I just went for an awesome trail run around the forest today. I followed good footpaths for ages and hadn’t a clue where I was until I hit the Lon Las Cefni that I’d biked before and then onto the Anglesey Coastal Path. It’s a great place to spend a few hours, and get somewhat lost, as you’ll eventually find your way back. We followed this off with some real espresso in the dunes!
It’s marvellous to see an area that’s used by everyone from walkers to equestrian, to dog walkers (even if they leave some ‘eggs’), runners and cyclists as you often see tyre, boot and hoof prints along the same tracks. It can be awkward to find, but there are some signs now for Llanddwyn Beach on the A4080 from Niwbwrch. Make sure you’ve got £3 in change ready for the toll as well, not a bad price to pay. Alternatively, park at the free car parks on the A4080 at SH411 671 if you’re happy to walk a bit further and a bit of a skinflint ;-).
Difficulties Navigation in forestry.
Start/ End Llanddwyn Carpark (SH405 635)
Facilities WC, Parking (Shop and pub in Village)
Public Transport Buses to Niwbwrch and Malltraeth.
Mountain Bike: This forest cannot be beaten as the first place to take your mountain bike. Easy fire roads and being mostly flat, with some downhill stretches, means that this should be within the capabilities of most. If you can remain upright on your bike, then it’s ideal. One route starts off at the car park near Malltraeth and follows lon las cefni as far as the tarmac toll road to the Llanddwyn beach car park. It’s only around 10k, but you can easily shorten this, or add extra loops to up the distance to over 16km if you want a bit more challenge.
Be warned though, that while cycling is permitted in the forest, there are no waymarked trails other than the Lon Las Cefni section, no bridleways and a lot of walkers and dogs. So take care. Go on an autumn evening for a wonderful introduction to night trail riding!
Walking and Running: There are three easy waymarked routes that start from the carpark, with 2.8km being the hardest of these. If you really want a challenge then start off from the car park and return via the entire coastal path in a few weeks. Or more reasonably, walk the short stretch of coastal path (here) and spend some time on the beach. Ynys Llanddwyn (link here) shouldn’t be missed either.
You could alternatively run along the beach, great once you find the firm sand, but a killer in soft sand. Well worth running to Abermenai which is opposite Fort Belan if you’ve got the time (about 9 or 10km).