Anglesey Circular Walk 1 - The porpoise above was photographed during the walk back along the coastal
The walk starts from the Pen y Cefn guest house where a very warm welcome awaits you from your hosts Colin and
Jenny. The B&B provides comfortable en-suite accommodation which has recently been refurbished to high
standards. A delicious breakfast consisting of local ingredients of the best quality is served, which sets you up nicely
for the day.
Proceed along Stryd Salem downhill towards the town centre. You will pass Rozi’s tandoori restaurant on your right.
To see what we thought of our meal here see the Anglesey holiday report. Next door you have the Copper Pot tea
rooms. You will pass through a collection of small shops, takeaways and pubs on either side of the road. At the
Dinorben Arms continue straight on, the road on the right takes you down to the port. Continue to the T Junction
where you will find there is a car park in front of you. Here you take a right
turn towards Bull Bay, you will pass a nursery on your right as you make your
way uphill towards Porth Lechog (Bull Bay). The roads leads you past mainly
residential dwellings, you will pass a Catholic Church on the right hand side
which appears to have been the subject of substantial recent refurbishment
works. As you continue along the road the dwellings start to become less
frequent as green fields start to appear ( it was here that the photo of the cow
between the two houses was taken). The footpath continues uphill until you
reach the golf course on the left hand side, as you reach the brow of the hill,
you get your first sight of the sea.
As you go down hill, you pass the entrance to Bull Bay golf club. Just a little further down the road you will pass the
Trecastell Hotel, here we enjoyed a good pub meal one evening (nice view over the bay from the conservatory).
Immediately after the place name sign for Bull Bay take the road on the right
and walk towards the Bull Bay Hotel. At the bay you will find several seats
where you can take the weight of your legs and admire the views.
At the entrance to the Bull Bay Hotel take the small lane on the left. Turn left
onto a path and you will come to a kissing gate into a field. Bear left to a stile
just beyond the field gate, then right up the drive towards “Ty Gwyn”. Plenty
of butterflies were to be found in this stretch. Turn left over the field to
“Glasfryn”. Cross the lane down to the field, follow the stone wall. Then bear
left over the hill to the kissing gate. The ruins of the windmill is now well in
view. Go down the dip across the stream and up the hill in between the two
stone walls. At the top you will find yourself very close to the farmyard and
windmill. Go through the farm gate on your right.
Go through the next farm gate on your left, passing in front of “Pant-Y-Gaseg”
farm and then go through the gates on the left side of the house. When we
did this walk there did seem to be a lack of way-markers in this area, Follow
the track down the hill, through the farm gate, up the hill through the gorse
(again when we did the walk this path was a little overgrown and shorts
would not be advisable) and over the stile. Keep to the right of the next field
and at the track turn left. Turn right at the junction. Go past “Porth Wen”
house, then just before “Castell” farm bear right through the farm gates and
two sets of gateposts onto the coastal path. If you want to lengthen the walk
you could take a detour here along the cliff tops and down to the old
brickworks at “Porth Wen”.
Follow the coastal path around the eastern cliffs of “Porth Wen”. The path is
easy to follow and gives you a good view of the steep-sided inlets (in places
this path was also overgrown with gorse etc. and trousers would be advisable
to shorts). You will pass through a couple of kissing gates and then eventually
come to a way marker after “Ogof Pwll y Delysg”. It was along this stretch that
we photographed the porpoise from the cliff tops as it made its way down the
coast. The rock formation along this part of the cliff tops is also quite striking
and interesting. Bear right towards the “Bull Bay Hotel” (nice tree art in the
garden). As we arrived at the Pub on lunch time the beer garden was too
much of an attraction and it was an hour or so before we had quenched our
thirst and were on our way again.
Depart the pub and take the road back to Amlwch. After you have passed the Trecastell
Hotel on the right and the lay-by on the left take the coastal path again on the left. The
path meanders its way along the cliff tops as you head towards where steps have been
cut into the cliff to allow access to the sea. Take a detour down to the water or continue
along the path. Follow the path and eventually it heads inland,after a few hundred yards
the path joins a lane. Continue down the lane and ignore the coastal path to the left.
You will soon rejoin the road from Amlwch to Bull Bay. Turn left here and make your way
back to the starting point.
Once back at the comfortable guest house we were able to reflect upon a thoroughly
enjoyable circular walk which had taken us through some lovely countryside and back
along the cliff tops. A wide variety of wildlife was spotted along the way with the
highlights being the Choughs on the rocks by the sea and the Porpoise which kept us
company for 10 minutes on the way back to Bull Bay.