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Cycling in Anglesey

Cycle Ride - from Moelfre, 

Route: Moelfre – Traeth Lligwy (300 m. off-road section, part of which is sandy and has to be walked) – City Dulas – Pengorffwysfa – Point Lynas – Amlwch – Parys Mountain – Capel Parc – Mynydd Bodafon – Moelfre  (Photos of the Ride)

Distance: 30 miles    Ascent: 320m Hilly in places

Start: Either Moelfre free car park (Grid Ref. 512863) – enter Moelfre on A5108, Left at bus stop and immediate Left again OR Moelfre sea front car park (Grid Ref: 512864)

Sketch map of a circular cycle ride from Moelfre

The Ride

Leave Moelfre by A5109

 At small roundabout turn Right into lane sign posted Din Lligwy (Din Lligwy is a remarkable iron age village the short footpath to which you will pass after about 1/4 mile)

At crossroads go straight ahead to reach beach car park in a quarter of a mile

Cross car park to small sign saying ‘Keep clear for boats’

Follow grass and sandy track parallel to beach, over a footbridge to 2nd car park

Leave car park by lane opposite

Turn Right at main road opposite a chapel

Shortly after a crossroads Turn Right at top of hill into lane sign posted ‘Llyn Dulas 2’

Turn Right at T junction sign posted Llaneilian

Follow Llaneilian sign ignoring cul-de-sac on right

After 2½ miles ignore lane on left and continue ahead to village of Pengorffwysfa

Turn Right at village crossroads into lane sign posted Porth Llaneilian

Turn Right at T junction following sign for Porth Llaneilian

At Porth Llaneilian follow lane to lighthouse at Point Lynas

Retrace route back to Porth Llaneilian and T junction

Turn Right at T junction passing attractive church

Keep Right at fork following sign to Amlwch

Go to centre of village and Turn Right at Liverpool Arms, immediate Right again and then Left to go down to harbour and heritage centre

Retrace steps to Liverpool Arms and Turn Right

Turn Left before railway crossing and follow road out of Amlwch to small roundabout

Straight across roundabout on to B5111 sign posted Llanerchymedd

Keep on B road for 1¾ miles passing Parys Mountain on the left

After cresting hill and passing prominent copper mine wheel turn Left at unsignposted lane

Turn Right at crossroads

Straight across crossroads at the hamlet of Parc (Capel Parc on OS map)

Turn Left into narrow lane 1/3 mile after Parc crossroads

Turn Left after just over ½ mile and ascend Mynydd Bodafon, pausing at mountain tarn to catch breath and admire the scenery.

On descent ignore lane on right and continue to main road at Brynrefail

Turn Right at A5025

Turn Left after 4/10 mile, sign posted Moelfre and return to start

Points of Interest

Moelfre seafront is an attractive cove with a Cornish feel. If time allows it is worth taking a short cliff top stroll to the lifeboat station.

Din Lligwy is the remains of an iron age village dating back to the Roman period. Unlike most hut circle sites of this period or later you can see the stone foundations and walls of the buildings. Well worth the short walk, during which you pass near the beautiful remains of an early Christian chapel.

Traeth Lligwy is a splendid sandy beach, which makes the short off-road section here worthwhile even though part of it has to be walked. The off-road section (but also beach) can be avoided by staying on the A5025 till the Llyn Dulas turning.

Mynydd Llaneilian: The lane to Pengorffwysfa climbs with mostly moderate ascents the shoulder of this hill and has fine views of the countryside and coast.

Porth Llaneilian is another beautiful cove though recently much of the sand has become covered with shingle.

Point Lynas is at the end of a delightful, short peninsula and is the north eastern tip of the island. It commands wide-ranging views. The castellated lighthouse has character and it is worth taking a brief stroll round it.

Amlwch: The harbour is a long narrow creek. At the seaward end is a small but interesting heritage centre illustrating Amlwch’s extraordinary history as the former copper exporting capital of the world.

Parys Mountain is where the copper was mined in the 18th and early 19th centuries. The start of a fascinating heritage trail is on the left on the B5111, just over a mile after the small roundabout outside Amlwch. The off-road trail is about a mile in length and has a steep climb in the second half. Information leaflets are available to explain the various viewing points where one looks in wonder at the moonscape chasms created by the quest for copper. In late summer the mineral rich soil makes the heather bloom prolifically.

Mynydd Bodafon is ascended by a longish climb with a short but fiercely steep S bend near the summit. One is rewarded with a delightful mountain tarn – a charming spot unlike any other on Anglesey. The descent to Moelfre has fabulous views.

Photos of the ride

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