Based on Holy Island off the North west coast of Anglesey. 5 day B&B, 4 days walking, 4 packed lunches, supply of route planners, maps and local information, daily pick up and transport to path.
Day 1: Pick up at Holyhead train station, and taken to accommodation either at Trearddur Bay or Holyhead. Trearddur Bay is on the western shore of Holy Island, looking out to the Irish Sea. It has a beautiful bay with rocky coves and a sandy Blue Flag beach. A popular destination on the Isle of Anglesey.
Day 2: (12 miles) - Taken from accommodation to Church Bay where you can visit the only surviving thatched cottage on Anglesey, before walking the north coast towards Valley with views towards Holyhead Mountain and the busy gateway to Ireland. Passing through secluded beaches like Traeth Crugmor, Porth Trwyn, Porth Trefadog, and Porth Tywyn Mawr, before joining the sheltered path around cliff tops crossing the Stanley Embankment to Holy Island and Penrhos Nature Reserve, ending at Holyhead.
Day 3: (12 miles) - Start where you left off at Holyhead, leaving the busy port and climbing the 610 metres of rugged cliffs up Holyhead Mountain, passing remains of an Iron Age fort. Make your way to the famous lighthouse of South Stack with its 400 steps and the RSPB watch-tower (Twr Elin) before following the dramatic coastline around coves with views over to the Llyn Peninsula, ending up at Trearddur Bay.
Day 4: (10 miles) - From Trearddur, the path takes you down the west coast of Holy Island, through rugged coastline with interesting sea arches and rock formations. It then rises to Rhoscolyn and its holy well (Ffynnon Gwenfaen’s Well) and down to the unspoilt beaches of Borthwen and Traeth Llydan (Slver Bay). Go inland to Four Mile Bridge along quiet lanes, farmland and marshes.
Day 5: (14 miles) -The last day’s walk is low-lying with lots of wide sandy beaches and dunes, passing close to Barclodiaid y Gawres ( a burial chamber from the Neolithic period, the largest from this period in Wales). The path leads you to St. Cwyfan’s church built on a rock in the middle of the sea. It can be reached at low tide. Follow coastline down to the village of Aberffraw, once the capital of Wales!!! Aberffraw was once the seat of the Princes of Gwynedd until 1282 when Llywelyn ein Llyw Olaf (The Last Prince) was killed.
Day 6: Departure from Holyhead station.
NB each walk can be curtailed to suit the individual, and pick up can be arranged earlier.
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