Anglesey is a big draw for walkers thanks to the Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path, a 125-mile coastal walking path with clear, yellow waymarking and spectacular views. The full trail takes an average of 12 days and passes through a changing landscape of coastal heath, salt marsh, beaches and Wales' largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The official trailhead is at St Cybi’s church in Holyhead, but the 12 stages can easily be tackled as individual day hikes, ranging from seven to 13 miles per day. Although the path reaches a maximum altitude of just 219m, don’t be fooled – its up-and-down nature means you'll be ascending over 4000m! Some of the stages, particularly the far-northern legs from Cemaes Bay to Church Bay, make for bracing strolls against a dramatic backdrop of wild, windswept scenery.
A great, introductory day walk from Beaumaris takes in the ancient monastic site of Penmon Priory, Penmon Point with views across to Puffin Island, and Llanddona, a Blue Flag beach for a refreshing dip.
Alternatively, Moelfre is one of the prettiest harbour villages on the east coast. It’s home to the tearoom/restaurant Ann’s Pantry, as well as the volunteer-run Seawatch Centre, with exhibitions on the area’s brave lifeboat men.
Ordnance Survey (OS) Explorer Maps 262 (west coast) and 263 (east coast) are helpful, as is the Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path – Official Guide by Carl Rogers.