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the hairy legged hiker walking in WalesWhere is it?  The walk starts and finishes at Port Amlwch in Amlwch, Anglesey.
How long will it take ? : 4.5 miles. Approximately 2.5 hr
What's the attraction? : Beautiful coastline views, an old church at Llaneilian, and an historic harbour. And if you are very lucky you may see pods of Dolphins.
Essentials : Stout footwear. As always it is advisable to take an OS Map. But you can't really get lost on this short walk. Binoculars to spot those elusive dolphins.
Rating : It is an easy walk with a few ups and downs but nothing too difficult for a reasonably fit person. The ground is generally good but with a few boggy patches.
Car Parking : Car Park at Port Amlwch.
Facilities : Pubs with meals, and Chip Shop at end of walk in Port Amlwch. Toilets at the half way point near Point Lynas.


Directions :   [ Map of Amlwch to Point Lynas Walk location ]
From the A55 take the A5025 to Amlwch, follow the signs to Amlwch Port
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Lets Go !

Beautiful coastline of north east AngleseyExit the Car Park by the gate at the north east corner of the Car Park. There is an information board by the gate which explains the flora and fauna that you might expect to see on the route.

The directions for the first part of the walk are simple, follow the waymarked path, staying close to the coastline as far as the turning point of the walk, the bay at Porth Eilian. Porth Eilian or to be exact the Point Lynas Lighthouse is visible from all the highpoints along the trail.

There is a rather drab looking house at the start of the walk, plain grey pebbledash with render continuing up and over the slated roof (an expensive renovation job for somebody in the future). Carry on bearing right past the house and start the descent into a gully leading to a small cove, the first of  a few along the route. As is often the case what goes down has then to go up, and the walk continues along the grassy cliff side path crossing a number of small coves including Porthyrychen until the larger headland before Porth Eilian. There are grand views along the way of Point Lynas / Trwyn Eilian with its small lighthouse.  Point Lynas is well known as a good viewing point for dolphins but I did not see any on the day, nor did I see all the wildlife as indicated on the information board but I did see some beautiful wild flowers, a fulmar, oyster catchers and a pair of red beaked choughs. You will also see quite a few marker buoys for lobster pots along the coast. I was told by a fisherman from Amlwch that on a good day they might take 65 lobsters, but on a poor day they might only take 10 lobsters from 350 traps. The lobsters however then take the long journey to Spain as it seems there is a better market for them over there.

As I said earlier the directions are easy for this walk, just follow the wayLooking back along the trail from near Point Lynasmarkers. But as you get to the last field before the inlet at Porth Eilian Beach the directions are a bit unclear. The track itself disappears from view but bear left keeping to the coastline until the path becomes clear again after crossing the field. This is a good viewpoint, so it might be worth stopping for a break and looking out for those elusive dolphins.

Continuing the walk the trail leads round the headland , back inland through a small wooded area before ending on Porth Eilian Beach. It is a beautiful secluded little beach but surprisingly there are a number of houses, a road, and even a public convenience at the head of the small bay.

From here you have the choice of returning via the coastal path or taking the alternative route along the country lanes around the village of Llaneilian. They are pleasant country lanes in a rural setting so I will describe this return journey. Head up the hill, past the toilets, and follow the road bearing right. At the first road junction bear right again and continue on to the sharp left hand bend in the road. On the crown of the bend you will see the lovely old church of Llaneilian, noticeable for it's slated pyramidically shaped roof atop a white painted stone tower. There are interesting carvings within the church but sadly as with most country churches these days the church doors are locked except for service days.

Continuing the walk follow the road around the bend, following signs to Amlwch Port. Ignore any waymarkers as these will return you to the coastal path. The landscape is a mixture of green fields and, if you are lucky enough to walk in early summer, glorious meadow flowers with a spattering of houses along the way.

After approx. 1000 yards bear right at the road junction. Continue for another 1000 yards to Amlwch Port passing more houses and a few Welsh Chapels. Bear right at the harbour square and take the top lane to the car park. Or take the lower path to appreciate this splendid natural harbour. An information board demonstrates how impressive and just how busy this harbour was in bygone days.

And should you want to slake your thirst after your walk there are still a number of pubs by the harbour left over from those busy times.

Update

I have recently (September 2009) received an update about the church from the restoration manager.

St Elian Church is OPEN from 1st May to the 30th September daily from 10am to 4pm.  During other times a list of key holders is exhibited on the Porch Gate.

 
The church tower is not whitewashed but is rendered with an ochre pigment which came from the nearby Parys Mountain (noted for its copper mines).  The church under went a £200,000 restoration carried out in 2002 and the architect, Adam Voelcker recieved the King of Prussia Gold Medal for the work carried out on the Tower. 
The church is one of the most well preserved 12th century churches on the Isle of Anglesey and noted for its rood screen (dated 1495) bearing a painting of a skeleton, and wooden carvings, and Cyff Eilian which has associations with Ffynnon Eilian.

More about St Eilian Church >

Please -- click on the pictures -- for enlarged pictures of the walk from Amlwch to Point Lynas, North Wales, UK.

The coastline soon after leaving Porth Amlwch An early climb along the trail
The coastline near the start of the walk soon after leaving Porth Amlwch
 
One of the few short climbs along the trail
The trail soon levels out and has fantastic views   Coves along the route
The trail soon levels out offering fantastic views toward the Point Lynas lighthouse
 
Rocky headlands and small coves line the route
Small gully near Ffynnon Eilian Looking upstream toward Ffynnon Eilian or St Eilians Holy Well
Small gully near Ffynnon Eilian
 
Looking upstream toward Ffynnon Eilian or St Eilian's Holy Well
Looking back before a short climb   Another short climb
Looking back before a short climb
 
Another short climb
Chough Thrift
Choughs (members of the crow family) with red beak and red legs are to be found along the trail
 
Thrift and other wild flowers are to be found
Oystercatcher   Porthyrychen
Oystercatchers and other seabirds are to be seen near Point Lynas
 
Porthyrychen cove close to Point Lynas
Looking back from Porthyrychen Porth Eilian
Looking back from Porthyrychen toward Amlwch Port
 
Porth Eilian and its small beach close to the turning point of the walk
Wild flower meadow   Llaneilian Church
Wild flower meadow near Llaneilian Church on the return journey
 
We pass the weird and wonderful Llaneilian Church
Llaneilian village Presbyterian Chapel in Amlwch
Passing through Llaneilian village
 
Before coming to the nicely proportioned Peniel Welsh Presbyterian Chapel in Amlwch
Redundant Chapel   Amlwch harbour
Carmel Chapel Amlwch, built in 1826 but now unfortunately in need of some tlc
 
Boats in Amlwch harbour, shame the tide was out
Watch House, Porth Amlwch Amlwch Port tall ships
An interesting end to the walk at the old Watch House and harbour at Porth Amlwch
 
Graphic representation of Amlwch Port in bygone days. This picture © Menter Mon

© All pictures copyright Bernard Wellings

 

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