The rocky peninsula of Llanddwyn Island juts out into the sea, dividing Malltraeth Bay from Llanddwyn Bay. The island has a striking presence in the landscape, but it also has an intriguing history. The legend of Dwynwen, the Welsh patron saint of lovers originates here. There are good footpaths running around the island; be sure to visit the remains of St Dwynwen’s Church and the old boat pilot’s cottages. There is also a lighthouse and various structures, such as a tower and cross. Do bear in mind that access to the island is cut off for a short time at high tide.
The views across to the mainland are truly stunning, especially when the higher mountains of Snowdonia are clear of cloud. The distinctive profile of Yr Eifl at the top of the Lleyn Peninsula also stands out.
Immediately inland from the island is the vast Newborough Forest. The forest was originally planted with the intention of stabilising a large area of sand dunes. The coastal footpath enters from the northern end of the woodland and does a circuit, sweeping around close to the beach front. There is of course, an extensive network of tracks running through the forest.
A stroll along the beach, either to or from the island, makes for a lovely contrast with the forest trails and the island footpaths.
There is a large car park close to the beach – forest trails or a beach walk lead along to the island. Access to the car park is via a toll road which runs through the forest.
Mostly good tracks and footpaths or sand on the beach.