This section of the Anglesey Coastal Path from Cemaes
to Amlwch Port is one of the most stunning sections of the coastal path
in a compact length. Leaving Cemaes the path immediately joins the rocky
cliff-tops and takes you on a dizzying journey past Llanbadrig church,
Porth Llanlleiana and Porth Cynfor to arrive at the spectacular bay of
Porthwen. Low rocky cliffs follow to lead you into Amlwch Port.
This section of the Anglesey Coastal Path starts from
Traeth Mawr, the main beach in Cemaes Bay. Leaving the beach the path
ascends a steep set of steps and follows the
cliff path around Trwyn y Parc headland to Porth Padrig, Saint
Patrick’s Bay, where you can either cross the beach and walk around
Llanbadrig Point, or take a path up a lane to Llanbadrig Church.
Should you have the time it is worth visiting the old church, believed
to have been established in the 5th Century AD by a shipwrecked St
Patrick. A stone stands within the nave of the church, the Ichthus
Stone, with inscriptions that are probably representative of the 9th to
the 11th Century, but the stone itself is believed to be a standing
stone some 4500 years old.
Continuing the walk, take the path that skirts the church yard, or climb
the stone stile from the graveyard, and follow the wall and then the
fenceline on your right past Ogof Gynfor heading toward Porth
The ruined stone buildings at Porth Llanlleiana come into view, they
consist of a roofless stone built structure and a large stone built
chimney nearby (the works produced porcelain from deposits of china clay
found on Llanlleiana Head)
On the headland above are the remains of the Dinas Gynfor Iron Age settlement.
From Porth Llanlleiana you have the option of taking a steeper path up to Dinas
Gynfor or an easier option around the back of the headland. For the easier option
bear right in front of the old building, through a gateway and follow a track around the back of the headland to Porth Cynfor.
For the steeper option carry straight on between the end of the building and the
circular walls, zig-zagging up the steep slope. At the top of the hill head in the
direction of the watchtower. Walk past the watch-tower, bear left at a split in the
paths, following the ridgeline of the headland. Curve right around the headland, to
head away from the sea. Where the gentle option path meets you, turn left and
descend to Porth Cynfor.
Continue the walk passing over the headland of Torllwyn until Porthwen
comes into view. There is the option here to turn left to ascend onto
Porthwen headland to admire the view.
Follow the coastline East away from Porthwen to the wide sweep of Bull
Bay. Follow the A5025 for a short way to a lay-by opposite the Bull Bay
Golf Club and turn left along an enclosed path, and continue along the
coastline as far as Pwll y Merchedd before diverting inland for a short
You will arrive at Amlwch Port. Refreshments are available alongside the quay, past the watchtower, at the Heritage Centre café.
Review Anglesey Coastal Path - Cemaes to Amlwch Port.