Menai Strait wildlife and woodland walk

Walking trail

Explore the walled woodland that is Glan Faenol. Catch a glimpse of a seal in the Menai Strait and see how many bird species you can identify from the hides and platforms.

Find a myriad of wildlife in the Menai Strait

Explore varied native woodland and ancient parkland with views of the house and gardens at Plas Newydd and the hills of Snowdonia.

Plas Newydd, Anglesey, with the Menai Strait and Snowdonia seen from beneath a large sycamore tree

Map

Map route for Menai Strait wildlife and woodland walk

Start:

Picnic area at Glan Faenol, grid ref: SH532698

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Head to the bottom of the picnic area and through the kissing gate, continue straight down the field (with dogs on leads) towards the Menai Strait.

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2

As you approach the edge of the field you'll see the Faenol Wall (a listed monument and an example of the wealth of the estate in its heyday). Climb the steps to the bird hide to peak over the wall and see what wildlife you can glimpse. Oystercatchers, cormorants and curlews are just a few of the birds commonly seen in the shallows, and you may even see a seal as it feeds in the Strait. After enjoying the view leave the hide and take the gate into the woodland.

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3

Depending on the season, as you follow the path through the trees enjoy the colourful show of spring flowers or some quite special autumn colours. See if you can spot an interesting traditional structure hidden in the woodland on the other side of the Strait (the raised bench is a good place to do this). The structure is in Plas Newydd Gardens and is a great place to explore after your walk. Leave the woodland through another small gate.

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4

You can now climb the viewing platform for another peak over the wall at the Marquess of Anglesey's historic home, Plas Newydd. Now turn your back on the Strait and walk up the field 50yd (45m) or so to a bridge and kissing gate on your right. Go through the gate and enter Boat House Wood.

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As you follow the path through the wood see what differences you can find between this and the previous wood. Which is your favourite and why are they different? Eventually you'll cross another bridge and then come to a track. You can cut the walk short here by turning left and following the track up until you reach some green gates. Go through the gates (which date back to when the estate had a menagerie of exotic animals and deer for hunting). Follow the tree-lined avenue to another gate, here you can turn left to return to the car park.

6

Cross over the track and plunge into another different woodland area. How many different types of tree can you see as you follow the path through this young, natural woodland? After climbing some steps go through a kissing gate into a field.

7

Keeping dogs on leads, walk up the field, following the fence on your left. You're now in an area of ancient parkland surrounded on all sides by woodland. Take a moment to enjoy the beauty and seclusion as you walk up the field.

8

At the top of the field enter Cefn Gwyn Woodland through another kissing gate. Follow the path past the mature oak, ash and sycamore trees until you reach another kissing gate.

9

Through this gate follow the fence across the top of the field to another kissing gate. Through this gate turn left and walk diagonally across the field to the gate under the trees.

10

You'll see a triangular gate: this is our Culrew gate and it's designed to allow sheep access but prevent cattle from entering the path. Go through this gate and follow the path until you reach a large kissing gate.

11

Go through this last gate and turn left to take a well-deserved rest in the picnic area.

End:

Picnic area at Glan Faenol, grid ref: SH532698

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Menai Strait wildlife and woodland walk

Terrain

The walk takes you through twisting woodland paths, which can be muddy and are often wet. Some areas are covered in boardwalk, with some steps, making this walk unsuitable for pushchairs.

Dogs welcome but there are also fields to cross where dogs should be kept on leads, as there could be livestock grazing.

Menai Strait wildlife and woodland walk

Contact us

Menai Strait wildlife and woodland walk

How to get here

Address
Glan Faenol, near Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales
By train

Bangor Station 3.3 miles (5.3km), Llanfairpwll 4.6 miles (7.4km).

By road

Leave the A55 at jn 9. Take the Parc Menai turning at the roundabout.  Go straight over the mini-roundabout and take the first left (Ffordd y Plas) and follow Glan Faenol signs to the picnic area.

By bus

Take 6 or 43 bus from Bangor town centre to Parc Menai. Alight at the stop after the Premier Inn and walk down the road until you see Ffordd y Plas on your left.  Take this turning and follow Glan Faenol signs to the picnic area. For more information visit Traveline-Cymru

Menai Strait wildlife and woodland walk

Facilities and access

  • Shop, parking, tea-room and toilets available at Plas Newydd House
  • Dogs welcome but must be kept on leads where llivestock could be grazing