Walk the Wales Coast Path from Menai Bridge to Caernarfon
Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.
Start and Finish:
Everything needed in Menai Bridge and Caernarfon, shops, eateries and pubs half way in Felinheli
Check out the businesses nearby for more places to stay and drink.
Busy main road to cross at Faenol Roundabout
Plenty of buses to and from start / end via Bangor, but no direct route. Can get off the Caernarfon – Bangor bus at Ysgol Tryfan and walk to Menai Bridge from there.
Limited in Menai Bridge.
Businesses on this section of the Wales Coast Path:
Walk the Wales Coast Path from Menai Bridge to Caernarfon Details
The Wales Coastal Path takes the walker along the entire Welsh coast. Here’s the section between Porthaethwy / Menai Bridge and Caernarfon. We’ve done it in that way as you’d be using the bridge in order to connect with the Anglesey Coastal Path, before continuing, turning the 20km or so between Bangor and Caernarfon into something more like 240km!
1 Start the route at the roundabout on the Anglesey side of the bridge, and, rather obviously, cross it over the Menai Strait to the mainland. It’s a spectacular start t the walk, and you can see the Britannia Bridge in the distance, which you’ll pass beneath later on the walk.
2 Once across the bridge, the road takes a sharp left, while the coastal path follows a minor road to the right towards Treborth Hall. Follow the minor road, before the clearly signposted path turns right into the woodland and back on the coast.
3 This is the best section of path on the Menai Strait section of the path at present, being one of the few that’s coastal to start with! It’s wooded, high above the straits and has impressive views. It’s also well-constructed, which may or may not be a bonus!
4 The path eventually passes under the Britannia Bridge – to a small section of wasteland or untidy carpark, but don’t be too disappointed as you’ll get to see the Lions of Britannia Bridge. These were immortalised in some ‘poetry’:
Pedwar llew tew
Heb ddim blew
Dau ‘ochr yma
A dau ‘ochr drew
Four fat lions
Without any hair
Two on this side
And two over there
I say ‘poetry’ as there’s no such word as ‘drew’ and it should be ‘draw’ – which doesn’t rhyme. And my welsh teacher used to complain about my spelling.
Likewise, there’ a section of the original tubular bridge here, which burned down in a fire in 1970. Follow this link for more information. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Britannia_Bridge
5 Cross the car park, there’s a path to the right that’s clearly signposted, and the path returns to follow the coast for a short distance. It’s a bit muddier than the previous section, and after around 500m or so passes through a gate in wall into a plantation.
6 Continue through the plantation, uphill, along an occasionally wet path, before joining a track that you take left. Continue along this track, past the Mausoleum and after no more than 500m open fields.
7 Turn left outside the forest, following the edge, before turning right at the end of the field and then left as you continue along it’s edge. There’s a small car park here, which was a bit of a surprise!
8 The path now takes a depressing inland route, along the road, past Vaynol Hall and through the Parc Menai Business Park to the main road! You’re virtually going back the way you came. At the roundabout, cross the road and take the pavement right or roughly SSE along the busy road. The only positive point is that it’s downhill. After around 500m, you arrive at another large roundabout where there’s a crossing place to cross the road to your right and along the quieter B4547 past the main entrance to the Faenol Estate.
9 Continue along the pavement, reminding yourself that you will see the sea again at some point, before turning at the first junction to your left, and then taking the first right on this road (almost immediate). It’s well signposted. After an initial short road section, you’re on a pleasant enough track on the old railway. You’ve barely 300m on this, before taking a path right (signposted!) to find yourself on the main road into Y Felinheli. There’s a pub here, Half Way House, that’s currently shut.
10 Cross this road and take the road right down to the marina, and follow the quiet road through an estate of modern houses. You then follow a slaty path between two of them, to emerge quite conveniently at the Gardd Fon pub! This is a highly recommended stopping point on the route, being placed on the straits as it is. There are also public toilets here as well as plenty of benches on the front if needed.
11 Follow the Beach Road, which is quite straightforward, before turning left and uphill after a boatyard. Just before you reach the main road, you’ll find the Lon Fenai cycle path on the right.
12 You can follow this all the way to Caernarfon, with the first section being totally off the road before it follows the road on pavement for just under 1km until you reach a roundabout. Cross the minor road and there’s a wooden fence that marks the restarting of the cycle path. It can now be followed all the way into Caernarfon.
13 You’ll know you’re in Caernarfon as you pass houses and reach the Doc development. This section of path has more than its fair share of irresponsible dog owners (but many, many more who are responsible!), so watch your step. Turn right along the now paved seafront, past the small pier, before turning left and along Doc Victoria (Dock). There’s a pub and the Galeri arts centre (with licensed bar and decent food).
14 Finally, pass the Galeri, across a red metal footbridge, and along the town walls and the newly regenerated prom. There’s the Anglesey Arms on the front that’s an obvious spot to stop for refreshments, or the Black Boy Inn in the town walls is also highly recommended (best pub in town!) Of course, there’s also the great big castle, which the English built to subdue the Welsh in 1282, who now charge them a small fortune in order to visit the castle they originally built.