Featured • April 04, 2023 • Author, Sharon Watkins
Rhosneigr is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Angelsey, and with miles of unspoilt coastline there’s no better way to see it than on foot. With plenty of paths to explore, you can choose from gentle circular walks to hikes along Rhosneigr’s coastal paths that form part of the greater Coast Path around Wales.
Our list includes some of our favourite Rhosneigr circular walks that go past some of the best things to do in Rhosneigr as well as some walks along coastal paths that take in some breathtaking views of the area’s beaches and rugged coastline.
We’ve spent a lot of time walking in the area, and in our opinion, these are the best Rhosneigr walks that showcase the area. We have split the walks into circular and one-way walks along the coastal path so you can cherry-pick a walk that’s just right for you.
The Best Rhosneigr Circular Walks
Rhosneigr Circular Walk around Llyn Maelog
Map: See Map on Visit Anglesey
The most popular of Rhosneigr’s circular walks is the one around Llyn Maelog, an area of special scientific interest and Traeth Llydan. This walk which is child friendly, although not suitable for prams, is generally considered an easy route.
It’s a great circular walk to do at any time of year and whilst it’s a popular walk you can still enjoy some solitude during the quieter times of the day.
It takes around 45 minutes to complete.
Rhosneigr Circular Walk to St Cwyfan along the Coastal Paths
Distance: 13 km
Full details: View full details on All Trails
This there-and-back walk, which takes around 2 hr and 50 minutes to complete takes you along the Coastal Path to St Cwyfan (this is a section from the coastal walk starting in Aberffraw below). This beautiful walk is great to do at any time of year and takes you past Barclodiad y Gawres, a Neolithic burial chamber to St. Cwyfans, which is known as “Little Church in the Sea” (or Eglwys Bach Y Mor).
This trail is great for birdwatching and offers beautiful scenery throughout.
Top tip: take a packed lunch with you and wear long trousers as some parts of the walk can be overgrown.
Best Walks Along Rhosneigr’s Coastal Paths
Rhosneigr’s coastal paths are part of the 125-mile Angelsey Coastal Path, which in turn is part of the Wales Coast Path. You can choose to walk in one of two directions along the Rhosneigr coastal path from Aberffraw (or Newborough Forest) north towards Rhosneigr or walks south from Rhoscolyn, Four Mile Bridge and Trearddur.
Base yourself in Rhosneigrs boutique guest house and use public transport to take you to your starting destination and walk back to Rhonsneigr (or vice versa). You can plan your travel options on Traveline.
We’ll let you in on one of our top tips – If you want a quick bus journey get on the bus early in the morning and you’ll be at the start of the walk in less than an hour – leave it until later in the day and you’ll have multiple changes and it will take you hours to get there.
Aberffraw to Rhosneigr along the Coastal Path
Distance: 8 miles / 13 kilometres
Map: View the map on Visit Anglesey
Start your day early, by catching the bus to Aberffraw and walking North back to Rhosenigr.
Leave the village down the estuary (look back into the bay for one of the most beautiful sights in Wales) and follow the route up the headland. From Porth Cwyfan follow the route inland as it skirts past the Anglesey Racing Circuit. Then re-join the coastal path as you walk to the sandy cove of Porth Trecastell. You can often find a snack van here to grab a snack and a drink from. From here, walk around the cove and head out onto the headland. Then head along the coastal path to the dunes behind Traeth Llydan, the first of Rhosneigr’s beaches, the home of the Oystercatcher, which is a great place to grab lunch.
Some of the highlights include
- Abberffraw – The sleepy hamlet was once the capital of North Wales. Sadly no evidence remains of the Kings that lived here or the battles between the Irish, Saxons, Vikings and Normans.
- Sand dunes – view the fabulous network of protected dunes in Aberffraw
- Early Bronze Age Burial Mound – Keep an eye out for the ringed of stones poking through the grass. This burial site is on the site of another settlement that dates back to around 7,000BC.
- St Cwyfan’s Church – The church in the sea is a tiny simple church built in the fourteenth century. The site originally founded way back in the 7th century was built on a peninsula but following erosion the building is cut of a high tide.
- Porth Trecastell – a sandy cove popular with surfers and kayakers.
- Barclodiad y Gawres – a Neolithic burial chamber restored in the 1950s
Trearddur to Rhosneigr along the Coastal Path
Map: View the map on Visit Anglesey
This 13.5-mile walk starts in Trearddur Bay and heads south to Rhosneigr taking you past Four Rhoscolyn, Silver Bay, and Four Mile Bridge along the rocky coast, past wide beaches and a couple of seaside resorts.
Leaving Trearddur Bay and Traeth Trearddur you’ll follow the rocky coast south past the sandy coves at Porth Diana and Porth Castell. After spotting the natural rock arches you climb gently to a high point of just over 60m and the coastguard lookout. The path meanders down to Rhoscolyn. You’ll follow the path to Traeth Lydan where the path heads inland for around 4km until you reach Four Mile Bridge. Here you’ll cross the Cymyran Strait. The path then heads south to the coast at Glan Rhyd Isa and onto Traeth Cymyran next to RAF Valley. From here you walk along the beach into Rhosneigr where you can grab a well-earned drink and some pub grub.
- Natural rock arches – watch out for Bwa Gwyn and Bwa Du – one white quartzite arch and a more regular coastal arch.
- St Gwenfaen’s Well – an early medieval holy well. It’s claimed that if you add two white pebbles to its holy water it will cure mental illness.
- Borthwen – a scenic bay with a quiet sandy beach in Rhoscolyn
- Traeth Lydan – a fine beach worth having a rest at
- Four Mile Bridge – a village just four miles from Holyhead
- Traeth Cymyran which is next to RAF Valley.