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Hi I’m Lisa. Welcome to Islandeering I’m an islandeer, author and marine conservationist and passionate about sharing what I have learnt from my travels around the islands of the British Isles to help you find an adventure. I started the project 12 years ago after I had one of those light bulb moments and realised the pure magic that islands held for me. After meeting so many people on their island travels who shared my passion and told me that I must share my experiences so that others could do the same I set up Islandeering.com, where we are passionate about promoting responsible travel to our great British islands.
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High Point: 10 metres (the Memorial)
Population: Uninhabited
Size: 1.1 hectare
Wild Factor: 5 out of 10

Overview: a small, hidden island that sits tranquilly to the side of the whirlpools and eddies of The Swellies of the Menai Strait between Anglesey and mainland Wales. The main feature of the island is the fifteenth-century St Tysilio’s Church, it’s churchyard with headstones of an eclectic mix of past lives, and ancient yews. A grade II listed war memorial sits on the highpoint of the island at approximately 10 metres.

Location: south of Menai Bridge, Anglesey

How to get to Church Island, Anglesey: cross to Anglesey on the A5 using the Menai Suspension Bridge, take first exit on the roundabout, pass Waitrose on the left and park in Coed Cyrnol car park (GR SH 554 719). Walk west on the footpath down to the island.

Access to Church Island: the causeway to the island is accessible on all tides, except the highest of Spring tides

Dog friendly: Yes

Food and drink: The Green Olive vegan restaurant, Menai Bridge

Accommodation in Menai Bridge:

Luxury: built into the cliffside, immediately below Menai Suspension Bridge Manadwyn holiday house is a stunning place to watch the ever-changing currents of The Swellies

Mid-range: Maen Hir Guesthouse, warm welcome and hearty Welsh breakfast

Camping: Caerhun Farm, a Welsh smallholding with tent pitches, pods and a retro caravan.

Best things to do on Church Island: 

  • Watch the whirlpools of The Swellies
  • Enjoy a short walk around the island
  • Discover more about the lives of those buried in the churchyard here

Look out for:

  • Great views of Menai Suspension Bridge & Pont Brittania
  • Watching for egrets, oystercatchers, curlew and terns
  • Primroses in spring time

Nearby islands:

Anglesey

Holy Island, Anglesey

Llanddwyn Island

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Walk to Church Island Anglesey

Walk to Church Island Anglesey

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53.222906, -4.171490

About Us

Hi I’m Lisa. Welcome to Islandeering I’m an islandeer, author and marine conservationist and passionate about sharing what I have learnt from my travels around the islands of the British Isles to help you find an adventure. I started the project 12 years ago after I had one of those light bulb moments and realised the pure magic that islands held for me. After meeting so many people on their island travels who shared my passion and told me that I must share my experiences so that others could do the same I set up Islandeering.com, where we are passionate about promoting responsible travel to our great British islands.
Learn More

Join our Islandeering community

We have a lot of fun here, as we continuously find new islands and meet plenty of great folks along the way. Join our community to get new routes and adventures, latest blogs and news by using the email box below. Tune in also to our Facebook and Instagram pages to see where we are going next.
Distance: 1.3 km
Difficulty: Easy
Method: Walk
Wow Factor: 8 out of 10

Key Facts

  • Location: Menai Bridge, Anglesey
  • Size: 1.1 hectare
  • Terrain: Footpath
  • Access: Causeway
  • Height gain: 44 metres
  • Map: OS Explorer 263; OS Landranger 114 or 115
  • Starting point: Coed Cyrnol car park (GR SH 554 719)
  • Accommodation/food:

    Food and drink: The Green Olive vegan restaurant, Menai Bridge

    Accommodation in Menai Bridge:

    Luxury: built into the cliffside, immediately below Menai Suspension Bridge Manadwyn holiday house is a stunning place to watch the ever-changing currents of The Swellies

    Mid-range: Maen Hir Guesthouse, warm welcome and hearty Welsh breakfast

    Camping: Caerhun Farm, a Welsh smallholding with tent pitches, pods and a retro caravan.

  • Island Summary:

    A short circular walk in Menai Bridge to Church Island for great views of the Menai Suspension Bridge and the turbulent waters of The Swellies. The walk initially passes through Coed Cyrnol, a woodland Local Nature Reserve of Scots pine, broadleaf woodland and scrub with a diversity of wildlife and birdlife including red squirrels and resident coal tit, long-tailed tit, tree creeper, tawny owl and woodpeckers, with the occasional passing crossbill in the summer. The route crosses the causeway for a walk around the island’s perimeter with great views from all angles including both bridges, The Swellies and an island in the Straits, known as Ynys Welltog, that’s a breeding site for greylag geese, oystercatchers and herons.

  • Look out for:
    • Woodland birds, waders, red squirrels and seals
    • Primroses in spring time
    • Ornate gravestones
    • Charming St Tysilio Church
  • Route description:

    From the car park head west downhill through the woodland of Coed Cyrnol to reach the small causeway across to the island. A path leads around the perimeter of the island and the churchyard, with a further path to the high point, the War Memorial. Either return the same way or turn right at the end of the causeway to follow the shoreline of the Belgian Promenade towards the Menai Suspension Bridge, then head uphill on Beach Road to return to the car park on the pavement alongside the A5.

  • Getting there:

    Getting to Church Island: cross to Anglesey on the A5 using the Menai Suspension Bridge, take first exit on the roundabout, pass Waitrose on the left and park in Coed Cyrnol car park (GR SH 554 719). Walk west on the footpath down to the island.

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