Church Island

An ancient island church, with stunning views of the Menai Strait and its two iconic bridges.

Technical sheet

A Menai Bridge walk posted on 30/11/21 by Walks from the Door. Last update : 30/11/21
  • Walking
    Activity: Walking
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    Distance: 2.09 km
  • ◔
    Calculated time: 0h40 
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    Difficulty: Easy

  • ∞
    Return to departure point: Yes
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    Vertical gain: + 28 m
  • ↘
    Vertical drop: - 28 m

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    Highest point: 29 m
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    Lowest point: 0 m
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    District: Menai Bridge 
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    Start/End: N 53.22278° / W 4.166123°

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(S/E) From the front door of the pub, turn left and walk past Waitrose. Just beyond the Jade Village restaurant, turn left into the car park.

(1) At the rear left-hand corner, join a surfaced path beyond a gate that descends through the wooded Coed Cyrnol nature reserve. Ignore a path off to the left and descend to the water’s edge at the end of the causeway to Church Island. Cross the causeway and turn left past the cedar tree towards the church. The ascent to the war memorial is worth it for the views of the Menai Strait and its two iconic bridges. Follow the path to the church door and turn right to return to the causeway via the western side of the island.

(2) Back on dry land, turn right along the Belgian Promenade, towards the Menai Bridge. Pass the former paddling pool, now a seating area with an information board about the Promenade. When you approach the house at Carreg yr Halen, take the left fork and follow the path up to the road.

(3) For a shorter walk, turn left and walk directly back up the hill to the Anglesey Arms.
For the full walk, turn right along the road. Beyond a driveway entrance on the right, turn right through a gap in the wall into the woods, passing the Gorsedd Stone Circle constructed for the Anglesey Eisteddfod of 1965. Follow the path through the trees to return to the road via another gap in the wall (ignore the path on the right by “Circumnavigation”, a sculpture by Peter Randall-Page). Turn right and follow the road under the Menai Bridge. At the junction with Ffordd Cambria, turn sharp left and follow the narrow one-way street up to a junction. Turn left past the no-entry signs and climb to emerge at the roundabout on the A5; cross at the end of the bridge and turn right to return to the Anglesey Arms.(S/E)


  1. S/E : km 0 - alt. 28 m - The Anglesey Arms
  2. 1 : km 0.21 - alt. 23 m - Coed Cyrnol car park
  3. 2 : km 0.92 - alt. 7 m - Belgian Promenade
  4. 3 : km 1.25 - alt. 12 m - Beach Road
  5. S/E : km 2.09 - alt. 28 m - The Anglesey Arms

Useful Information

One short descent and ascent, on well-surfaced paths and roads throughout. Can be shortened slightly for an early return.

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