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Cycling in Anglesey

Cycle Ride from

Bodedern to Cemaes Bay 

This  ride is on traffic free lanes that often afford extended views of a part of the island that is scenic and also  undeveloped apart from the occasional sleepy hamlet. It visits an 18th century working windmill, one of the most important bird reserves in Wales and the quaint, little port of Cemaes. There are splendid views of Llyn (Lake) Alaw, Anglesey's largest lake, and we pass by the shore of another large and attractive lake, Llyn Llywenan.

Route:  Bodedern - Llynon Mill - Llanfairynghornwy - Cemlyn - Cemaes - Llanfechell - Carreglefn - Llyn Alaw - Llyn Lywenan - Bodedern

Distance: 27 miles 

Ascent: 300m. While parts of the ride are relatively level there are a fair number of undulations. There are no long climbs or specially difficult gradients.

Start: free car park at the school on the left soon after entering the outskirts of Bodedern from the A55 Grid Ref: 331801 (OS map 50,000 Anglesey No 114)

Photos showing views and places visited on the ride

Sketch map of circular cycle ride from Bodedern to Cemaes, Anglesey

    The Ride

Turn Left out of car park and go along the narrow road through Bodedern

0.3 miles    Turn Left at T junction (B5109)

0.6 miles    Turn first Right signposted Llanfigael, Llanddeusant

3.9 miles    Turn Left at crossroads signposted Llanfaethlu, Llanrhyddlad and go past mill

4.5 miles    Turn Right at T junction signposted Llanfaethlu, Llanrhyddlad

6.1 miles    Turn Right at T junction (A5025) and then immediate Left signposted Porth Swtan, Church Bay

7.1 miles    Turn Right signposted Llanfairynghornwy

8.4 miles    Soon after Church on right Turn Right signposted Cemlyn

10.5 miles   On reaching a lagoon Turn Left into a no through road to visit Cemlyn nature reserve (just over a

                        third of a mile) and on return

                   Turn Left to continue alongside lagoon

11.7 miles   Turn Left at junction on a bend

13.2 miles    Turn Left on to A5025 opposite the Douglas inn, Tregele

14.2 miles    Turn Left at roundabout to enter Cemaes. Turn Left at the Stag inn and shortly Right to visit

                        harbour. Leaving harbour Turn Right for a few yards to visit another part of cove and then

                        return to the Stag, go Left and shortly Left again to visit beach and promenade. Finally return

                       through the centre of Cemaes to the roundabout.

15.4 miles    At roundabout go Straight Across signposted Llanfechell

16.1 miles    Turn Left signposted Llanfechell and on reaching the village continue straight through

18.5 miles    Turn Sharp Right signposted Carreglefn (having ignored an earlier right turn for Carreglefn)

21.7 miles    Turn Left at sign if you wish to visit Llyn Alaw visitor centre (a few yards) and the lake

23.3 miles    Turn Right at T junction signposted Llanddeusant and Llanfaethlu

23.6 miles    Turn Left at T junction signposted Trefor A5

25.5 miles    Turn Left signposted Bodedern and go past Llyn Llywenan

26.4 miles    Turn Right at T junction (B5109)

27.2 miles    Turn Left just after Church (on right) in Bodedern to return to car park

    Places of interest

Llynnon Mill: This beautiful mill was built in 1775-6 and is the only working windmill left in Wales. Although in the past Anglesey used to be known as the granary of Wales and possessed 30 windmills, the prominent ruins or conversions of some of which can still be seen in places (we pass one near Cemaes), today there is not a single field of grain to be found on the island. 

Cemlyn is an important bird reserve. In the breeding season the hundreds of terns nesting on the shingle make an impressive sight.

Cemaes is quiet and unspoilt little port in an attractive cove, the eastern headland of which belongs to the National Trust. Both the harbour and the two sea fronts are worth a visit. Not far away, but fortunately out of sight from the village, is Wylfa nuclear power station, which our route passes.

Llyn Alaw, Anglesey's largest lake, is approached in this ride from somewhat higher ground and is therefore seen to advantage. The small visitor centre, which is a very short walk from the banks of the lake, is only 30 or so yards off the main route.

Llyn Llywenan is another large lake in lovely surroundings that is passed near the end of the ride.

Photos showing views and places visited on the ride

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