Visiting Anglesey with your dog
From dog-friendly beaches and coastal walks to woodlands and gardens, there are plenty of places to take your dog in Anglesey. The island is home to a wealth of wildlife, including red squirrels, colonies of terns and rare plants, so please keep close control of your dog at all times.
Our pawprint rating system
We’ve been working on making it easier for you to find out how dog-friendly your visit will be before you and your four-legged-friend arrive. To help with this, we've created a new pawprint rating system and given all the places in our care a rating. You can find this information in the National Trust members’ handbook.
There are many places to visit in Anglesey, read on to discover exactly where you can take your dog.
Where can my dog go in Anglesey?
- There are plenty of coastal walks to enjoy at Cemlyn, including the Cemlyn shingle ridge, Trwyn Cemlyn and Llanrhwydrus circular walk. Dogs are welcome all year round, however we ask that they are kept on a lead at all times due to wildlife, including nesting birds in the area. Cemlyn is a 1 pawprint rated place.Visit Cemlyn
The Canine Code
We’ve worked with our partner Forthglade to come up with this Canine Code, which helps to make sure everyone can enjoy their day:
- Keep them close: using a short lead helps to keep your dog from disturbing ground-nesting birds and farm animals. It's essential to use a short lead around sheep. But if cattle approach you, it's best to let your dog off the lead, and call them back when it's safe to do so.
- Pick up the poo: please always clear up after your dog. If you can't find a bin nearby, take the poo bags home with you.
- Watch the signs: keep an eye on local signs and notices wherever you're walking. They'll tell you if a beach has a dog ban, for instance, or if a path has been diverted, or if you're in an area where dogs can run off-lead.
- Stay on the ball: remember that not everyone loves dogs, and some people fear them. So make sure your dog doesn't run up to other people, especially children.
Keeping control of your dog
Our definition of close or effective control is:
- Being able to recall your dogs in any situation at the first call
- Being able to clearly see your dog at all times (not just knowing they have gone into the undergrowth or over the crest of the hill). In practice, this means keeping them on a footpath if the surrounding vegetation is too dense for your dog to be visible
- Not allowing them to approach other visitors without their consent
- Having a lead with you to use if you encounter livestock or wildlife, or if you are asked to use one
If you’re bringing your dog to the places we care for, here’s information on the Canine Code and pawprint rating system to plan your visit.
A ruggedly beautiful coastline of rocks, small bays and headlands to delight walkers. Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Plas Newydd is a two pawprint rated place. Tails will be wagging with excitement as we welcome your dog to the garden and grounds. Explore the Rhododendron Garden, Camellia Dell, Arboretum and Church Wood.
Discover a trail along the shingle ridge and watch a host of water birds on the lagoon at Cemlyn National Nature Reserve. This circular trail takes you across a causeway and along country lanes at Cemlyn Bay. It's perfect for walkers and wildlife spotters.
Follow this three-mile circular walk at Cemlyn on Anglesey, taking in sea views, rock formations, spiritual sites and wildlife. Lucky visitors may even see seals, and if you time it right, you can watch the sun set over the Irish Sea.
Explore varied native woodland and ancient parkland with views of the house and gardens at Plas Newydd and the hills of Snowdonia.