An explorer's guide to the islands of Britain

Distance: 7 km
Difficulty: Easy
Method: Walking
Wow Factor: 9 out of 10

Key Facts

  • Location: Anglesey
  • Size: 30 hectares
  • Terrain: Steep sand dunes and easy rock paths; beach and boardwalks
  • Access: Tidal
  • Height gain: 154 metres
  • Map: OS Explorer 263
  • Starting point: Newborough Forest car park. Lat/Long 53.1444, -4.3849; GR SH 406 634.
  • Accommodation/food:

    No facilities on the island. Seasonal snack vans and toilets in car park

  • Island Summary:

    A magical place for lovers and adventurers with miles of beautiful beaches, this is a stunning island in all seasons. The walk starts along the well-marked ‘Saint, Sand and Sea Trail’, passing through tall pine forest and the magnificent coastal dune system of Newborough Warren before reaching the northern tip of Ynys Llanddwyn. Once on the island, the delightful shell paths are accessed via elaborately carved wooden gates decorated with swirling Celtic designs. Edged with sea-holly and thrift, the route winds down to secluded sand and shingle coves, with short deviations inland to explore sites linked to the rich history and legends of the island. Stunning beaches and views of majestic Snowdonia accompany the walk throughout.

    Why not try

    Anglesey cycling route 

    Wales Coast Path around Holy Island, Anglesey

    Holyhead Mountain Walk

  • Look out for:
    • Stunning views of mountains, forest and beaches
    • Swimming in secluded coves
    • An island for lovers
    • Discovering the secret divining well
  • Route description:

    This beautiful Wales coast path circular walk starts at Newborough Forest car park and heads west through the tall pines of Newborough Forest on the ‘Saint, Sand and Sea Trail’ before descending the dunes onto the beach.

    Once on the island the route follows idyllic white shell paths along the west coast, with optional paths inland to visit the church ruins. Nearly opposite the ruins it is possible to find St Dwynwen’s spring-fed well before continuing past the cross to the old lighthouse and the geological wonders of Porth Twr Bach. Continue around the south tip, then across the cob to reach the old lifeboat building. From here head north towards Pilots Cottages then take the right fork to follow the coast north east through the dunes and along the east coast. Return to the carpark via the same route. Download our free route for more details.

  • Getting there:

    On Anglesey turn off the A4080, 1km S of Newborough village

    Why not try:

    Wild swimming in the many secluded coves

    Islands nearby

    Cycle around Anglesey

    Walk a great stretch of the Wales Coast Path to explore Ynys Fydlyn

    Walk around Holy Island

    Also, Church Island, Cribinau and lots of other ideas we haven’t written up yet. Contact us if we can help.

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