Day 1: Travel to Aberffraw. Arrive at Manchester or Liverpool Airport and take the train to Bangor (North Wales) where you will be greeted and taken to your first accommodation in the quiet village of Aberffraw.
Day 2: Rhosyr Heritage Walk. This walk starts and finishes in the village of Newborogh, over the sand dunes at Newborough Warren, one of the largest dunelands in Europe. Having seen Abermenai Point and the views to Snowdonia beyond, the walk then takes you back to the bird hide at Llyn Rhos Ddu and back to your starting point at Newborogh.
Distance: 10.4 km/6.5 miles
Ascent: 100 m/300 ft.
Day 3: Minai Walk. This walk starts in the village of Brynsiencyn and takes you through mixed farmland to the well known Anglesey Sea Zoo. The Zoo offers an exciting opportunity to come face to face with some of the fascinating fish and sea life that live around the coast of Britain. From Angel Shark to Octopus, the aquarium is packed with over 100 different species. After walking the banks of the Menai Straits with fantastic views over to Snowdon and Caernarfon Castle, you will cross fields at Plas Trefarthen, which is thought to have been the site of a battle between the Romans and the Druids in 61 AD.
Distance: 13.6 km/8.5 miles
Ascent: 145 m/475 ft.
Day 4: Maelog Heritage Walk. A circular walk of Maelog Lake where you will encounter a large variety of birds, including Cormorants, Grey Herons and warblers. From here it’s on to Cable Bay. This small cove played an important and historic role in transatlantic communications between Wales and Ireland. Returning towards Rhosneigr, with views to the highest point on Anglesey, Holyhead Mountain, finishing by Maelog Lake. In the afternoon we will organise to have you taken to Holyhead where you will take the ferry to Dun Laoghaire/Dublin and transfered to Glendalough in Co. Wicklow.
Distance: 8 km/5 miles
Ascent: 100 m/300 ft.
Day 5: Glendalough’s Monastic City & Lakes. Your walk through Glendalough takes you back into the history of time with a visit to the 6th century Monastic City. Today the settlement lies in ruins but it was once the hub of learning in Europe. It was in this haven of peace and tranquillity that St. Kevin founded his monastery back in the 6th century that flourished for over six hundred years. The Gaelic for Glendalough is "Gleann Dá Locha" and translates to "The Valley of the Two Lakes" and it is these lakes that will set the scene for the rest of your walk.
Distance: 11.4 km/7 miles
Ascent: 410 m/1230 ft.
Day 6: Trooperstown and the Two Glens. This walk is one of Wicklow's best-kept secrets. It offers you a stunning array of natural beauty, made up of mixed woodlands, quiet country roads, open mountainside, rivers and streams. Through an area that was once densely populated prior to the Great Famine of 1845-1849 and clear evidence of the small fields and potato furrows can still be seen to this day. On to Trooperstown Hill, where on a clear day it is possible to see almost all the peaks in the Wicklow Mountain range and across to the Irish Sea. The trail travels down through Trooperstown Forest, to join the Wicklow Way back to Glendalough.
Distance: 12 km/7.5 miles
Ascent: 430 m/1290 ft.
Day 7: Depart for Home. Please note: our itinerary description is Wales and Wicklow. This can be changed around so that you do the Wicklow section first then Wales.
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