Porth Swtan to Ynys y Fydlyn Coastal Walk

The day started with light rain so we didn’t get out and about until after lunch so needed something fairly quick and easy. A short circular walk was needed so we consulted our ‘go too’ coastal walk book (Coastal Walks around Anglesey by Carl Rogers) and headed to the North West corner of the island, Porth Swtan (Church Bay).

towards mynachdy anglesey

We parked up at Porth Swtan (Church Bay) and headed north, inland a little, across the moors and climbing slightly until reaching the national trust land at Mynachdy. At this point we headed westward along the edge of the forest until coming out at a beautiful little cove at Ynys y Fydlyn, an ‘island’ that is cut off at high tide. The coast line here is weathered and eroded and has produced arches and sea caves which we explored a little as well as watching the Kittiwakes on their nests.

ynys y fydlyn and the skerries

Heading south, back along the coast we ended end the 5 mile walk in glorious sunshine, I was starting to wish I’d worn shorts as the weather had changed that much from morning. All down the cliff edge there were all types of  small brown butterfly’s but we’re not that good at brown butterfly ID especially close to a cliff edge. We also saw 3 Choughs on the fields heading back to the car park, the terrain is almost identical to South Stack although we didn’t know they were in the area, hopefully this is a sign of increasing numbers.

toward porth swtan

After gingerly sidestepping a few cows, one with a tiny calf maybe only a day or two old we ended the walk at the Wavecrest Café which was unfortunately closed as I could have done with a cooling drink, iced cream, cake or all three so we headed back to the cottage, another beautiful part of Anglesey discovered.

After dinner we made the most of the beautiful weather and went for another walk through Newborough forest, this time starting at the north (where the car park is free). We probably spend a little to long meandering along the forest tracks, some that we’d run along a couple of days earlier and as the sun dropped so did the temperature so we headed back to the car, a lovely and peaceful way to end the day.

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