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the hairy legged hiker walking in WalesWhere is it?  Close to the village of Aberffraw, Anglesey
How long will it take ? : Approximately 2 to 3 hr
What's the attraction? : Great coastal views, a beach full of sea life thats great for rock-pooling and an ancient church set on an island
Essentials : Stout footwear. Appropriate clothing. OS map and compass
Rating : Easy, suitable for all the family
Car Parking : Car parking bays on the outskirts of Aberffraw Free when we visited in 2008
Facilities : Refreshments and toilets available at Llys Llywelyn in Aberffraw. The pub in the village square, Y Goron, was closed down by the "new reformationists" when we visited.


Directions :   [ Map of Aberffraw to St Cwyfan's Church Walk location ]
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Lets Go !

The walk starts on the edge of the village of Aberffraw, on the west coast of Anglesey.

Aberffraw and the estuary of the Afon FfrawExit the car park and cross the Afon Ffraw via the old hump backed bridge. Bear left along the northern bank of the river. The map above shows the official track that wends its way between the houses at one point, but at most times it is possible to walk toward the headland along the river bank.

Before reaching the point, or headland, the track leaves the riverside and veers right up a slight incline and crosses the headland on its way toward Braich-lwyd. There are two small beaches to cross soon after crossing the first headland and I must admit that I made a wrong turn off the second beach. Instead of continuing round the coast, as shown on the map above, I followed a waymarker that took me inland missing some of the best views!

So ignore the first waymarker and carry on along the beach as shown on the map. The path, part of the Anglesey Coastal Path, takes you past Braich-lwyd to Porth Cwyfan with the old church of St Cwyfan standing on the walled island of Cribinau. (Porth Cwyfan is a fantastic beach for rock-pooling).
Our trail takes us across the bay to the causeway that leads to the church but be aware that the sea can cover the causeway at high tide. There are few services held on the island and special arrangements have to be made to enter the church on a passing visit. But the island is well worth visiting and the church bench is a perfect place for a break and some quiet contemplation.

On leaving the island the trail back-tracks across Porth Cwyfan sands then follows the country lanes back to Aberffraw. There are several alternative routes that will return to Aberffraw but I have included the lanes that are bordered with bramble bushes ensuring a plentiful supply of blackberries on an autumn walk.

Please -- click on the pictures -- for enlarged pictures of the walk near Aberffraw, Wales, UK.

Aberffraw Bridge Afon or River Ffraw at Aberffraw
The walk starts close to the old hump-back bridge in Aberffraw. The bridge across the River Ffraw was built in 1731 by Sir Arthur Owen of Bodawen.
 
The walk continues alongside the estuary of the Afon Ffraw at Aberffraw
And cuts across the headland toward Braich-lwyd   Braich-lwyd
And cuts across the headland toward Braich-lwyd
 
Looking toward Braich-lwyd
A seaweed strewn Beach Church in the Sea
We cross a pair of seaweed strewn sandy beaches
 
And reach the "Church in the Sea", Llangwyfan Church at Porth Cwyfan
Llangwyfan Church   Beds of Seaweed at Porth Cwyfan Bay
A visit to the island to see Llangwyfan Church
 
Beds of seaweed at Porth Cwyfan Bay
Rock pools at Porth-Cwyfan Lichen on rocks at Porth Cwyfan near Aberffraw
Interesting rock pools at Porth-Cwyfan
 
Lichen on rocks at Porth Cwyfan near Aberffraw. There is  a beautiful golden lichen and green tufty moss lichen side by side
Shetland ponies on Anglesey   Anglesey Bull
Leaving the beach we find friends along the country lanes including this boisterous pair of shetland ponies.
 
But we didn't enter the field to test just how friendly this good looking bull was
Hedgerow Flowers Cottages on the riverside at Aberffraw
Flowers found in the hedgerows, but I am afraid I don't know their names
 

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