Traeth Lligwy to Moelfre by the Coastal Path

The first morning of our holiday, on Saturday, we were greeted by a fine sunny day with a stiff breeze. So after breakfast we got our boots on and set off to take a walk along the coastal path.

First of all we needed to get down to the sea. We could either walk along a minor road, or take a path through the fields. We decided on the latter. It took us across fields and wodland, under a tunnel of trees

and heathland

It took about 20 minutes to reach the beach at LLigwy. The tide was out revealing an expanse of fine red sand.


Looking over to the north east we could see a tower standing on the small island of Ynys Dulas. At first we thought it was a lighthouse but a quick check on the internet revealed that it was a shelter, built in 1842, for stranded sailors wrecked on the rocky shoreline.


A couple more views over the beach, looking back as we set off over the low cliffs, following the coastal path towards Moelfre.


There was stiff breeze resulting in a rough sea with waves breaking on the rocks below


After a while the path cut inland a short distance as access to the private cove of Porth Forllwyd, with it’s small harbour, wasn’t allowed.


I zoomed in on the little harbour, stranded high and dry at low tide.


Carrying on, we could see the Great Orme in the distance


We diverted off the path to take a look at the monument to the Royal Charter a steam clipper, sailing from Melbourne to Liverpool , which was wrecked on the rocky shoreline of Porth Alerth, which we had just passed, on 26 October 1859 during a major storm. despite the efforts of the people of Moelfre, only 41 of the 452 passengers, many of whom were returning with their finds in the Victorian goldfields, survived. It’s tragic to think that they had travelled all the way across half the word only to meet their end a short distance from their final destination.

Carrying along the path we approached the shingle beach of Porth Helaeth


where visitors had created little pyramids of rocks and pebles.


We approached the headland


and spotted this installation so went for a closer look


the art work, Bryn Wylfa (Lookout) , designed by a local artist, Keith Shone, is

a modern piece of work reflecting the island’s history – the three standing stones representing different periods of Ynys Mon, the prehistory, the bronze age and the influence of the Celts, while the stainless steel represents the industry and the modern age all set within circles of Anglesey marble, the geology of the land.


From the headland we had a good view of the small island of Ynys Moelfre


and across the sea to the mountains of Snowdonia


The wavs were crashing on to the rocks below


A little further on we reached the village of Moelfre, passing the lifeboat station where we deposited a small donation into the collection box.


The coast of Anglesey is notorious for ship wrecks. Ships sailing to Liverpool pass the island (we saw quite few out on the horizon during our stay) and many have met their end on the rocky shoreline.

A short distance from the lifeboat station we reached the statue of local hero, Dic Evans, depicted looking out to sea in front of the RNLI exhibition centre. He was coxswain of the Moelfre lifeboat and played a leading role in rescues of of the Hindlea in 1959 and the Nafsiporos in 1966. He was awarded MBE and two RNLI Gold medals. Retiring in 1970,he passed away in 2001 at the grand old age of 96.

The statue was created by Sam Holland. On her website she tells us

cast in fine art bronze. He stands 7 ft high and weighs approximately 400 Kg. The plinth is a granite boulder kindly donated by Hogans’ Gwyndy Quarry. The plinth alone stands 5-1/2 ft high and weighs approximately six tonnes, making the sculpture an imposing 14 ft high.

Following the Covid-19 protocol, we had a look around the RNLI information centre


Reaching the village, we stopped at the local siop (Welsh spelling!) to purchase a few items. We’d intended to grab a bit to eat, but on a sunny Saturday the pub and the local cafe were busy with a queue outside, so we didn’t linger.

We took a different route to return to our accommodation, walking inland to take in some other points of interest. That’s the topic of my next post.

19 thoughts on “Traeth Lligwy to Moelfre by the Coastal Path

  1. Beautiful photos and great post. I’v always been found of Wales, but somehow never really managed to visit. Now with everything that’s going on in the world right now, all my travel dreams and plans are on hold. Hopefully, next year. Thanks for sharing and have a good day 😀 Aiva

    • Thanks 🙂
      yes, all our travel plans have been rather put on hold this year. We’re taking advantage of vsiting places nearer to home, which isn’t such a bad thing and you have some lovely countryside over in Ireland. keep safe and healthy 🙂

    • Yes indeed. A great expanse of fine red sand.
      We saw the bay with the tide in later in the week.
      Nice little cafe – although, sadly, not open when we went back to the beach as at this time of year they’re only open at the weekend

    • Correction. No access direct from the coastal path. I think you can get there via the shoreline, but would probably be tricky. I don’t know the legal position, mind.

      • I think its the land between the path and coast that’s privately owned. There was a house there overlooking the sea and they probably own the land too. There was a stern notice telling us there was no acces down to the beach and sea.

    • You have a good coastline round your way. Having experienced the Newborough beach on the south west ide of the island, the rocky cliffs and bays near Holyhead and now the coast near Moelfre, I’m tempted to give the Anglesey coastal path a go one day. But would need to arrange good weather or I might end up calling out the lifeboat!

  2. Never really been to Anglesey other than several visits to Beaumaris (nice little town, great chippy, castle and crabbing from the pier). Some coastal walking there would seem in order

  3. Really nice photos and the informative narrative adds greatly to the interest. My wife as a young teenager holidayed close to Lligwy beach with her parents in about 1950 and we made a nostalgia trip there in 1998 (whilst staying at Portmeirion). I hope that your Flickr photos will get the viewing attention they deserve!

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