With all our campers out and about enjoying their holidays and our children off elsewhere, my husband and I were at a bit of a loose end this May Bank Holiday, and with the weather so good we just had to get out and enjoy this wonderful place we’re so fortunate to live in.
As usual with us it was a bit of a last minute decision on the Sunday to go walking. The destination also had to work with the critically timed drop-off that my youngest had organised with a friend who had rendez vous at the local climbing wall, the Beacon Climbing Centre in Caernarfon.
So, with son dropped off, and a very excited terrier (Archie) in the back of the car, no camper this time 😢, we headed over to Anglesey to enjoy a brisk coastal walk.
The southern coast of Anglesey is made up of limestone escarpments, rolling hills, beaches and coves and stunning views over to Snowdonia and the Llŷn Peninsula. For our walk we chose the quieter, eastern side of Red Wharf Bay, near Llanddona and a circular walk that took in all of the above.
- Llanddona Circular, Anglesey
Distance: 4 miles – 7 km
Time: around 2½ to 3 hours
Terrain: some rough, wet terrain. Wear appropriate footwear
Start/Finish: Llanddona Beach Car Park (SH 5671 8061)
Parking: Llanddona Beach Car Park
Nearest Post Code: LL58 8UW
This 4 mile walk starts and ends at Llanddona Beach car park and follows the Anglesey Coast Path east to Bwrdd Arthur. Bwrdd Arthur (meaning “Arthur’s Table”), is a large flat topped limestone hill and the site of Din Sylwy a pre-historic fort. A detour to the top of Bwrdd Arthur is well worth a visit for its 360 views. From Bwrdd Arthur the walk winds its way through rolling countryside back down to the coast and Llanddona Beach car park.
It took us around 2½ hours with a couple of stops for a picnic and a panad.
For detailed guide please download the pdf – Llanddona-Circular-Walk
Monday we were busy with our latest camper, Lola who will soon be available to hire but later that day we had to play taxi service to our youngest son – again! This time strict instructions to collect at 6pm from his friends house close to Penmaenmawr, nr. Conwy. With the weather still glorious I wanted to make the most of it and a visit to the Druid’s Circle, high above Penmaenmawr is something I’ve wanted to see for quite a while.
- Penmaenmawr Upland Walk
Distance: 3.3 miles – 5.3 km
Time: around 2 hours
Terrain: tracks and grassy paths with steep ascent and descent. Wear appropriate footwear
Start/Finish: Mountain Lane parking (SH 7304 7599)
Parking: Mountain Lane parking
Nearest Post Code: LL34 6YP
We parked on Mountain Lane above Penmaenmawr by the 2 pillars that mark the opening of the Jubilee Path in 1888, where there is a small area for parking. Mountain Lane is a single track road, steep with high hedges; you may decide not to take one of our campers up Mountain Lane in case you meet on coming traffic as one of you will have to reverse. If you don’t want to chance it then there is plenty of parking in the village and the Penmaenamwr Upland Walk guide gives you directions from the village.
The walk is picturesque, and takes you into the Carneddau mountain range with stunning coast views, and if you are lucky like we were you may see some of the native Carneddau ponies.
The walk in part follows the Pilgrims Way and the North Wales Path waymarkers past a small circle of five boulders and on to the Druid’s Circle. Despite its name the circle has nothing to do with druidism! Excavations in 1958 dated the circle to the Bronze age between 1450 – 1400 B.C. a thousand years before the Druids came to this area.
From the stone circles the walk heads back down a steep grassy path to Penmaenmawr, after Graiglwyd Farm we turned left past the Caravan Park and around the back of the Graiglwyd Springs Trout Fishery following the public footpath back to Mountain Lane and our car.
For a detailed guide please download the Penmaenamwr Upland Walk guide. We parked at Location 1 and followed the path to Location 5 towards Location 6 but then took the yellow path past Graigllwyd Hall back to the car at Location 1.