Walk the Wales Coast Path Red Wharf Bay and Benllech to Amlwch Port
This section of the Wales Coast Path takes in the eclectic eastern coast of Anglesey, offering sandy beaches, seaside towns, fishing villlages and airy clifftop walking all rolled into one satisfyingly long walk.
Distance: 28.8 km
Ascent: 699 m
Time: 9 hours
Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.
Start and Finish: Red Wharf Bay to Amlwch Port
Check out the businesses nearby for more places to stay and drink.
High clifftop walking.
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.
Amlwch, City Dulas are on the main bus route to Menai Bridge with Red Wharf Bay a 15 minute walk from the main road and the bus route.
Businesses on this section of the Wales Coast Path:
Walk the Wales Coast Path Red Wharf Bay and Benllech to Amlwch Port Details
The Wales Coast Path between Red Wharf Bay, Benllech and Amlwch now brings the walk firmly onto the coast. With a combination of seaside villages, sandy beaches and clifftop walking, this is what coastal walking is all about!
The first section from Red Wharf Bay takes you around the headland and towards Benllech and the first of numerous sandy beaches along Anglesey’s eastern coast. It’ll probably be a bit early to stop for ice cream or fish and chips, but one to consider if walking the route in reverse. The coast path then takes to clifftop walking to reach the next beach at Traeth Bach. There’s a handy shop here if needed.
Around another headland, and you’ll arrive at the former fishing village of Moelfre. Moelfre is steeped in maritime heritage, and currently houses a lifeboat station. It was the location of the famous Royal Charter shipwreck in 1859, that foundered in a hurricane force storm with the loss of around 400 souls. The Royal Charter was on it’s way from Australia to Liverpool, and had numerous gold miners on board who had struck it rich down under.
Moelfre was also home to Richard Evans, a life-boatman who served for 50 years, saving nearly 300 lives during that time. He is one of a handful awarded the prestigious RNLI gold medal. There’s a bronze statue of Richard Evans next to the coast path erected in 2004.
Continuing north, the coast path takes you over more pleasant clifftop walking and to the wide sandy beach at Traeth Lligwy. This is popular in the high season and there’s a beach cafe at the car park that will hopefully be open on your trip around. Of course, it was shut during our through walk during March!
Beyond the next headland the path passes a hidden gem of a beach at Traeth yr Ora, barely ten minutes walk from the popular Traeth Lligwy. From here, the route takes us uphill with views across Dulas Bay and Anglesey’s North East coast, before descending to City Dulas and the conveniently located Pilot Boat Inn. The wide Traeth Dulas is next on the walk, which is more of a wide estuary than a beach.
From Dulas Bay, the Wales Coast Path heads inland for a short distance, before re-emerging on the clifftops above Porth yr Aber. The walking is all good to Amlwch, on proper cliff top paths that are often high and always changing views, and sets the starting point for one of the highlights of the entire Wales Coast as you walk along Anglesey’s rugged northen coastline. The walk north finishes off at yet another lighthouse – that at Trwyn Eilian / Point Lynas – with Anglesey boasting a lighthouse on every corner so to speak! Point Lynas Lighthouse, like the others, is still operational but has been automated for many years and is now a private house
The final section continues past Porth Eilian and along the rugged North Anglesey coast into Amlwch Port. This is typical of the coastline head, with the path undulating as you walk from headland to bay. There’s a fish and chip shop, caefs and a couple of pubs; Liverpool Arms and the Adelphi at Amlwch Port, which you’ll need after this exhausting section of coastal walking. Incidentally, this is the 4th Liverpool Arms the Wales Coast Path passes between here and Conwy, with the other two being in Menai Bridge and Beaumaris.