Penrhos Coastal Park, Holyhead to Church Bay – Wales Coast Path

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It maybe worth stating that the Isle of Anglesey Coast Path (2006) has been around longer than the Wales Coast Path (2012). There seem to be constant improvements, so we abandoned the guidebooks and downloaded the information from the www.anglesey.gov.uk website, which seems to be regularly updated. The angles of the Anglesey signage sometimes seem to be strange, but that maybe just down to our interpretation.

This walk saw us back at the car park in Penrhos Coastal Park, we popped into the Toll House Cafe to tell the owners that we had survived the walk to Rhoscolyn – the owner had helped us out with a lift during a previous walk.

Across the Stanley Embankment we go again. Designed by Thomas Telford in an effort to improve links between Dublin, Holyhead and London, it links the Isle of Anglesey with Holy island.

We turn down the path by the garage, we shadow Gorad Beach (the tide was out) before turning inland up the Afon Alaw estuary.  There is a fancy new bridge crossing the river before you reach Llanfachraeth. The weather turned nasty, with a squally showers, obliterating any views across to Holyhead.

By the time we had walked across the sands at Traeth y Gribin the weather had cleared.

At Penrhyn Bay the path goes through the caravan park, but it is possible to walk across the beach and take a through way just where the park ends. There is a shop and cafe on the site though, so you may want refreshments, as there is very little opportunity further up the coast.

Another sandy bay at Porth Tywyn Mawr, and apart from some muddy fields the path continues smoothly to join a road then off the road again towards Trwyn Gwter-fudr (Dirty gutter nose), Cable bay and then Porth Swtan (Whiting Port) more commonly called Church Bay, with its cafe and Lobster Pot restaurant.


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