A short walk that takes you through the Beaumaris countryside and then finishes with breahtaking views of Beaumaris Castle and the Menai Straits. This walk is fantastic to recharge the batteries at the end of the day. Be sure to take a seat on the brow of the final hill and soak up the views of the Snowdonia Mountain Range, Llandudno, Puffin Island and Beaumaris Castle.
Level and Advice
Fast walk 30 minutes, leisure walk 1 hour. Walking boots or wellies are recommended, especially for the stretch across the farmer’s cow field. Dogs can be let off the lead at points, but be aware of the road and the cattle in the farmer’s field.
Set out from Rating Row, left out of Hyfrydle’s front door and then up the slight incline. At the top of the hill turn right onto Church Street. Turn the next right onto Henllys Lane.
At around half a mile up Henllys Lane, approximately 8 minutes’ walk, you will see a gate and a style on the right. If you were to carry on up the road you would come across Henllys Golf Club (0.35miles), here you can admire the splendid views or sit on the terrace of the golf clubhouse with a cup of coffee and watch the golfers tee off.
If an amble back to the coast is more your thing; jump over the style and enter the farmer’s field. Follow the edge of the field to the other side. From this path you will be able to look across over towards the castle and the picturesque town below. At the other side, and a little to the right, you will find a wrought iron gate which will take you back onto the coast road.
Cross the coast road and take approximately 50 steps (left as you cross the road) you will then find a wooden gate on the right. Enter the field and enjoy a leisurely assent through a cow field, not to worry though they are very friendly and are used to visitors.
When you reach the top be sure to sit and take in your surroundings. In front you will be greeted by Beaumaris Castle, Beaumaris town and the beautiful pier, framed by a breath-taking view of the Menai Straits. If you look behind you you’ll see Llandudno’s Great Orme and then the smaller island is Puffin Island.
Here are a couple of pictures from the top. Featured is my three year old son enjoying a treat from Sugacane, the extremely popular town centre sweet shop. He decide that he wanted to explore this stunning location after a day crabbing off Beaumaris Pier.
After taking a moment to cleanse your mind, stride down the hill back towards the town. At the bottom there is a gate next to the old outside tidal swimming pool. Pass through the gate and either meander along the sea-wall back towards the pier and Beaumaris town, or, turn right and head back onto the coast road footpath.
To make this a circular route we will take you back onto the coast road and along the footpath.
The bowling green and Happy Valley Café can be seen on the right, a pot of tea and a delicious cake in the summer months will make this walk one to remember! On the left is the village green, where again during warmer times this plays host to many an event from brass band concerts to the infamous Beaumaris Food Festival.
Further up the road, on the right, you will encounter Beaumaris Castle in all its glory. This is a fortress of near-perfect symmetry and an unfinished masterpiece created by Edward I. Lack of money and trouble brewing in Scotland meant building work ceased by the 1320s – hence it’s rather squat design.
As you pass the castle doors, take the road on the right, this is Rating Row. Follow the road past the leisure centre on the right. To the left is the rather delightful and quaint Castle Garden Centre which is always worth a mooch to appreciate spectacular blooms. Then, further up Rating Row you will see Lady Queen of Martyrs Church on the right, follow the road round and you will come across Hyfrydle’s inviting navy blue door on the left.
End of Walk 1.5miles.