Whether you’re looking for a great seascape photography location or a just simply a great coastal walk then the area are Rhoscolyn is a fantastic choice. I’ve decided to write this little location guide as it’s not the easiest place to find and there’s not a great deal of information out there on the web.
Rhoscolyn lies just south of Trearddur Bay on Holy Island, Anglesey. Follow the A55 through Anglesey until you reach the turn off for Valley, turn on to the B4545 towards Trearddur Bay, just after crossing the four mile bridge turn left and head for Rhoscolyn. Head for St Gwenfaen’s Church, postcode LL65 2SQ. There is roadside parking next to the Church(probably not so much on a Sunday morning!), it’s from here that we start the shortish walk down to the coastal path.
On foot head to the right of the Church along the track, following the small path sign’s. Along the track the path turns off into a field and leads along hedgerows, if you reach the farm then you’ve gone too far and missed the sign into the field. The farmer is a very nice and friendly man but I’m sure he gets tired of people walking through the farm, I’ve done it myself and he was very helpful in pointing me in the right direction.
Once you’re on the right path through the field, follow it down all the way to the coastal path, it’s not far.
When you reach the coastal path if you head slightly to the left you can make your way down a small path to the cove below where the sea stack stands. The cove is split in two by rocks, to the right is the larger section of stoney beach and to the left is the sea stack, these two parts are cut off as the tide gets high so be aware!
Getting down on section with the sea stack can be a bit tricky so be very careful if you decide to go down there, it’s worth the effort once you’re down!
The cove is west facing so it’s best to get down there towards sunset, and even better if the tide is in or on it’s way in!
If you head to the right on the coastal path you will come to Bwa Gwyn(white arch), a natural arch in the white quartzite rock with stunning views along the coast. Access down to the base of the arch is limited and quite dangerous so I wouldn’t recommend heading down there, but the view from the top is superb!
It’s a fantastic area for coastal photography or just for a coastal walk. Bear in mind that that the weather on the Anglesey coast can be quite changeable, so be careful, especially when walk near cliff edges!