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Walk the Wales Coast Path Malltraeth to Newborough Via Ynys Llanddwyn

By Dave Roberts   

on December 16, 2020   No ratings yet.

Walk the Wales Coast Path Malltraeth to Newborough Via Ynys Llanddwyn

Further Details

Route Summary:

Start and Finish: Malltraeth to Newborough Via Ynys Llanddwyn

Distance: 15.7 km

Ascent: 118 m

Time: 5 hours

Timings are approximate and depend on the individual. Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.


Toilets and an occasional burger van at Llanddwyn Car Park.

Public Transport:

Buses to Niwbwrch and Malltraeth.

Traveline for UK Public Transport


Some sections to Ynys Llanddwyn may be cut off at the highest tides. Some sections are quite sandy and this will add time to this section – so ensure you allow an extra hour or more for this section.

Remember that we cannot outline every single hazard on a walk – it’s up to you to be safe and competent. Read up on Keeping Safe on the Wales Coast Path,  Navigation and the Gear and Equipment you’ll need.

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Walk the Wales Coast Path Malltraeth to Newborough Via Ynys Llanddwyn

The section along the Wales Coast Path from Malltraeth to Newborough is certainly different. While the shade of the forestry will be welcome on warmer days, it’s without doubt that Ynys Llanddwyn is the star of this section, if not the entire path. So while you may be tempted to shorten the walk by missing this out, don’t! The views towards Snowdonia from here are extensive and very impressive (see the photos in the gallery!).

1. Start from the car park opposite the Joiner’s Arms, next to the estuary at Malltraeth. There is a sign pointing across the cob and as usual it’s way-marked for the Wales Coast Path. The first section across the cob needs no explanation and is very straightforward. Keep an eye out to your left for the different bird life in the pools.

2. The cob finishes at a small car park from where the Wales Coast Path heads off into the forestry. While plantation walking isn’t the most exciting, the route is varied and later on you do have a choice of forestry walking or taking to the beach.

3. The forestry track needs to be followed and there are plenty of way-marks for the coast path, making route finding very easy. The path emerges on a stretch of salt-marsh for a short while that’s boggy in places, before re-entering the forest.

4. Shortly beyond this you can choose to either follow the coastal path through the forest or to follow a more interesting sandy path that takes you along side some giant dunes where you can hear the sea but can’t see it. It is possible to cross the dune at the start and walk on the beach, or you can continue and cross the dune near Ynys Llanddwyn. The choice is yours!

5. As you emerge onto the beach, Ynys Llanddwyn is directly ahead. It’s probably a good chance to empty sand from your boots too! Aim towards the wooden shelter for the notice boards and the wide track takes you easily to the lighthouses at the end of the ‘island’. This is one of the best viewpoints in the area.

7. Returning back, you can follow the beach or you can cut across the dunes at certain obvious points to hit the forestry track (recommended if you find the sand heavy
going).  If you cross the beach, the more pleasant option, you will need to keep an eye out for the path to the car park on the left at SH405 633.

8. At the car park (with facilities) the coastal path continues towards Newborough. There is even the option to follow the forestry paths back towards Malltraeth if you’re walking the trail in circular sections.. A sandy track leads you directly to the car park and picnic site at Llyn Rhos-ddu. Spot the right turning for the path to Abermenai Point if you want to extend the walk a bit. The Wales Coast Path follows the road from here and this leg ends at the roundabout at Pen-lon.


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Dave Roberts

Dave Roberts founded Walk Eryri in 2004, with the aim of providing routes that are off the beaten track. Walk Eryri is now part of Mud and Routes which continues to provide more off beat routes and walks in Snowdonia and beyond. Dave has been exploring the hills of Eryri for over thirty years, and is a qualified Mountain Leader. Dave also established Walk up Snowdon, Walk up Scafell Pike and Walk up Ben Nevis just to mention a few.

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2 thoughts on “Walk the Wales Coast Path Malltraeth to Newborough Via Ynys Llanddwyn”

  1. Llanddwyn Island (Ynys Llanddwyn) is a magical place and one of THE locations to visit on the Anglesey section of the Wales Coast Path. History, views of Snowdonia, faimily friendly, accessible and parking facilities – it’s a winner!

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