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Cycle Ride On Anglesey

Bodedern to Church Bay
and Porth Trwyn, Porth Crugmor & Howell Water Mill

Quiet lanes, lovely beaches on National Trust-owned coast and a historic water mill

Route: Bodedern - Llanfaethlu - Porth Trwyn - Porth Crugmor - Church Bay (Porth Swtan) - Church Hill - Llanfairynghornwy - Mynedd Mechell - Elim - Water Mill near Llanddeusant - Bodedern. (The first 3 and last 4 miles are the same as the Bodedern to Cemaes Ride. Please note that for about a 300 yard stretch the lane before the water mill has deteriorated into a fairly rough track) 

Photos of the Ride

Distance: 24 miles

Ascent: 350 metres. A fair number of typical Anglesey undulations where one can build up speed on a descent to help one at least part way up the following ascent. A long and fairly tough climb up Church Hill and a steep but short ascent into the village of Llanfairynghornwy.

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)


Sketch map of circular cycle ride from Bodedern to Church Bay, Anglesey


    The Ride

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

Turn Left at T junction (B5109)

Turn first Right signposted Llanfigael, Llanddeusant

Turn 1st Left just before a chapel

Turn 1st Right just after a bungalow

At T Junction Turn Left on to A5025 (Take care on this short stretch of main road)

Very shortly Turn 1st Right signposted Llanfwrog etc 

At T Junction in outskirts of Llanfaethlu Turn Left signposted Church Bay

After a right-angle bend after descent to coast Turn Left down short track marked Porth Trwyn to visit beach and then return to road and Turn Left

After Two Thirds of a mile Turn Left down track marked Porth Crugmor to visit beach and then return to road and Turn Left

After half a mile Turn Left to visit Church Bay (Porth Swtan - NB the thatched cottage folk museum, Swtan, can be reached via the Church Bay car park) and then return

Turn Left and ascend to Church

At Church Turn Right

Turn sharply 1st Left

Keep Right at fork

After passing Church Hill summit on your Right descend steeply and Turn Right at T Junction

Continue to village of Llanfairynghornwy and Turn 2nd Left just after church signposted Coastal Road

On reaching A5025 go straight across

Turn 1st Right at sign for Kay's Nursery

Turn Right at T Junction

Turn 1st Right near former chapel

After one and three quarter miles Turn Left (this unsignposted turn can easily be overlooked - it is just after a former chapel and just before the village sign  'Llanddeusant')

On entering hamlet of Elim Turn Right opposite church ('Single Track Road')

After just over one third of a mile visit water mill on your left and then continue

Turn Left at T Junction

Turn Right at T Junction signposted Trefor

Turn Left signposted Bodedern and go past Llyn Llywenan

Turn Right at T junction (B5109)

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

Points of Interest

Most of the heritage coast near the following beaches belongs to the National Trust. In spring the gorse of this whole area is a brilliant yellow.

Porth Trwyn has an extensive sandy beach

Porth Crugmor is a quiet, attractive creek

Church Bay (Porth Swtan) has a long sandy beach backed by steep headlands and is popular in the holiday season. There is a good cafe and a well-known seafood restaurant (The Lobster Pot).

Swtan Thatched Cottage was built as an 18th century crofting longhouse. It is the last remaining thatched cottage on the island. It is open on certain days as a folk museum and has been updated for 2006. It belongs to the National Trust but is leased by the Friends of Swtan. It is reached from Church Bay car park. Click here to visit website.

Church Hill (Mynedd-y-Garn) at 570 feet is the highest point in this area of Anglesey. The summit has panoramic views and can be reached by walking a 500 yard footpath that starts shortly after passing a house on the Right.

Howell Water Mill near Llanddeusant is in a pretty dell. From Easter it is open free of charge and has a certain amount of its original equipment.

Photos of the Ride

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