Top 5 Walks in North Wales
1. Isle of Anglesey Coast
The beautiful island of Anglesey is crisscrossed with quiet lanes and paths, making it an ideal base for walkers. Its coast path runs through spectacular scenery, with 95% of it in an Area of Outstanding Beauty.
The coast path is 125 miles long and winds its way around the edge of the island, with 95% of it an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Strong legs are required, both for walking and for heights, as the path climbs over 4000m during its journey. This is the place to come for seabirds, wildlife and a wealth of ancient history. Keep your eyes peeled for a couple of cheeky seals playing in the waves below.
2. North Wales Coastal Path
The North Wales Path winds for 60 miles (96 km) along the coast from Bangor to Prestatyn, mostly along public footpaths. It takes you to traditional seaside resorts which you can reach from the path and also gives you stunning mountain and coastal views.
Near Prestatyn, and close to the Offas Dyke Path, the route follows the Prestatyn Dyserth Way, a 2 2/3 mile (4.3 km) former railway. Some of the most stunning views on the path are of the soaring Snowdonia mountains, these can be seen from Little Ormes Head, or from Conwy Castle.
3. Edge of Wales Walk
The Edge of Wales Walk, a relatively new coastal path, along the top of the Llyn Peninsula, following pilgrim’s routes to Bardsey Island. The walk is “The only long distance walk in Britain to finish with a sea voyage to an island, and a real adventure” according to co-ordinator Peter Hewlett.
The route takes in many of the most breathtaking views and loveliest villages in Llŷn, and is ideal for walking end to end, or in small chunks as day walks.
4. Mary Jones Walk
This 26-mile walk through the Snowdonia National Park is a bracing walk to undertake in sections, but consider the 15-year-old girl the walk is named after, who walked the entire distance barefoot in 1800 to buy a bible from Bala.
She saved what little money she had for six years to afford her bible and walked from Llanfihangel-y-Pennant across valleys and around the mountains to Bala Lake. Her journey inspired the founding of the Bible Society.
5. Wat’s Dyke Trail
The Wat’s Dyke trail follows the route of the channel using public footpaths and quiet country lanes for a distance of 61 miles (99km) between Llanymynech, close to the Powys/Shropshire border and Basingwerk Abbey, which is within a stone’s throw of the River Dee estuary near Holywell in Flintshire.