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View across the Menai Strait to Plas Newydd from Glan Faenol, Anglesey, Wales.
View across the Menai Strait to Plas Newydd from Glan Faenol | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

Glan Faenol wildlife and woodland walk

A moderate walk where you'll explore varied native woodland and ancient parkland. Enjoy views of the house and gardens at Plas Newydd and the hills of Snowdonia. If you're lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of a seal in the Menai Strait.

Total steps: 11

Total steps: 11

Start point

Picnic area at Glan Faenol, grid ref: SH532698

Step 1

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.

Step 2

As you approach the edge of the field you'll see the Faenol Wall. Take the gate into the woodland.

Step 3

Follow the path through the trees and enjoy the woodland colours of Glan Faenol. Leave the woodland through another small gate.

Step 4

Turn your back on the Strait and walk up the field for 50yd (45m) or so to a bridge and kissing gate on your right. Go through the gate and enter Boat House Wood.

Step 5

Follow the path through the wood. 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.

Step 6

Cross over the track and continue into another different woodland area. After climbing some steps go through a kissing gate into a field.

Step 7

Keeping dogs on leads, walk up the field, following the fence on your left.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 10

You'll see a triangular gate: this is a 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.

Step 11

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

End point

Picnic area at Glan Faenol, grid ref: SH532698

Trail map

Map showing route and steps of the Glan Faenol wildlife and woodland trail, Plas Newydd, Wales.
Glan Faenol wildlife and woodland trail | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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