Aberlleiniog Castle Walk, Anglesey
Aberlleiniog Castle makes a wonderfully atmospheric focal point for this circular walk. The walk starts by following the Wales Coast Path along the shores of the Menai Straits, with stunning views of the straits and the mountains of Snowdonia, before turning inland to discover the little-known castle of Aberlleiniog.
The castle is free of charge and is a great place to spark the imagination of children and adults alike with historical tales. If you are a keen walker you should certainly make Aberlleiniog Castle one of your places to visit.
A brief history of Aberlleiniog Castle
Aberlleiniog Castle (Castell Aberlleiniog) is a small, especially when compared to the nearby castles at Beaumaris and Caernarfon. It was built 200 years before Beaumaris Castle, in around 1088, by the henchman of William the Conqueror in order to subdue the Welsh. The traditional Motte and Baily, one of the first of its kind in Wales, was built on a strategic hilltop location overlooking the Menai Straits.
A timber fort would have originally stood on top of the Motte, but this was attacked, burnt and destroyed in 1094 by the Prince of Gwynedd, Gruffydd ap Cynan. Sometime later, maybe during the Civil War of 1642-1651, the stone structure that still remains today was built on top of the Motte.
The castle is colloquially known as ‘Lady Cheadle’s Fort’. Thomas Cheadle, who took over the castle around 1646 had an affair with the Lady Anne Bulkeley the wife of his employer. The Bulkeley family were one of the most powerful families of North Wales at the time. When her husband, Sir Richard Bulkeley mysteriously died, Lady Anne and Thomas Cheadle were tried for his murder, but they were acquitted and went on to marry!
Distance: Approx. 4½ miles
Time: Around 2-3 Hours
Difficulty: Moderate (seashore is stony underfoot)
Postcode for Sat Nav: LL58 8RB (approx.)
Grid Ref: SH 610 774
Ordnance Survey Map: OS Explorer OL 263 Anglesey East
Lay-by on the B5109 about 1 mile north of Beaumaris. Once parked, take care crossing the road and take the path through the undergrowth to the beach.
1. From the lay-by cross the road towards the sea, turn LEFT and walk along the beach following the Wales Coast Path.
2. At high tide you may need to get your feet wet like we did!
3. At the river, leave the Wales Coast Path and turn LEFT following the footpath inland along the Afon Lleiniog. Turn LEFT at the road.
4. After 30m walking along the road, turn RIGHT following the footpath through the woods. It's signposted for the Aberlleiniog Castle.
5. Turn RIGHT over the wooden bridge, following the signs to Aberlleiniog Castle.
6. Turn RIGHT following the signs to the castle, on your return turn RIGHT continuing along the path.
7. Turn LEFT when you reach the track. Follow the track downhill for about 100m turn RIGHT along the track to the side of the property, Glan y Llyn.
8. Turn RIGHT following the path along the river behind the houses.
9. When you reach the road (B5109) turn LEFT, walk along the road for about 80m looking out for the public footpath on your RIGHT. Cross the road, go through a gate and follow the footpath through woodland.
10. Follow the footpath signs through Kingsbridge Caravan and Camping Park. Turn RIGHT between 2 static caravans, following the path across 2 fields over stiles to the road.
11. At the road turn RIGHT walking past St Catherine's Church on your left to Llanfaes.
12. Turn LEFT to Llanfaes.
13. At the road junction, turn LEFT and walk along the beach back to your camper - you have finished your walk so put the kettle on and enjoy a well deserved brew!
Please note. These directions are for guidance only, we can accept no responsibility for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use of this information. Always take a map with you and be prepared for the weather to turn. Do not venture out in bad weather and always take care with coastal tides.