St. Beuno’s Church, where there is limited parking – Please avoid church service times. Alternativey there is parking around the village including a car park at the Llys LLewelyn centre.
Aberffraw lies on the south-west side of Anglesey, just a stones throw inland from the spectacular beach and attendant coast-line.
What this outing lacks in distance is more than adequately compensated for by dramatic seascapes, bird life and wild-flowers. Also, an historically unique church situated on a mound, surrounded by the sea, in Cwyfan Bay – Porth Cywfan.
The first 7.3km (4.5 miles) follows the well marked coastal path, approx 1.5 hrs walking. Check the tide time as parts of this walk may be difficult at high tide – Porth Cywfan.
Leave the car parking area close to the church, head downhill towards the estuary.
The footpath is located by entering a wide driveway close to where the road curves right. Make towards a gate marked Y Cei, and turn right, soon joining the estuary side footpath – heading towards the sea.
Ignore a waymarked opportunity to depart from the estuary, but soon after, with Aberffraw Bay coming into sight, veer right, through a “kissing gate” to enter a grassed area.
When the path splits go left, then right at the next divide, heading towards a ramshackle building, where a waymark confirms the way. Cross a beach then continue along a clear grassed path.
The sea, rocks and hundreds of seabirds to the left. Lots of wild flowers too, including large clusters of Thrift and blackberries galore.
Continue on the delightful coastal path, past an island of rocks Carreg-y-trail, to a larger beach and the location of the marooned St. Cwyfan’s church, a 12th century foundation.
At that point a waymark points right (away from the sea), and leads onto another, much larger beach, and the location of the marooned St. Cwyfan’s church – another 12th century foundation.
Walk to the end of the beach, being aware of the tides, towards an isolated white painted cottage – Ty’n-twll. A retrospective view of the beach, the church and the sea beyond is unforgettable, given favourable light. If the tide is low one can walk out to St. Cwyfan’s church.
Walk along the access road, with glimpses of the motor racing circuit on the left, seeking a pronounced right turn – 50 yds beyond this, cross a stile on the right, near a telegraph pole, to cross the field to a waymarked gate/stile. Veer slightly right across the next field, towards another stile on the left. Cross this, then keeping close to the left hand boundary, head up the field to an exit gate.
Cross the next field, veering half left, towards a footbridge, then maintain the same line across the next field, aiming for a “kissing gate” situated on the high plateau. Beyond this gate accompany the left hand boundary to emerge onto a road. Turn left to return to the church in Aberffraw.
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