Our favourite walks
Are you looking for great dog walks on Anglesey or further afield in North Wales? The Anglesey Coastal Path and the wilds of Snowdonia offer lots of choice and some of our favourite places are described below with free downloadable guides. The walks are graded green, amber or red according depending on the level of challenge they present - click on the map below or scroll down the page to see more. We will be adding more walks as soon as we can, so make sure you check back to see what's new.
A pleasant stroll from the pretty maritime village of Moelfre. The walk passes a number of historic points of interest and view points towards Point Lynas and Benllech, and is a perfect follow-up to lunch at one of Moelfre’s cafés. The walk starts out on easy tarmac paths but the path does soon get more rugged and can get a little muddy in places. There are some sections where the path runs along the cliff edge where your dog and any children will need to be kept under close control.
Llyn Crafnant: Amber
A lovely 8.3 mile circular walk through a mixture of woodland and open terrain above Capel Curig in Snowdonia. The walk visits a pretty lake nestled in the hills and in the autumn there are abundant bilberries, blackberries and mountain ash berries along the route. Poppy preferred blackberries to blueberries when she tested the route! The walk does pass through some areas where livestock are likely to be grazing and your dog will need to be able to climb over stiles, or be small enough to lift over.
cemaes bay: AMBER
A surprisingly hilly 6.5 mile circular walk on the rugged northern coast of Anglesey. The walk follows the coastal path to the east of Cemaes, passing the beautifully situated Eglwys Llanbadrig before continuing past a series of rocky bays and cliffs, an old porcelain works and a ruined brickworks. There are a number of steep steps on this walk, and kissing gates. You should also be aware that some sections of the path run close to the cliff edge and you will need to keep your dog safely on a lead at these points. This section of coast is wild and exposed - there are no cafés along the route!
Betws y Coed: Amber
A short but undulating forest walk close to the attractive village of Betws y Coed. If you’re feeling energetic there are alternative two longer walks waymarked from the same start point.
cwm idwal: amber (summer), potentially red in the winter!
An exhilarating 2.8 mile circular walk around a hidden mountain lake surrounded by rugged mountain landscapes with stunning views of Tryfan, the Glyderau and the Carneddau. In the summer, there are plenty of rocks among the heather that make beautiful picnic spots around the lake. In the winter you will be able to experience the wilder side of Snowdonia, when the lake sometimes freezes. An easy summer walk, or a more challenging walk in winter weather - good boots, an ordnance survey map (OL17) and compass are recommended all year round.
yr aran (747m): red
A challenging mountain ascent up one of Snowdonia's quieter peaks (and the one we're named after!). The walk starts on the easy gradients of the Rhyd Ddu Snowdon path and progresses to a steep and rocky ascent to the summit. There are spectacular views of Snowdon, Moel Hebog and as far as Cardigan Bay in one direction, Caernarfon and Holyhead Mountain in the other.
Belgian Promenade: Green
An easy 1.2 mile circular walk on well-surfaced paths and quiet streets around the attractive town of Menai Bridge (Porthaethwy). The route includes a section of the Anglesey Coastal path with great views of the Menai Straits, and the historic suspension bridge designed by Thomas Telford as part of the A5 route from Holyhead to London.
newborough beach: green
A flat but beautifully scenic walk on the panoramic Blue Flag beach at Newborough, with a chance to spot three different shipwrecks. Why not take a picnic and collect some shells? NB. There is no access to the Blue Flag beach for dogs between May 1st and September 30th but it is possible to walk through the forest instead.
River Braint: green
An easy circular walk along the edge of the Newborough Warren and the banks of the Afon Braint, with great views of the Menai Strait and Snowdonia. The river Braint, also known locally as Afon Rhuddgaer after the farm on the southern bank, flows across Anglesey from Pentraeth, past Llanfairpwll and into the sea close to Dwyran.
cefni marshes: green
A gentle walk along flat well-surfaced paths along the River Cefni towards Malltraeth. The start point for this walk is between Gaerwen and Llangefni, at the bottom of the hill running through Pentre Berw.
aberlleiniog castle: green
An easy 1.5 mile walk, just a few minutes drive from Beaumaris, through deciduous woods to see the ruined 11th-century motte and bailey castle. In the spring the gravel paths and boardwalks are surrounded with wild flowers. The start point is the village car park in Llangoed.
Rhosneigr and Maelog Lake: green
A varied 4 mile circular walk around a pretty lake and through farmland before crossing the sand dunes and onto the beach, starting and finishing in the popular seaside village of Rhosneigr. There is abundant bird-life on the lake, including swans, geese, ducks, coots and cormorants and the path passes through a field with horses and donkeys.
- Porth Swtan / Church Bay
- Rhoscolyn (on Holyhead Island)
- Llyn Padarn (close to Bangor and Caernarfon)
- Amlwch to Point Lynas