy beaches, dunes, Llyn Maelog, Wildlife
This walk which is generally considered an easy route that’s child-friendly starts from the car park in the village center. Follow the footpath sign along the boardwalk to the lake. Continue along the well-defined and easy-to-follow path. Watch out for birds, fish, horses and donkeys. It’s worth noting that if you have your furry friend with you, certain stretches require them to be on a lead. Allow some time to comb the beach for shells, driftwood and other objects of interest.
If you travel with a dog, you may be interested in this post: Dog-Friendly Rhosneigr – Best Things To Do With Your Canine
Anglesey Stepping Stone Across Afon Braint Circular Walk
- Walk Duration: 2-3 hours
- Parking: Model Village or Llyn Rhos Ddu (Google Maps link here)
- Highlights: Anglesey Stepping Stones, Villages of Dwyran and Newborough.
This lovely circular walk that takes in the Anglesey stepping stones can be walked in either direction from the car park. But it’s recommended that you do them towards the end of your walk and have your packed lunch there as it makes a brilliant picnic spot. It’s a great walk for children, you can call in the model village on the same trip and grab fish and chips in the village afterwards.
You can find a map with this walk on here.
Which Circular Walk Will You Choose?
There you go, our curated list of some of the best Anglesey circular walks. With these outstanding choices, we’re confident you’ll discover a walk that aligns with your preferences. When planning any of these walks, always check the local tide times, wear suitable footwear, and carry a map and compass. The coastal path is generally well-signposted, but having a map can be essential if you decide to venture off the main route. Also, always check the local weather forecast and be prepared for changing conditions. Enjoy your walk!
But remember, there’s so much more to Anglesey than just these walks. Take a look at all the activities and things to do in Anglesey.
Why not make your trip extra special by staying at our Boutique Anglesey guest house, perfectly located in Rhosneigr? If you have any queries or need more information please feel free to get in touch. We can’t wait to welcome you to Anglesey.