An explorer's guide to the islands of Britain

53.139216, -4.410053
Distance: 7 km
Difficulty: Easy
Method: Walking
Wow Factor: 8 out of 10

Key Facts

  • Location: Llanddwyn
  • 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:

    Llanddwyn is a rocky peninsula in the south of Anglesey that juts out between the sandy expanses of Malltraeth Bay and Llanddwyn Bay. Although tidal, it remains attached to the mainland during all but the highest tides. The island’s name reveals its association with St Dwynwen, the Welsh patron saint of lovers who retreated to the island, unable to marry the man she loved. Her Saint’s day is 25th January, which Welsh speakers celebrate with the exchange of cards, flowers, and love-spoons – a traditional alternative to St Valentine’s Day. This is a stunning island in all seasons with glistening white-shell paths, wildflowers and plenty of swimming in secluded, sandy coves with fabulous views across to the mountains of Snowdonia.

  • 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:

    Starting through the tall pines of Newborough Forest the route then crosses the tidal sands, past the colourful Cambrian rocks. Once on the island the easy track leads passes the main attractions of secret coves, the freshwater well dedicated to St Dwynwen and its small cave, the 16th-century ruins of St Dwynwen’s church, the rocks of Porth Twr Bach and the museum in Pilots Cottages.

  • Getting there:

    Off the A4080, 1km S of Newborough village

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