Walk the Wales Coast Path Rhosneigr to Malltraeth
The western coast of Anglesey has a mix of rocky coasts and sandy beaches. While not as spectacular as some sections, it allows the exploration of the shore and a paddle or two!
Distance: 19.2 km
Ascent: 205 m
Time: 5 hours
Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.
Start and Finish: Rhosneigr to Malltraeth
Y Goron at Aberffraw and the Joiner’s Arms at Malltraeth. There’s also a cafe or two at Aberffraw and a chippy in Malltraeth.
Check out the businesses nearby for more places to stay and drink.
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.
Businesses on this section of the Wales Coast Path:
Walk the Wales Coast Path Rhosneigr to Malltraeth Details
From Rhosneigr, the Wales Coast Path continues south to Malltraeth via the village of Aberffraw. The coast that’s walked is pleasant, with some impressive sandy beaches, but includes some of the longest sections of forbidden coast on Anglesey and some tedious walking along road and farmland (which we recommend avoiding by taking the country lanes)
From Rhosnegir the Wales Coast Path heads along the sandy beach of Traeth Llydan past intriguinlgy named coves of Porth y Tywod, Porth Sur and Porth Nobla, towards the headland of Barclodiad y Gawres (Giantess’ Apron). This is a neolithic burial chamber that after excavations in the 1950s has been rebuilt, though it would have been full of earth rather than hollow. You can go inisde, but you’ll need some planning and the means to organise the viewing with the key-holder in Llanfaelog.
The walk continues past the fine beach at Porth Trecastell (sometimes preferentially called Cable Bay in the media, despite this never appearing on the maps) and after a short stretch of coast, you’re forced inland past the motor racing circuit (earplugs at the ready!) The Wales Coast Path rejoins the coast soon enough at Porth China and Porth Cwyfan. This is a notable location as there’s a church built on the tidal island of Cribinau, originally a peninsula separating the two bays, St Cwyfan’s Church dedicated to St Kevin. Known popularly as Eglwys Fach y Mor (translates as little church in the sea), it can be visited when the tide is favourable along a causeway. Just make sure you don’t get cut off!
Pleasant walking along easy paths takes you around Trwyn y Wylan and a few coves and shores to explore, before reaching the village of Aberffraw.
Aberffraw is a pleasant seaside village with it’s pub and beach, but you’d never consider that this was once one of the most important political centres in medieval Wales. This was the seat of the Kingdom of Gwynedd, from the 9th to the 12th centuries until they were dethroned by Edward I and their Llys dismantled to provide building materials for Beaumaris Castle.
After a walk along Aberffraw’s sandy beach, the coast path takes an inland route avoiding the forbidden coast of the Bodorgan Estate. As a result, the remaining section involves a pointless diversion across farmland and the main road at Llangadwaladr and Hermon, where a quiet country lane further south can be followed instead that cuts out the main road entirely. This passes the site of the former RAF Bodorgan, a secret World War 2 air base that stored camouflaged Wellington Bombers as well as developing pilot-less aircraft for target practice. A final descent into Malltraeth finishes the section.