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Rhosneigr (Anglesey): Circular Cycle Ride to

Cable Bay and Rhosneigr from Gwalchmai

Easy 18 mile ride mostly on remote lanes and without any climbs. There are some fine, open views of the coast and, on clear days, of the distant hills. Though there is a section on the A4080, this is usually far less busy than most A roads or even many B roads. Some of it could be avoided, but at the expense of missing some of the best views. At one point there is an optional off-road shortcut. The ride can also be started from the car park at Cable Bay.

Photos of the ride

Route: Gwalchmai - Cable Bay - Rhosneigr - Llanfaelog - Capel Gwyn - Engedi - Gwalchmai (an optional off-road short-cut after Rhosneigr is included)

Distance: 18 miles (17 miles with optional off-road shortcut)

Ascent: 200 metres. This part of Anglesey has no hills and while there are the usual moderate undulations there are no climbs

Start: Either of the 2 laybys on almost opposite sides of the A5 just south of Gwalchmai (Grid Ref: 398762 OS map 114 Anglesey 1:50000). The ride could also be started from the car park at Cable Bay (Porth Trecastell) Grid Ref: 333714. Follow the directions below from Cable Bay but at the final crossroads at Gwalchmai turn Right instead of Left.

Sketch map of circular cycle ride to Cable Bay and Rhosneigr, Anglesey

The Ride

Go along lane situated between the two laybys on Western side of A5

After 2 miles keep straight ahead at cross roads: signposted Aberffraw 3 and eventually pass St Mary's Chapel of Ease on the left.

Turn next Right just after white cottage on Left: theoretically signposted Bryn Du but arm has been moved

Keep Right one third mile later i.e. don't go over railway

Turn Left over level crossing at Ty Groes station

{But if you really want to miss out nearly 2 miles of the A4080 (but also miss some of the best views) carry straight on through Bryn Du, Turn Left at the A4080 and then in less than half a mile Turn Right at large island signposted Rhosneigr to rejoin main route going past Maelog Lake Hotel}

Turn Right (after 2 miles) at A4080. Pause at car park to admire Cable Bay (Porth Trecastell)

Turn Left at large island signposted Rhosneigr

Turn second Left after passing Maelog Lake Hotel into Chelford Close

After 100m Turn Left and immediate Right into Ger-y-Mor

After passing Glan Neigr pub (good food!) Keep Straight Ahead along unmade track and passageway

Turn Left at road to go 300m along road and sea front to visit beach

Retrace steps and carry on along road

Turn Left at stop sign near clock memorial and go 200m to visit another beach

Retrace steps to clock and Turn Left

Continue through town and past golf course

{Optional cross-country short-cut: first and last sections are tarred but centre part is a rough track  that can be muddy during or after wet weather. Turn Left after passing under railway and go down lane marked 'Unsuitable for Wide Vehicles'. When the short-cut ends at a crossroads Go Straight Ahead  into lane opposite to rejoin main route}

Turn Left at T junction facing church

Turn 1st Left signposted Bryngwran 2

Turn 2nd Right at crossroads where shortcut rejoins main route

Keep Left after a quarter of a mile

Turn Left at T junction

Turn Right at T junction

Turn Left by white house with post box (at Capel Gwyn). At one point lane has grass growing in middle

Turn Right at T junction

Straight across A4080 at crossroads at Engedi

After 1/10  mile Turn Left

After 1 miles Keep Left and continue over A55 expressway

Keep Right after ruined windmill

Turn Left at crossroads and return to layby

Points of Interest

St Mary's Chapel of Ease This lonely Grade One listed building, part of which dates back to the 12th century, stands isolated on the edge of a rural lane, and there are expansive views in all directions including Snowdonia. The chapel became redundant a few years ago but is still used for occasional services in the summer.

Cable Bay (Porth Trecastell) is so called because the underwater Atlantic telegraph came ashore here. It is a small, sheltered and sandy cove and in summer is popular with swimmers, surfers and canoeists. Some daring spirits jump from the steep rocky sides. Although the bay is by the side of the road one has in fact to enter the car park to see it. A very short stroll along the northern headland takes you to one of Anglesey's most important prehistoric sites, the Barcoliad-y-Gawres burial chamber. There are striking views in all directions from the top of the mound. Unfortunately a locked gate prevents one from visiting its underground passageways and chambers.

Rhosneigr has two scenic beaches and is popular with aqua-sport enthusiasts. On clear days the hills of Snowdonia and the Lleyn peninsula make an impressive skyline. There are nearer views of Holy Island and Holyhead mountain. Town beach has many distinctive rocky reefs and islets.

Anglesey Yurt Holidays offer comfortable Yurt style camping holidays at Dothan not far from the start of this ride.

Photos of the Ride

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